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Warning – may be funny

Dear Editor

Readers may have noted the recent kerfuffle over theatrical ‘trigger warnings’. These ridiculous documents, which inform audiences about potentially distressing content, including abuse, violence and even loud noises, are flourishing everywhere. Dame Judi Dench was widely reported last week on this topic: ‘Don’t go to the theatre, Dame Judi Dench has told “sensitive” fans, in her response to pre-performance trigger warnings . . . “Do they do that?” Dench said in an interview with the Radio Times. “My God, it must be a pretty long trigger warning before King Lear or Titus Andronicus”.’

It’s not just the Bard – on May 9 I attended the Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval. It was an excellent performance and my congratulations to the cast and production team. (A matinee full house too!) It was also my first encounter with a ‘content warning’, emailed to me a few days before with the booking reminder. I found I the warning ridiculous and I wrote back to them querying it.

I suppose they feel they must add such a warning – but for an Ayckbourn comedy? Here’s the content warning summary I received:

 Act One:

• Bullying/ coercive control

• Death / Dying

• Sexism

• Sexual Content / Nudity / Masturbation

• Strong language

• Violence

• Xenophobia

Act Two:

• Sexual Content / Nudity / Masturbation

• Smoking

• Strong language

• Violence

I defy anyone to find ‘Nudity / Masturbation’ in ACoD. Madness, utter madness!

Peter Lucey

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Climate fiends should take a slow boat to China

Dear Editor

The interim chairman of the Climate Change Committee, Professor Piers Forster, has warned Scottish government ministers that they have to urgently bring forward plans to update Scotland’s legally-binding climate emissions targets. He says Scotland must roll out more EV charging points, reduce car traffic by 20 per cent, increase heat pump installations by a factor of at least 13 and double onshore wind capacity. Like all those on the UK Climate Gravy Train, he has lost touch with reality. Scotland has 0.1 per cent of global emissions so is insignificant. He pontificates that Scotland needs to double its onshore wind capacity. The 11,000 wind turbines already in Scotland produce 33 per cent of the UK’s electricity. Where would Professor Forster locate another 11,000 wind turbines?

I suppose it would be too controversial for the good professor to calculate the greenhouse gases created by sporting events and music festivals. He avoids this obvious source of millions of tons of emissions and instead he and his merry band of climate apostles want us to eat less meat, not fly or take foreign holidays, buy expensive EVs, fit an expensive yet inefficient heat pump and walk and cycle. He and his Climate Change Committee should go to China . . . by sailing boat.

Clark Cross 

Linlithgow


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The ‘cross the house’ party

Dear Editor


Wouldn’t it be easier for the Conservative Party to cross the house en masse and join the Labour Party? That way no one gets left out of a new ‘plum’ job or, worse still, gets stuck with being called a Conservative?

If it carries on like this the cartoonists are going to have a field day. One of those theatre boards with ‘Labour Party-standing room only’ perhaps?

Kathleen Carr

Sheffield

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Why the young lack empathy

Dear Editor

In Kathy’s TCW week in review she wrote: ‘Last week made me think there is something more fundamental at play that’s made this generation of young people much angrier, harder and almost entirely without empathy . . . Something has happened to their psyche.’

Apart from indoctrination in the so-called education system, there were lockdowns isolating them, cutting out socialisation and feelings of togetherness, belonging, relationships – empathy.

This is reinforced by the fact that we now have the first generation raised on mobile phones and social media from birth, also cutting out physical socialisation and true friendships, relationships, warm emotions and empathy. 

Cutting off feelings to survive childhood abuse can typically lead to addiction as a coping mechanism, or to other mental health problems including suicide. In the addiction field, we have seen and are also seeing increased rates of addiction during and post lockdowns, listed here.  Cutting off feelings for all these different reasons, as above, seems to lead to the current mess. 

Deirdre Boyd

Editor and publisher,  Recovery Plus journal

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Mordaunt by name . . .

Dear Editor 

Regarding your recent article, ‘Bad Penny’s taboo topics for MPs – you’ll never guess what they are’,  in my younger days, one of my hobbies was to spin, weave and dye wool. It was a lovely gentle hobby working with natural methods and making things in an old-fashioned way. During the process of making a lovely garment, one of the things we used was a substance called a ‘mordant’. These are sometimes quite caustic products, to be handled with care. 

Mordants made sure that the colour of natural dyes were fixed and ensured that the colour of the fabric did not fade quickly when exposed to light, repeated washing, or time. They also enabled the dyer to achieve a broader spectrum of shades and tones, so a bit manipulative, I would say. 

Does this put you in mind of the ‘fixer’ you were writing about?  

Anne Cunningham-Davis

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No wonder people don’t vote

Dear Editor

I have just read two excellent articles in TCW, ‘Bad Penny’ by Niall McCrae and ‘Injured and ignored’ by the excellent Sally Beck. Both articles reminded me of this scene by Richard Harris as Oliver Cromwell when he dissolves Parliament.



First, the Penny Mordaunt article. What is the point of having 650 MPs who are told what to think and what to say? I know there is truth in this, as I have corresponded with a number of MPs, and on any important subject the replies are clearly dictated by civil servants. Rishi Sunak can give an unequivocal assurance that covid vaccines are safe and he gets a chorus of ‘here, heres’. Any important debate such as excess deaths and attendance barely reaches double figures.

The article on vaccine compensation again shows how disconnected Parliament is from the people who put them there. When you talk to anyone about covid the usual comment is how badly we were lied to.

This all has extremely serious implications for democracy, as once people disconnect from the electoral system they express this by not voting. It’s not that they don’t care: they simply do not want to give credibility to people who have so badly betrayed them. As a consequence you get Sadiq Khan re-elected on 17 per cent of the electorate.

My biggest disappointment is that we have arrived at this situation with a Conservative government elected with a huge majority and they simply seem to have no concept of why the people are turning against them.

John

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