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Mark Steyn’s hockey stick defeat

Dear Editor

That is terrible news about Mark Steyn. What can we all do in this environment?  It feels really hopeless.

The Climate Crisis nonsense rolls on and with it Net Zero. A hockey stick to beat us with, of all things!   

Dave Hipperson


We need a Tucker Carlson

Dear Editor

I wish we had a Tucker Carlson here. And no, Piers Morgan is not a match, in case anyone immediately thinks of that self-promoting ego trip.

William Kenwright



How we could get decent MPs

Dear Editor

 Someone asked me who they should vote for in the next general election and I listed some key questions for any prospective parliamentary candidate. 

Will you:

·       Seek to withdraw from the UN migration pact and the ECHR?

·       Seek to withdraw from the proposed WHO treaty?

·       Refuse to attend WEF and CoP meetings?

·       Insist on having all laws proposed and scrutinised in Parliament?

·       Fight to end Net Zero at the first opportunity?

·       Withdraw from PESCO so that Britain can confront threats independently? 

·       Veto further Nato expansion or attempts to act as world policeman?

·       Seek the return of strategic assets to UK ownership?

·       Secure control of our borders and deportation of illegal immigrants?

·       Hold ministers to account for failing to comply with the Nuremberg Code?

·       Insist on exposing the principal causes of excess deaths?

Roger Arthur

W Sussex


Germany’s choice in 1933

Dear Editor 

Very interesting Christine Anderson speech.

My late uncle CJW Darwin (1894-1941) was educated in Germany before WW1. He kept in touch with his German friends after that war.

He wrote in his diary of 1933 that the German family told him that they had voted for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party because it was that party or the communists.

Hitler thus became Chancellor. 

Just a thought – and it will be interesting to see how the by-elections and general election go. 

I am nearly 80 but hope to stay alive for a few more years to see how much shit hits the UK’s fan.

Christopher Darwin



The folly of Scotland’s alcohol pricing policy . . .

Dear Editor,

‘Whisky an’ freedom gang the gither’, said Burns. Not in SNP-run Scotland they don’t. As a punishment for buying a bottle of Scotch we will now have to pay 30 per cent more for it from April. Like that bastion of freedom the Russian Federation, the SNP government punishes the majority because of a drunken minority through its minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy. This from a government which has gone through Health Secretaries like a dose of salts to the extent that the MUP increase was announced by the Deputy First Minister since the latest Health Minister, Michael Matheson, has resigned. 

As the Conservatives’ Shadow Health Minister Dr Sandesh Gulhane said, ‘it is clear that MUP is not reducing alcohol-related deaths’ since the number of such deaths has continued to rise under MUP. Yet the SNP administration have ignored the facts. They have doubled down on their own folly. It would not be so bad if that excess pricing went into the NHS, but it does not. The excess price goes straight into the tills of the retailers. Tesco will be pleased, both here in Scotland and also in northern England where their Berwick and Carlisle stores will be overwhelmed by Scots on booze cruises.

Perhaps nationalists should go further still and introduce prohibition. Just think of the great teetotallers of the world – Hitler, Che Guevara, Hamas, Trump, Biden. When in Ireland last April President Biden said: ‘I’m the only Irishman you ever met that’s never had a drink.’ Quod erat demondstrandum.

William Loneskie



. . . and its Net Zero policy

Dear Editor

Green MSP Minister Lorna Slater monotonously says that Scotland is ‘morally and legally’ obliged to reach Net Zero. What she never says is that only six countries have legally-binding Climate Change Acts and the other 190 only made wishy-washy promises which are being broken left, right and centre. She never in her green sermons admits that Scotland with only 0.1 per cent of manmade global emissions can achieve nothing whilst countries continue to increase their use of fossil fuels to drive their economies. Perhaps her green tinted glasses have stopped her reading recent headlines. China and India are building more coal-fired electricity plants and blast furnaces and that the US is now producing a record-breaking 13.1 million barrels of oil a day. Germany will spend €16 billion building four major electricity plants using natural gas which is the same gas the Greens are trying to ban in the UK. In fairness to her she needs to keep in the press and raise her profile to justify her Ministerial salary of £99,516 and hope taxpayers forget her £86 million bottle bank fiasco before the next Scottish elections. 

Clark Cross 



Do we want food shortages?

Dear Editor,

News of the imminent rise of the population of this country to seventy million and militant French farmers closing in on Paris with their tractors to protest against the imposition of insane green diktats and falling prices for their produce, brought to mind the farmers I have known.

My father, born in 1937, remembered rationing and being served dry cornflakes and nothing else for supper at his public school. Nobody was fat. Granted, the lack of milk may have been down to poor management by the school kitchen, but the rivers of cheap milk that we enjoy were certainly not a thing then.

He bought a small farm and worked back-breakingly hard to produce precious food for fairly small reward for thirty years.

A friend in our village strives to produce excellent beef and milk on the farm that his family have owned since God was a boy. Not for the first time last spring, he watched his entire herd being loaded on to a lorry for extermination after reacting positively to TB tests. One cow had just given birth. He described her screams as she was separated from her calf. He said he’d never seen his cattle looking so well, and that if allowed to live, most would probably not succumb to disease. Compensation was half the market value of the herd. With typical understatement, he said at the time he was finding it difficult to sleep.

Yesterday, another farming neighbour came to do some fencing for me. He said he was always grateful for the work, as his sheep make so little money that he is keeping fewer every year.

Sheep and cattle turn grass into home-grown, sustainable protein. Ominous talk of a third world war makes this look pretty valuable.

Solar farms on pasture and campsites are visible reminders of the necessity of diversification for the small farmer, but are not good to eat. Do we want food shortages?

Isabel Logan


The established church has failed

Dear Editor

Firstly I am not a woman nor a Conservative. To my shame I did once vote Conservative but I was only 18 at the time! But I commend Harry Blanchard who wrote the article about the the possibility of William disestablishing the C of E. Superb article . . . the established churches of Scotland and England have failed the people for whom Christ died. There is a lack of passion and conviction from the pulpit and little vision from those who make the decisions, and yet I find the faith and commitment of the folk who turn up week by week to be a source of consolation. I am an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland but I think we have lost our way. The late Queen was a woman of faith. I was privileged to preach at Balmoral as her guest for the weekend ten years ago and realised that for her Christ was real. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know who holds that future and my faith is in Him.

Rev Ian Miller


The Screwtape Letter (with apologies to C S Lewis)

Dear Editor,

We must not lose heart.  Well-informed sources have hinted strongly that one of the BBC’s finest employees, Dawn Queva, has been released from her contract so that she is available for the presidency of Harvard for which she is so eminently qualified.

We also have news of practical integration of diversity and Christianity.  As Archbishop Pontius Welby explained, Abdul Shakoor Ezedi has shown us that he places a very high pH value on his faith.  This is modern ecumenical Christianity of the best sort wherein Mr Ezedi can be both ‘a good Muslim’ and ‘wholly committed’ to Christianity, not just in his heart but in his actions. 

Finally we hear that Mohammed Bin Salman has ordered Newcastle United to get firmly behind transgenderism and integrate the persecution of lesbianism into the core of its values. Thus the Saudi state integrates ancient and modern. 

For those of us dedicated to bringing the DIE agenda to its proper conclusion, truly there is much to celebrate at the beginning of the Lunar New Year.  

Dr Screwtape

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