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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 April 2019

Tony Blair is a voice of reason on Brexit

Our readers have their say on Christchurch, teachers and the UK

Tony Blair speaks to The National's editor-in-chief Mina Al Oraibi. Victor Besa / The National
Tony Blair speaks to The National's editor-in-chief Mina Al Oraibi. Victor Besa / The National

I refer to Mina Al-Oraibi’s exclusive interview Tony Blair: Britain faces a painful Brexit...or a pointless one (March 26).

The UK should listen to his wise advice and opt for a second referendum. The nation is divided on the issue of Brexit and there is no harm is seeking a second opinion from the people of the country.

Britain’s exiting the European Union is a major and historic step. In the future, if Britain faces economic or political troubles, Europe will have no moral obligation to stand by the country and lend it a helping hand.

Mr Blair might be unpopular due to his role in the invastion of Iraq but he represents a voice of reason and temperance. His advice should now be heeded.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Prime Minister Theresa May has been having a very difficult time getting her Brexit plan approved. Britons should support her instead of making her life so difficult.

I am sceptical about Tony Blair’s advice. We must not forget he took the UK to war against Iraq.

Gillian Prestwood, UK

Neo-Nazis are as much of a terror threat as any other extremists

I write to you in reference to your coverage of the Christchurch terror attacks in New Zealand. In my view, perpetrators of violent acts who are far-right extremists should always be described as terrorists.

The term should not be reserved for Islamic extremists. When we differentiate between the two, calling the latter a terrorist and the former a mere assailant, we ascribe to their racist and immoral view of the world.

These terrorists, be they white supremacists or Islamists, wish to destabilise peaceful societies and must be stopped at all costs.

Paneir Selvam, Kuala Lumpur

Global Teacher Prize winner is a model for educators

I write to you in reference to your article Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi tells of ‘a new life’ for his pupils (March 25). The 36-year-old Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi received the Global Teacher Prize in Dubai from popular actor Hugh Jackman in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai. I was happy to read that Mr Tabichi is known for his dedicated and passionate service to the education of his often poverty-stricken students.

I believe he truly deserves this prestigious prize as he is a model for educators all around the world. I hope he will continue to bring happiness into young people’s lives.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Updated: March 26, 2019 07:11 PM

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