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Trump and Lammy, a meeting to savour

Dear Editor

As an avid Trump supporter, I do hope that he returns to the White House. I also eagerly anticipate the meeting between him and our new Foreign Secretary, David Lammy, who once called Donald ‘a neo-Nazi sympathising sociopath’. What an uncomfortable cup of tea that will be. 

Derek Wilson



Opinionated civil servants

Dear Editor

I see that the senior Home Office spokesperson has described the former government’s Rwanda plan as an ‘extortionate gimmick’.

Does this mean that the civil service have now completely and utterly abandoned any pretence at being apolitical?

Anyone who gave such a politically biased statement would, in a normal world, be facing disciplinary  processes.

But no, it went to all of the media outlets and was clearly scrutinised by many top civil servants.

What a shambles of a governing class we now have.

Joe Farley 



UK’s needless suffering for Net Zero

Dear Editor

The truth is that China and other countries will continue to use coal, gas and oil to drive their economies. Obviously the climate apostles do not like facts upsetting their green applecart and would rather have us believe that the UK with its wind turbines, solar panels, EVs, heat pumps, eating less meat, no foreign holidays etc etc etc can save the planet. These climate apostles should realise that the UK’s share of global emissions is a meaningless 1 per cent whilst other countries burn coal, gas and oil and only promised at COP26 to try to reduce coal usage ‘sometime in the future’. Coal provides China with 61 per cent of global coal-fired power generation and India generates 71 per cent of its electricity from coal. Meanwhile the UK, reliant on expensive intermittent wind and sun, is heading down the mega-expensive green-brick road to economic oblivion. Will the world’s top ten oil and gas rich countries curtail their exports to save the planet? We all know the answer.

Clark Cross



Even Labour can’t make wind turbines useful

Dear Editor

We see that wind turbines under Labour will produce 35GW by 2030. They will of course do that only at wind speeds of around 30mph, regardless of who is in office.

In fact wind turbine output power typically peaks at 100 per cent of nameplate capacity with wind at around 30mph, falling to around 90 per cent at 60mph wind speed, when they cut off. They average only around 30 per cent of their nameplate rating over the year and on some days 35GW of the turbines will produce no more than around 1GW. 

Much of the difference of around 34GW must be met by gas turbines (GTs) which have to operate at low efficiency, in open cycle mode, ready to pick up load when the wind drops or exceeds 60mph. 

The cost of those GTs must be added to the cost of the wind turbines before cost comparisons are made, and they are not free. (Also to be taken into account is that the price of energy from wind farms is tied to the market price of gas.)

In fact the capital cost per TWh produced by the Dogger Bank wind farm, with back-up power, is more than that of SMRs (Small Modular Nuclear Reactors).

Roger J Arthur, CEng, MIEE, MIET

West Sussex


Whose culture? Not ours

Dear Editor

Is Bradford a City of Culture? Its residents, who suffer its incompetence, would argue it’s more the city of hypocrisy and chaos. This was once a great city with tradition and history. Not any more. Now it’s an Islamic colony overloaded with immigrants.

Bradford Council is more concerned with appearance than substance and is ‘all fur coat and no knickers’. Superficial and shallow. What would the Brontes, J B Priestley or Titus Salt say?

The city centre has been almost impenetrable to traffic for the last two years due to costly road ‘improvements’ for its year in the limelight. God knows what the judges were thinking when Bradford was chosen and if this was the best it doesn’t say much about the rest of this country.

And what do Bradford residents get in return?  Higher council tax and substandard services. 

In Ilkley, a long-suffering victim of Bradford’s maladministration and extortion, the council spends more money on decorative street lights and other cosmetic ‘improvements’ than essentials. Then it relies on volunteers to clear up the rubbish left by visitors who fill Bradford’s coffers with parking charges.

To pay for all this frippery Bradford cuts essential services such as libraries, closes the waste disposal tip, allows rivers to be polluted with sewage and forces people to use cars because public transport is poor and unreliable, and almost unbelievably provides no bus services to the city we pay our council tax to. And its children’s services are not fit for purpose.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Bradford wastes money on hundreds of car-wrecking speed humps that were opposed by residents, and pays incompetent council executives and directors exorbitant salaries. It does all this without the democratic approval of those who pay them. Us, the council tax-payers. 

So here and everywhere else in the UK, democracy is just a meaningless word. A sick joke. 

Bradford is so concerned about ‘culture’ that it has decided to stop supplying daily newspapers to its libraries. So those on low incomes and students and schools are denied news and information essential for education and democracy. How cultural is that?

Bradford isn’t a city of culture. It’s a cesspit of undemocratic incompetence overpopulated by immigrants. Culture? Multicultural? Whose culture? Theirs, not ours.

Malcolm Naylor



The truth about David Tennant

Dear Editor

Now it all becomes clear – David Tennant’s remarkable ability to portray intensely annoying and unlikeable characters is obviously due to the fact that he’s not acting

Anthony Stimson

New Hampshire, USA

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