How anyone sensible can attack Kenneth Clarke for doing his best to see this does not happen passes my comprehension ("Can anyone fill Clarke's shoes?", 25 September).
Of course HMG, especially the Prime Minister himself, go on staunchly reiterating that we are determined to be "at the heart of Europe". Up to now the only evidence of this proud aim, as seen by our mainland partners, is Britain's readiness in the Council of Ministers to administer cardiac arrests whenever it is thought, rightly or wrongly, that our national interests could be adversely affected.
What makes this situation worse is a growing suspicion by many Conservatives who are neither obsessed Europhiles nor wets nor unpatriotic lefties, that the true motivation of some of our Tory Euro-sceptics is to put their faith in narrow nationalist attitudes, tinged with xenophobia, to try to ensure that enough popular sentiment is whipped up to secure a fifth Conservative term in office.
Sir FREDERIC BENNETT
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