Cameron's EU pension warnings smack of cynicism

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Friday 27 May 2016 17:04
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David Cameron still has many questions to ask about reforms to our membership with the EU
David Cameron still has many questions to ask about reforms to our membership with the EU

David Cameron claims that pensioners will be worse off after Brexit. But when state pensions are unified throughout the EU, the amount is bound to be lower than at present in the UK (which is currently well above the EU average). Would it be too cynical to suggest that the prospect of losing an EU sinecure worth of perhaps £2m, including pension, could be affecting his judgement?

Ray Cantrell
Essex

Can somebody please explain what are the reforms that David Cameron claims to have obtained from the EU? Have they been formally ratified? I have yet to see this in black and white. I am still undecided.

Ken Simmons
Bristol

The Brexit campaign argues that the European project is there to serve the interests of the global corporations. In which case, why has France just raided the offices of Google and McDonald's in investigations over taxes?

Patrick Cosgrove
Shropshire

Public sector pension protection

The news that the government is considering cutting the pensions of Tata steel workers by linking future pension increases to the CPI rather than the RPI seems to be creating a fusss. I do not remember a similar fuss when the Government did precisely that to public sector pensions in 2011.

Chris Elshaw
Hampshire

SNP should stay out of Westminter business

That SNP cabinet minister, Fiona Hyslop, has spoken in Holyrood in support of Remain. Little surprise; she's obliged by the SNP constitution to say precisely what the party tells her to say.

What is unexpected is her job title: external affairs secretary. Assuming this isn't an oblique reference to her Westminster colleagues' private lives, we must imagine that Nicola Sturgeon has given her some kind of foreign policy remit.

Why? Holyrood's sole responsibility is domestic matters. Can't the SNP get on with what we pay them for rather than bigging themselves up to meddle in Westminster business?

Martin Redfern
Edinburgh

No clearer on rising temperatures

Your news story, 'Burning all remaining fossil fuels would devastate the planet, study warns', contains a schoolboy error translating a 10°C rise into 50°F.

Yes, on a thermometer 10°C = 50°F, but the two scales have different zero points, so each centigrade degree equals 1.8 Fahrenheit degrees (the "5/9" bit of the famous "5/9 + 32" formula).

So a rise in temperature of 10°C only equals a rise of 18°F because, in converting an interval rather than an absolute, you don't add the 32.

Clear? Oh well, I tried.

David Watson
Cold Harbour

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