PROJECT Fear is being reborn. The same old threats of doom, gloom and disaster.

If one looks carefully at the companies which spearhead this lemming-drive they mostly are owned by those registered in France, Germany, Spain and Italy and a smattering of others along with Mark Carney (Canadian) and the (good-old) BBC.

Just what is it that frightens them? Or, is because they see the UK as a good source of income?

Businesses located in the UK have for many years been able to rely on the EU telling them how, where, when and why they may do business; they need do no more work than follow instructions.

Their fear is that outside the EU they will have to do some hard business work, real stuff, if they wish to survive, let alone prosper.

Their directors and managers have never, in their working lives, had to do that, they do not know how to negotiate, Theresa May is the superb epitome; and, seemingly, they all follow that example.

What we see now is a wonderful display of that caveat: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Because Chaos Theory is far too difficult a concept, it is happily ignored.

The precision with which all the details needed to predict a future, in any discipline, is not available except in the short term.

For national economics one has to know how all the other countries in the world will fare.

It would take only a small insurrection, in the wrong place, to shatter any economy forecast. And that is only one of a myriad of potential disaster makers.

Do not believe the doomsters, your guess is as good as theirs, have faith in those who actually do the work, not those who think that they run the job.

David Loxley, Hartoft, Pickering

Sovereignty is key

AS a member of Thirsk and Malton Conservative Association, I received an email from our MP Kevin Hollinrake extolling the virtues of the Prime Minister and her endeavours to leave the EU.

Having failed to convince some of her Cabinet and other members of Parliament, she is now appealing to the country. This email has all the hall marks of compliance with Downing Street in this respect. Mrs May’s pronouncements that “No deal is better than a bad deal” has now morphed into “My deal is better than a bad deal”. How cynical is this? Has our MP forgotten that 56.4 per cent of his constituents in the Ryedale ward voted to leave the EU with an inalienable right to protect UK jurisdiction.

Mr Hollinrake makes references to Mrs May’s undoubted tenacity and draws attention to his own loyalty to her leadership.

Brexit is no longer about her leadership – but about one word – sovereignty – the supreme power of authority of a state to govern itself.

Ann Cleverly, Settrington

Fears are grounded

MS Allanson, curiously, still fails to get it (Gazette & Herald, November 26). Climate change argues incontestably against new sources of fossil fuels, urging that the billions used to support this industry be diverted to the support of renewables.

Nobody denies the benefits that fossil fuels have brought, but we are now environmentally literate, we now know the cost and we can no longer afford it.

Ms Allanson castigates those opposing fracking “who have no respect for our values, freedoms and economy”. Are these the same “values”, I wonder, that consign to oblivion the people of planet earth in order that the 10 per cent might enjoy short-lived huge corporate and individual wealth?

Are these the same “freedoms” which unsustainably subdue and destroy the nourishing earth in some specious and mendacious interpretation of the common good? Is this that global “economy” which has failed and must fail to eradicate mass poverty? Our fears are grounded, Ms Allanson.

David Cragg-James, Stonegrave