TRADE: National assets were sold off

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The question at the end of the letter from Sue Cansdale, ‘what would those soldiers and their sweethearts make of our world now?’ (Morpeth Herald, April 21) must have a thousand answers, plus a series of new questions being asked.

Sue is probably much younger than this writer.

At 85 years old, he was too young to be able to have serious conversations with many First World War veterans.

He is, however, sure that many of his slightly older contemporaries who served in the Second World War believed in Britain being ‘Great’.

He is ashamed to admit that it was his generation that began to give away the independence for which those people fought.

Whether or not the present British electorate vote in the referendum to return more power to their MPs in Westminster, or to continue to give away independence to avoid risking paying import tariffs on items that should be made by British workers, remains to be seen.

Now that so many of our national industrial assets have already been sold off to international competitors, Tata for example, our income is earned in the form of wages paid to British workers for making profits for their foreign employers.

Those employers have the choice of being able to sell off or more easily close down the plants or whole industries when the selling gets tough.

The British managed to sell the country out of debt after the Second World War.

Perhaps it will happen again without the handicap of the EU.

Would that not help to answer Sue Cansdale’s question?

Norman Bateman

Morpeth