Letter: Beware the euro

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Sir: In reply to Austin Spreadbury (letter, 29 December), may I ask two questions?

Could the Eurosceptics explain why a single currency would not expose companies and economies to the market forces they support?

And why is it that our continental cousins, so burdened with the yoke of Brussels, still manage to be more productive and better educated and enjoy a higher living standard than we do?

The Eurosceptics, it would appear, prefer to use the Channel to hide poor education, lack of investment and appalling productivity rather than face the chill winds of Teutonic efficiency. History has some pithy comments on those who try to disguise their weaknesses with a veneer of nationalism.