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Farage v the BBC audience

Dear Editor

I have just watched the BBC Question Time segment tonight (Friday June 28) when Nigel Farage was asked questions by a supposedly neutral audience chaired by the BBC’s Fiona Bruce (salary £390,00). I have never watched anything so obviously biased. The first question was: ‘What is it about you and your party that attracts racists and other extremists?’ accompanied by cheers from the mob. That set the tone for the event. Bruce constantly and aggressively interrupted the Reform Party leader in no way that she had the previous party leaders. To his credit Mr Farage kept his cool – I don’t know how – repeating obvious facts about the 6million net immigration numbers which have broken the infrastructure of Britain. The audience were deaf to logic, however. Where do the BBC get these people? There they were: soft hands, non-jobs, hostile stares, ‘intellectual’ beards – not a long-distance lorry driver, a construction worker, a retired mineworker,  a salesman, an Afghan veteran or a farmer in sight. The word ‘blob’ springs to mind.

William Loneskie


Is it all too easy for Trump?

Dear Editor

Short of Taylor Swift being the Democrat nominee, it looks as if Trump is home and dry for 2025. It all seems a bit too easy.

Kathleen Carr


Farage is right about Russia and Ukraine

Dear Editor

Re: Which Boris Johnson do we believe? (TCW June 24). Johnson pre 2024 and Nigel Farage now appear to have the full backing of the ex-Chancellor of Germany, Mrs Merkel, who admitted publicly that the Minsk Treaty of 2014 between Ukraine and Russia was never going to be upheld: it was just a ruse to allow time for Nato to build up their forces before confronting Russia at a time of their choosing. Merkel seems to have confirmed that Nato wanted war from the start but needed time to prepare militarily.

Russia is not going to be taken for a fool a second time. Nigel Farage is absolutely correct that the EU, US and Nato are responsible for the war in Ukraine, and if it turns into a world war they will be responsible for that as well. Millions will die while the cream of the WEF/UN/US etc hide in their nuclear bunkers and the peoples of Europe and possibly America take the hit.

The US are not prepared to lose World Top Dog status to Russia and/or China; war is their weapon, but their successes to date are pretty dismal – Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and now possibly Ukraine followed by the Middle East.  Eisenhower warned against allowing the Military-Industrial Complex to take control of the US government; sadly that is exactly what appears to have taken place, even more so now that Joe Biden is not in control of anything, least of all himself.

S Forbes



Cold kills more than heat

Dear Editor

Those who seek to attribute the current warm spell to climate change may wish to note that the worst UK drought on record was in 1540 when half a million died, when CO2 levels were much lower than now.

Since the 1920s, the number of deaths due to extreme weather events has reduced by more than 90 per cent – in spite of a four-fold rise in population – in parallel with an upward trend in CO2 levels.

Now more people are dying from cold than from overheating, exacerbated by fuel poverty.

Roger J Arthur

W Sussex


You ain’t seen nothing yet

Dear Editor

If you think things are bad now, just wait until after the election.

Sunak is no fool and, unlike the general population who are deliberately  kept in the dark by mainstream media, knows what is coming and called an early election to avoid the blame.

We are facing economic catastrophe, obscene inequality, civil disobedience and worst of all, war. 

Here in Ilkley it is a microcosm of inequality with boy racers ignoring speed limits with immunity in their Lamborghinis (funded by you know what) whilst war veterans sleep rough on the street.

Banks are accumulating masses of gold in preparation of the currency collapse that will first hit the US dollar as debt exceeds income, investors switch to gold and then cascade around the world leading to war.

Just check the current price of gold, look at its future predicted value and you might understand.

War has always been the capitalist distraction to take civil disobedience away from their own highly privileged streets. Orwell described this dystopia exactly in Nineteen Eighty Four.

The Russians have already signed a mutual defence treaty with North Korea and Sunak has done the same with Ukraine – barely reported by the capitalist-controlled mainstream media.

Does this sound familiar? Remember our treaty with Poland and what resulted from that!

Malcolm Naylor



Under starter’s orders

Dear Editor

I am wondering when the real election race begins?

John Pendlebury



Beware the e-scooter army

Dear Editor

Cycle lanes, cycle paths and other facilities are paid for by taxpayers. Motorists have to pay to use the roads and need insurance, MOT and a number plate for identification. Too many cyclists, e-cyclists and illegal e-scooter riders are injuring pedestrians by riding recklessly or riding on the pavements and through shopping malls, going through red lights and going the wrong way up one-way streets. They avoid justice as they ride off anonymously into the sunset. Compulsory number plates and an annual fee would be welcomed by the public. There are already illegal e-scooters on our roads and pavements but the police turn a blind eye despite the growing number of deaths and injuries. The UK government is at present conducting a trial of e-scooters down south with the intention of allowing them legally on our roads. Like bikes they will gravitate illegally to our pavements. Over 1 million e-scooters have been purchased so hopefully the next government will abandon this foolish and dangerous idea.  

Clark Cross



The shipping forecast shows how it should be done

This letter was sent to the Spectator but not published.

Dear Sir

Listening to the shipping forecast on Radio 4 FM on Sunday evening (which I do regularly), I realised that I was listening to one of the few objective weather forecasts now available. The rigorous format of geographical area, wind speed and direction, visibility and weather type, and of course the tight time frame for presentation, does not allow for subjective opinions or introduction of a ‘key-message’.  In the BBC land area forecast which follows directly after the shipping forecast, the latter is often littered with unqualified statements as to how hot, cold or wet conditions are, with the apparent intention being to spread despondency and panic, and to feed the warmist propaganda.

Of course the broadcasting of this useful source of information has been reduced over recent years. The availability of a wide range of ‘apps’, many of dubious provenance, is no substitute, and only serves to feed the welter of misinformation which the public is fed as a substitute for news.

James Dent


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