Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UK Has Allies in the EU

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UK Has Allies in the EU

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I SHARE W Newsham's disgust at big business subverting elected governments while avoiding tax (Viewpoints, May 17), but also Steve Roman's view that the 'EU provides us protection' from the neo- liberal excesses of successive governments since Thatcher that have hoodwinked people into thinking 'There is no alternative' (Viewpoints, May 24).

Too much of the EU debate is coloured by English national myths of Robin Hood (versus Normans), Agincourt (v French), Drake and Raleigh (v Spain), Waterloo (v French), the Somme and D-Day (v Germans).

We conveniently forget that for centuries our European victories against genuine tyranny and empire building by others have been achieved with European allies. Manchester, if anywhere, is testimony to immigrants and refugees bringing wealth to all - look at Manchester University's list of Nobel Laureates. …

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