Letters to Editors
The EU free movement principle can be changed
As published 31 January 2014
Sir, You quoted the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as saying that the free movement of EU citizens "could not be changed or renegotiated" (FT, 19 January).read more...
Letter to the Financial Times: Europe Union’s defence policy is a political project
As published 4 October 2013
Sir, The discussion on the military capabilities of the European powers (for example, “Syria shows why Europe needs to flex more muscle”, September 25) tends to be confused by advocates of a European security and defence policy, whose main armament is smoke and mirrors.read more...
Letter to the Telegraph - The Snowden Affair
As sent 4 July 2013
Sir, The Snowden affair has provided a heady brew for outpourings of cant, hypocrisy and hot air from the Left in the European Parliament. It is reminiscent of the similar “Echelon” allegations in 2001 which led to a committee of enquiry.read more...
Letter to the Times - Geoffrey Van Orden MEP on Europe
As sent 4 July 2013
Sir, Distinguished historians (Times, 3 July) are backing the Prime Minister’s aim of renegotiating Britain’s EU membership before giving the British people the opportunity to decide whether we stay or leave.read more...
Letter to the Times - The Centre Ground has Shifted
As published 13 May 2013
Sir, Daniel Finkelstein (Opinion, May 8) should appreciate that views regarded as right-wing some years ago now reflect the views of a majority and should more accurately be described as centrist. The political centre ground on both immigration and Europe has shifted.read more...
Letter to the Telegraph - EU not relevant to Britain's defence concerns
As sent 23 April 2013
We should be careful not to fall into the trap of confusing our defence interests, in particular our membership of NATO, with our role in the EU (Daily Telegraph, 23 April). For some, the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is a diversion from NATO commitments, for others it's an excuse to do less. Either way it is unnecessary.read more...
Letter to the EADT - Getting a grip on Immigration
As sent 26 March 2013
Sir, I have long shared concerns over uncontrolled immigration and have been consistently active on the issue over many years. Only Conservatives have both the desire and now, more importantly, the power to bring immigration under control - from wherever it comes.read more...
Letter to The Times - Distortions in Foreign Policy
As sent 26 October 2012
Sir, The British High Commissioner's talks with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi (Times, 23 October) are long overdue and much to be welcomed. The communal killings and riots in Gujarat ten years ago were indeed terrible events in which hundreds of both Hindus and Moslems died. I have enormous sympathy for those that suffered as a consequence.read more...
Letter to The Times - Leaving the EU
As published 12 July
Sir, your commentator Bill Emmott (Opinion, July 9) is right to suggest that in today's increasingly globalised world all national sovereignty is circumscribed in some ways.read more...
Letter to The Times - The Centre Ground in Politics
As sent 6 May 2012
Sir, As always, Matthew Parris’s scrutiny of the local election results (Times 5 May) contains much wisdom – but I think he is too dismissive of the concerns of “the majority of ordinary voters” and perhaps fails to draw the correct conclusion.read more...
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