Sir, Lord Haskins is a keen supporter of Britain's entry into the euro, (The Grocer, June 22, p6) but nevertheless is even-handed enough not to pin too much blame on the "relative strength of the pound against the euro".
For decades we have heard politicians blame the "strong pound" for all industries' ills whereas Lord Haskins refers to underinvestment and poor productivity in producing livestock.
He is totally correct in that while in the process of seeking short-term gains, British firms in a variety of sectors have ultimately sacrificed their own businesses.
A common tale, and not to be blamed on the pound, which is slowly but steadily being driven downwards relative to the euro by pro-Europe elements in key positions in order to make the onset of the single currency a smooth and seamless transition.
Kevin Webb
KWPR, Accrington

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