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Shocking stats

Dear Editor

Here are some ONS stats I think you will be shocked and horrified at. It has come about as a result of a Freedom of Information request and gives the Office for National Statistics figures of deaths caused by Covid as opposed to ‘with’ Covid and they are shockingly low. Did we really lock an entire country down in 2020 for just 1,550 under-65s dying? The figures as available show a mortality over two years of just 17,500 and that includes over-65s. The figure for the under-65s is much lower.  You might have heard of the Great Barrington Declaration which has been criticising governments worldwide approach over covid and has been signed by hundreds of thousands of scientists; it’s worth visiting their site here

Melanie Platt

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We need a morality reset

Dear Editor

If we are not saints (which we are not), we are all hypocrites in one form or other. So to expect saintly conduct from anyone let alone politicians is an unrealistic expectation. Lying and hypocrisy is their stock and trade.

Therefore to the astonishment of those who think they know me I am not calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Like us he is an extreme example of a hypocrite and liar and if he resigns all that will happen is he will be replaced by another hypocrite and liar and nothing will change. 

I say this with apologies and awareness to all those who are suffering loss and distress and have lost loved ones by following the ‘rules’.

It is time humanity recognises its character, admit our failings.

It’s not replacement of politics and politicians that’s required. It is a major review and reform of our systems of administration, morality and equality. Treating the monarchy and the Queen as a God is the kind of idolatry we have been warned about. We will not find wisdom there.

Any society that idolises secret agents who are ‘licensed to kill’ and regards military that trains to kill and destroy others as heroes is hardly civilised. Unrealistic? Arguments to justify aggression have always been well rehearsed.

We need fundamental reform and this can only be achieved through education. And true education of life. Not the capitalist inspired propaganda that is provided now.

Malcolm Naylor 

Ilkley

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Mass hypnosis

Dear Editor 

Having been born in Germany, brought up in Canada and having worked in Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and India, I have friends and acquaintances and connections in many countries. Many of these people are well-educated and were free thinkers and of liberal persuasion, however since the plandemic they have almost all been hypnotised and I find it very difficult communicating with them.

I am astonished how this could happen in all of these countries and to so many people all at the same time!  This is not only hard to believe but also hard to explain!

We are definitely living in trying times.

Bruno Weckert 

Rheinhessen, Germany

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Persecution of the motorist

Dear Editor

The SNP/Green Scottish Government is ramping up its war on motorists. Councils will be given the power to introduce a workplace parking levy from 4 March 2022. To date, Nottingham is the only city in the UK imposing this levy and charges an annual £417 per space. Many businesses have passed this cost on to their employees who use the spaces. Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Dey is behind this Draconian decision and says: ‘Scotland needs to take world leading bold action to tackle the climate emergency.’ This is laughable since Scotland is responsible for only 0.13 per cent of global emissions. Scotland has 2.5million cars but there are 1.446billion in the world. Other than car-hating Edinburgh I suspect few councils will implement this policy. Edinburgh Council should lead by example and do a trial and charge the university staff and students and their own workers £417 a year for all the thousands of free parking spaces. That would bring in lots of cash. The Scottish local elections are due to take place on 5 May 2022. Motorists must vote out the SNP and Greens and thus stop the persecution of the motorist.

Clark Cross 

Linlithgow

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BBC ignores the dark side of Dubai

Dear Editor,

The foundations on which the BBC were built a hundred years ago are cracking. Their original mission statement to inform, educate, entertain and inspire has been an undoubted success. However, in spite of their protestations to the contrary, these vows which over the decades have gained global respect and admiration are being dishonoured and eroded by increasing levels of bias and political correctness.

This is evidenced in a 2018 Executive Committee directive. Buried in their 29-page Code of Conduct there was reference to the need for relevant staff to attend an hour-long ‘course’ in order to attain ‘knowledgeable’ status when reporting on the emotive subject of climate change. Further contradictory instructions also advised against ‘false balance’ and that ‘to achieve impartiality you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change’.

The recent BBC2 documentary Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich may have entertained many viewers but singularly failed in every other department. Behind all the glitz and glamour and hedonistic lifestyles of thousands of millionaires, this convenient hypocritical marriage of Arab enterprise and western capitalism, lie unsavoury topics that the ruling elite did not want aired. To construct stable skyscrapers that have mushroomed out of the barren desert sands, truly staggering volumes of concrete and steel have been used. Dubai is also heavily reliant on a massive desalination plant for its water. All this is highly damaging to the environment. This mirage of prosperity endows the residents with the dubious distinction of having the largest carbon footprint on the planet. Last but certainly not least, the vast yet vital army of underpaid immigrant domestic servants and construction workers whose passports are frequently confiscated and who live in overcrowded squalor were neither seen or heard. For an organisation that is so vocal on climate, environmental and human rights issues, this amounted to another disgraceful dereliction of duty.

Neil J Bryce

Kelso

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