Letters: Iain Christie, March 21, 2017

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday January 25

File photo dated 17/1/2017 of Theresa May, who is facing renewed calls from business leaders to ensure the greatest possible access to the European single market after Brexit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 25, 2017. A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found almost a third of its members involved in exporting feared their overseas sales would fall as a result of the decision to leave the EU. See PA story INDUSTRY Brexit. Photo credit should read: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday January 25 File photo dated 17/1/2017 of Theresa May, who is facing renewed calls from business leaders to ensure the greatest possible access to the European single market after Brexit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 25, 2017. A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found almost a third of its members involved in exporting feared their overseas sales would fall as a result of the decision to leave the EU. See PA story INDUSTRY Brexit. Photo credit should read: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire
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As the approach of Brexit shortens I find it increasingly fascinating to witness the pre-eminence of “self-interest” over co-operation in the strategic impulses of the “Brexiteer brain”.

Examples started with the Trump/Farage meeting immediately following their respective “victories” which they described as a discussion on “winning”. Our Prime Minister then went into overdrive with the same aims, and continues to do so. She reacted to a commentator’s question about her attitude towards Trump’s unashamedly macho boast about his dealings with women with a curt “He has apologised now”, thus instantly forgiving him and ingratiating herself and us solely to massage our trading self-interest.

She and her cohorts then demonstrated the hypocrisy required to promote our self-interest with regards to immigration by ignoring her usual adherence to the “will of the people”, (that being the depressing and all too common wish for the removal of all foreign workers) by sliding in the notion that those EU nationals already here may stay after Brexit, as their labours are required to enhance our self-interest.

Finally (up to now) she displayed her two-pronged zeal for the satisfaction of our self-interest by informing the SNP that they would be foolish to “go it alone, and lose easily their biggest market by leaving the union that is the UK”, easily recognisable as the exact opposite to her argument for Brexit itself. Is this really the logic and morality that we intend to hand on to our future generations ?

I Christie

Dersingham