Brexit, concussion, Turkey, internet dating, Bernie Sanders, language Letters towards the editor

Absolutely Nothing even compares to EU

Your frontrunner advised that “Scotland…is once again agitating for a divorce” (“The real risk of Brexit”, February 27th). This might be just maybe maybe not the full instance: the nationalists are agitating, but Scotland is not. A YouGov poll in February this season revealed that only 10% of Scots think another referendum must be a concern for the following government that is scottish and therefore just 36% would help a referendum within the next 5 years. Also Brexit isn’t a legitimate explanation to split the United Kingdom up. EU membership for a breakaway Scotland will be uncertain, and making great britain would make no financial feeling.

Present research by Scotland in Union demonstrates that Scotland currently exports between three and four times the maximum amount of to your other countries in the British because it does to somewhere else into the EU. The risk of trade barriers between Scotland and the rest of the UK and the potential for reduced freedom of movement across the border, would support Scotland remaining within the UK in the event of brexit.

ALASTAIR CAMERONDirectorScotland in UnionGlasgow

Those who work in the “Out” camp should do not have illusions that Britain should be best off by itself. Despite their sound, they will have did not comprehend the possibility for a vote to leave in England however a vote in which to stay Scotland. If, as seems very nearly particular, the SNP continues to dominate the government that is scottish the parliamentary elections in Scotland in might, a lot of those whom voted against self-reliance in 2014 will vote in preference of it will another liberty referendum take destination. Scotland will likely then look for a separate future within the EU.

STEPHEN SMITHHawick, Scotland

I remain baffled that the governmental classes aren’t able to grasp that the overriding cause for disillusion among European citizens, evidenced inter alia by the increase of separatist motions in lots of countries—not just Britain—is its huge deficit that is democratic. For instance, presidents associated with the eu aren’t elected: they have been appointed after governmental horse-trading. Imagine just exactly what would take place in the event that president for the united states of america were become appointed without having the US individuals having a say. David Cameron could have won a couple of advantages for anyone of Britain but he missed the chance to begin an activity which may have offered a powerful voice that is democratic the individuals of European countries.

TOM MOSSCamberley, Surrey

As an undecided Uk voterI ended up being interested to read through your situation for staying within the EU (“The Brexit delusion”, February 27th). Did i am aware precisely? Nonetheless imperfect the existing arrangement, then those in charge of the EU would contrive to ensure that our lives on the outside would be more miserable than on the inside if Britons voted to leave. Is this actually likely to win us over? Does the EU exist to serve the welfare of Europeans or simply to perpetuate unique presence? We worry you could have unintentionally highlighted the strongest explanation to get down.

Knock knock

Your article on concussions in sport which appears tacitly to offer the proposed ban on tackling in rugby for the kids, feels very away from line together with your newspaper’s basic ethos (“Schools and difficult knocks”, March fifth). The Economist is typically cautious about state intervention and it is very swift to point the law out of unintended effects.

We discovered just how to tackle properly in the chronilogical age of eight. I will be nevertheless playing complete contact rugby union three decades later on. We attribute my longevity in part to your coaching that is excellent my youth. Would you really expect that the generation of young ones whom could be afflicted by this ban on tackling only will “figure out” how exactly to tackle and get tackled (by bigger, meaner chaps) once they turn 18 and graduate to your contact game that is full? Certainly this is certainly an unintended consequence which will be well well worth pointing down.

JONATHAN GOODEDirector of RugbyBay Street Rugby Football ClubToronto, Ontario

Turkish pleasure

* Given that creator for the eu affairs ministry that Charlemagne wrote about i really couldn’t forgo the urge to react (20th) february. President Erdogan considered Turkey’s aspirations into the EU significant and created the ministry to pay attention to the reforms that are necessary attempting to reduce steadily the quantity of cabinet jobs.

It’s not fault that is turkey’s some in the nation declare that the “EU’s title means betrayal”. Our allies that are european comprehend that Turkey’s citizens will perhaps not enable their nation to behave as a bumper involving the EU and also the center East. Turkey is really a democracy maybe not just a sultanate or kingdom and general public viewpoint does matter. It’s Turkish democracy and residents of y our country which have elected and re-elected Mr Erdogan while the Justice and developing Party (AKP). When compared to a few of the brand brand new people in the EU, Turkey is more ready to get in on the club.

Turkey is (and constantly happens to be) devoted to increasing the living requirements of its residents by applying the necessary EU reforms—even if some EU leaders elect to ignore this. Turkey may possibly not be perfect however it is much better than when the AKP first arrived to energy.

EGEMEN BAGISFormer Minister of EU Affairs & Chief Negotiator of TurkeyIstanbul, Turkey

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