The Star has readers in surprising places, one of them - seemingly - Andrew Duff, the Lib/Dem MEP.

Mr. Duff fired off a rapid response to my comment column last week, and I have published it on page 10. It came in on Monday by fax and e-mail, which is interesting as we deliver few copies door to door in Cambridge, from which he writes.

Even more interesting is his odd argument, which would fail to win a vote in a secondary school debate. His letter - please read it for yourselves - says a clause he hopes will be included in the constitution of the United States of Europe, currently being written, allows for a "negotiated secession."

Only in Lib/Dem dreamland, I'm afraid. The truth is that without three-quarters of the votes of the EU Council of Ministers, two-thirds of the members of the puppet parliament and ratification by the parliaments of every member state - there are currently 15-Britain would never be allowed to leave, a fact which has been previously stated by leading Euro politicians. I can supply the quotes, for I have boxloads of this stuff.

Beware of Lib/Dem MEPs bearing promises…..I hope this reaches you quickly in Cambridge, Mr. Duff.

Interesting EU facts, continued: The Lord's Prayer runs to 56 words. The Ten Commandments comprise 297 words. The American Declaration of Independence is 300 words. The EU directive on the export of duck eggs runs to 26,911 words.

This from the wonderful people who brought you regulation curves on bananas and regulation hairnets for fishermen. Not that there are many British fishermen left, of course, thanks to them.

How glad I am that there is not one national police force, as a past Hampshire chief constable has suggested. This will come, of course, prior to it being swallowed up into the coming Europol police force, but for now we have regional variations.

This means that while Hampshire is hot on the heels of motorists doing 36 mph in 30 limits, Surrey has taken a more enlightened approach.

Surrey has just 18 speed cameras and no plans to install more. Neighbouring Thames Valley, which covers Sandhurst, has 300.

Surrey Police say they are moving away from the concept of speed cameras and instead show motorists disturbing pictures of road accidents.

Chief Supt Bill Harding, who has devised the scheme, has studied 1,500 accidents and - just as I have been saying for years - found that excess speed played a part in only a few. He claimed the reasoning behind national campaigns which promoted speed as a major cause of accidents was NOT borne out by his research. Some speed cameras had actually caused an increase in accidents, he said.

Perhaps all the opponents of the private car, forever making roads more impassable with humps and "build-outs", should mull over these words of wisdom.