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How to deal with safety concerns – or not

Dear Editor 

Once again, following the incident of a door panel blowing out of a Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the reaction was swift. More than 170 planes were grounded for inspection after ten people on board a flight suffered injuries (non-fatal) after de-pressurisation and rapid descent.

The US Federal Aviation Authority acted quickly and decisively while the response from the manufacturer was less than forthcoming. A whistleblower who has raised concerns about the manufacturer has been found dead from a gunshot wound during a court case in which he was testifying about the problems.

Despite a rising mountain of evidence that the ‘vaccine’ trials data may not have been entirely correct and many growing concerns of rising injury and horrendous excessive deaths, the US Food and Drug Administration remains tight-lipped and the manufacturers continue to produce the same products to the same standards and inflict them on anyone who cares to accept them.

Statistics show that travelling on a Boeing aircraft remains safe. Immediate action reinforces this belief. Had nothing been done, the perception of safety may have been damaged. Alternatively, they could have released a statement after the incident stating that ‘Boeing aircraft are safe and effective’, and done nothing until crashes killed more people.

J Tumilty

Co Durham


The full Disney

I suppose we’ve all run out of words about that plinth, that is Mayor Khan’s testament to black ‘everywoman’.

Well, it looks to me like we’ve gone full Disney now; that art is what they say it is and monuments have been completely devalued. 

They know all that, of course. They just enjoy p*ssing us off. 

Garry Lavin


Shapps is playing games over defence

Dear Editor

In politics, as in romance, timing is everything. So when Defence Secretary Grant Shapps talks about raising defence spending from two to three per cent of GDP shortly after the Budget, it is rather like a man ignoring his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day and giving her red roses a week later.

Since the start of Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in February 2022, it has been obvious that UK defence spending was woefully inadequate. All the more so since Hamas’s atrocities on October 7 and the Houthis’ attacks on merchant shipping including sinking a British-owned cargo vessel.

If Mr Shapps was sincere, he would have made the arguments publicly before the Budget, and, indeed, if he appreciated the seriousness of the situation, he might well have made it a resigning issue. As it is, he is just playing political games.

Otto Inglis



The devious Climate Change Committee

Dear Editor

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) was set up as the Government’s official advisers on decarbonisation and asked for their proposals and costs on reaching UK Net Zero 2050. Now climate campaign group Net Zero Watch is calling for an inquiry into CCC. It was revealed by the Sunday Telegraph that CCC’s chief executive Chris Stark told his staff to ‘kill’ a negative news story by using ‘technical language’ despite being bound by the Nolan Principles of Public Life which require ‘openness’ and ‘accountability’. The CCC has been both controversial and devious from day one. Net Zero Watch revealed disturbing facts. In 2013 the then chairman Lord Deben (formerly Conservative MP John Selwyn Gunner) did not disclose a conflict of interest since he remained chairman of a company involved in wind farm installations. In 2019 Lord Deben’s family company was still taking large sums of money from businesses working in the environmental sphere and the payments were not properly disclosed in the Register of Interests. In 2021 CCC used spurious weather data. CCC used far too low costs for electric vehicles to get the forecast results they wanted but tried to hide its model by fighting a Freedom of Information request. Despite being warned CCC assumed extraordinary and impossible Net Zero cost reductions would happen in the future. Net Zero will cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of pounds higher than CCC forecast. CCC is no longer fit for purpose, if ever it was.

Clark Cross 



Are EV ambulances such a good idea?

Dear Editor 

According to the Telegraph, EV ambulances are on the way. Each ambulance might need a standby generator. Otherwise, if it takes ten times longer to charge an EV than an ICE ambulance, we will need many times the number of ambulances currently in operation for the same availability.  

That is unless ambulance stations have exchangeable batteries, providing that at a weight of around 1 tonne each they can be exchanged quickly. Bear in mind also that the electricity supply to some ambulance stations will need to be upgraded and that will not happen overnight. One wonders how much planning has been put into this. 

Also imagine how long an electric combine harvester or tractor may have to be out of service for recharging, and the picture only gets worse.

Roger Arthur 

West Sussex


Fame at last!

Dear Editor

I was watching GB News on Thursday evening (March 14), and as the programme presenters often do, they asked for viewers’ comments and read them out live. On this occasion they were discussing the forthcoming 5 per cent pay rise for MPs.

Imagine, only here can politicians earn more while Rome burns. Should that be Net Nero?

I dashed off an email, saying: ‘If these people were on performance related pay, they would all be skint.’ The presenter read it out with my name – fame at last!

Trevor Anderson

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