18 AUGUST 1967, Page 22

The irresponsible Germans


From A. Menshausen, Professor Richard Ash- craft, John T. Sladek, The Countess of Laudei- dale, W. H. Gear, M. G. K. Pierson, Colin Welch, James Mottram, Ales Orga.

Sir: The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung gives a short report on your article 'Germans without responsibility' (Ii August), reproaching them vari- ous actions in the field of economics, endangering the recovery of economic life in England.

Is that a question that could be of interest to any German? Were you ever interested in German welfare? So, please let us Germans look after our business, and you look after yours without asking us to make any sacrifices for your sake?

Now you propose to withdraw your troops from Western Germany unless we pay for their upkeep and for more! Withdraw them! We are certain that in case of a hardening of the political situation in Europe your troops will withdraw at once and will try to embark in the Western ports as you did in 1914 and 1940.

The presence of your troops in Western Ger- many is without any practical value. Your troops are there just to make the world believe that Eng- land is still an important, a world power, bound to play an important part in world politics, and this part you want to play at the expense of Western Germany.

No, Sir, that will not do! 'Britannia rules the waves' is out of fashion!