Letter:Confederal Europe needs time to evolve

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Sir: Today I became heartily ashamed of being a British citizen. Today ministers of the Crown went to Brussels with the express purpose of torpedoing essential EU legislation relating to the success of small business and overseas aid. And why? Just because HM Government has been either unwilling or unable to come to terms with the long-term so-called mad cow crisis and was finally brought to book by some equally intransigent Continental governments.

Two wrongs have never made a right. These ridiculous acts of Euro-political vandalism have disgraced Britain's previously proud position as the nursery of democracy and the Mother of Parliaments.

All the perpetrators of these childish acts should immediately offer full and unreserved apologies to the nation and our European partners.

NICHOLAS A MENDES

Droitwich, Worcestershire

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