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The question - The Euro

This week a media storm has swept through the normally tranquil North Wales town of Llangollen. The reason? Local MP Martyn Jones has declared the town part of the Eurozone for its week-long International Music Festival. So are you ready for the Euro?

Being British and fiercely proud of it (and of all things that make us different from those other countries whose only purpose in life appears to be to beat us at games we invent), my first reaction to the Euro was not favourable.

However, having done the Continent a few times since the introduction of monopoly money, it seems a jolly spiffing idea to be able to get a big wallet full of Euros then flit from country to country purchasing the local fizzy pop and not having to do regular battle with a licensed bandit posing as the foreign exchange counter of my local bank. My guess is dear Tony and Gordon will soften us up for the big change by allowing us to jet off abroad and get used to the funny money for a year or two, then slip in a quick change when no one is looking.

Robert Pike, 40, senior engineer, Exeter

Money was to invented to promote trade and make life easier for all of us. The idea has worked quite well: imagine laying a few cubic metres of tarmac in the supermarket car park in exchange for the week's shopping! Surely, having money that works in several countries instead of one is just a natural development of this idea, as more and more of us travel abroad and do business with Europe, directly or indirectly. The only people who gain from having different currencies are the banks and exchange bureaux. Who pays? You guessed it!

James Markland, 45, chief technical adviser, Maputo

The Euro, along with some of the 'straight banana' nonsense, is the price we have to pay for peace. It is worth it, and will undoubtedly come when the politicians decide that the pound to Euro exchange rate is acceptable to the majority in the UK. One of the unexpected side effects is that as the Euro is not generally held in very high esteem by all the voters within the EU, it brings with it a unifying influence!

Dennis Gedge, 59, consulting engineer, Devon

All Euros destined for the UK should, initially, be deposited in my bank account (number to follow). I will distribute them from there, once the aspiring President of Europe has explained to Her Majesty's more humble subjects the disadvantages of a one-sizefits-all base lending rate, and, to the money-launderers among them, the advantages of a one-size-fits-all currency.

Does this help, or merely demonstrate my total ignorance of the subject?

Andrew Fraser, 52, engineer, Stirling

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