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We should not negotiate with Hamas

Dear Editor

We have all negotiated at some time, most likely starting with our parents over bedtime or something like that. Most of us have had to try to negotiate with dodgy tradesmen or some other sort of chancers. But none of us has had to deal with callous religious fanatics bent on our destruction, which is the situation facing Israel.

Hamas has been holding been holding one Israeli, Avera Mengistu, since 2014, and another, Hisham al-Sayed, since 2015. Yahya Sinwar and the other key terrorists in Hamas do not intend to yield up the remaining hostages in exchange for released prisoners, benefits for the people of Gaza, peace even. 

No, their intention is to keep Israel on the hook indefinitely. They won’t say even say who they hold and who is dead.

The Hamas terrorists’ atrocities on 7th October were intended to provoke a full-scale Israeli invasion of Gaza with all that entailed in terms of destruction and Palestinian civilian deaths.

Indeed, Hamas has been absolutely consistent in its disregard for the Geneva Conventions, all international law and the best interests of the Palestinians.

Western leaders should not be pressuring Israel to agree a ceasefire with Hamas, as any terms Hamas agrees to will be so one-sided as to be a defeat for Israel. On the contrary, the West should give the people of Israel our fullest support in this war against these monsters.

Otto Inglis



 Loathsome anti-Israel mob

Dear Editor

I would like to second Greg Bennett’s thanks for TCW‘s continued support for Israel. [Letters, last week] I don’t have a religious bone in my body, but if I did I like to think it would be Jewish.

It’s difficult to say which aspect of the verminous anti-Israel mob is more loathsome — its appalling moral vacuity or its abysmal ignorance. That both are wilful only adds to the shame to which such [excrement deleted] are notoriously insusceptible.

Tony Stimson

New Hampshire



E-bikes and e-scooters must be controlled

Dear Editor

Sir Iain Duncan Smith has tabled a series of amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill that would lead to those riding bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, unicycles and ‘personal transporters’ facing tougher penalties if they injure or kill pedestrians. Politicians must support this Bill or face the wrath of the public who have seen too many rogue cyclists and e-scooter riders causing deaths and injuries and avoiding adequate punishment since today’s law is based on a Victorian 1861 law for ‘wanton and furious driving’ intended for riders of horse-drawn carriages. This only provides for a maximum of two years in jail whereas today a motorist can face a life sentence. Already numerous deaths and serious injuries have been caused by bikes and e-bikes, which are legal on the roads but not on pavements, and private e-scooters which are not legal in the UK but which are blatantly being ridden with little police intervention. There are 1million privately-owned e-scooters just awaiting government approval to legally swoop on to our roads and illegally on to our pavements. This proposed Bill will provide the opportunity to introduce identification, compulsory insurance and a road tax for these modes of transport.

Clark Cross



The misleading name of the Conservative Party

Dear Editor

I have just received an email from Companies House.  

‘New Rules for Company Names. We are running stronger checks on Company Names which may give a false or misleading impression to the public’.  

Does this also apply to political parties? Could the Conservative Party be reported? Its name is certainly misleading.   

Richard Nuttall


State funding is corrupting science

Dear Editor

There are climate alarmists who accuse those who express contrary views on the causes of climate change of ignoring facts and disseminating nonsense. They should instead welcome open debate on the basis that science is never settled, but is in fact a process of perpetual enquiry. Those who assert that a 97 per cent majority of scientific sources unequivocally support the theory of anthropogenic global warming choose to conveniently ignore serious and valid research which has revealed that this ‘consensus’ was arrived at through deliberately flawed methodology. 

Climate zealots would do well to ponder the theory of continental drift (plate tectonics) which was first proposed in 1912 by the meteorologist Alfred Wegener. This created much heated debate, disbelief and even ridicule. It took a further fifty years before this theory became accepted as fact. 

Human sourced emissions when expressed in terms of gigatonnes (a billion metric tons) may indeed sound alarming to many people but it should be realised that carbon dioxide, vital though it is for life, is a trace gas which constitutes just 0.04 of all atmospheric gases of which just 3.8 per cent are of human origin. We should get things in perspective and accept that although the COconcentration has indeed increased, analysis of data retrieved from ice cores and ocean sediments reveal that there are also numerous natural factors such as solar variability, cloud cover and fluctuating ocean currents that have always had and continue to have overriding influences on our continuously variable climate. These are facts that should not continue to be ignored, but as many scientific research grants are reliant on state funding the result is the regrettable corruption and politicisation of science.

Neil J Bryce



Banks are far from ‘friends for life’

Dear Editor

As is now widely understood, banks create money from thin air when they make a loan. No longer are they the respected intermediaries in towns or villages, entrusted with the savings of widows and orphans, or the canny holders of money carefully invested to provide pensions for the retired.

Hence the closure of their branches that are now a legacy of such picture postcard activity, as they move into the modern age where printing money to pay for government lunacy and the financing of wars, yields profit for little real skill or effort other than working a computer.

And even this new money they create is so-called ‘fiat’ currency. Just paper or computer numbers issued by government and accepted as good by the receiver, when in fact it is worthless. Not real currency backed by anything such as gold, as was the case in a century past.

This unbacked fiat money can also be created in any amount that may be needed, thus allowing politicians to spend a billion here or there on whatever wins a vote, or to finance wars worldwide where death and destruction are the outcomes.

 A friend for life?  Not my life, anyway.

 Malcolm Parkin


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