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Ukrainians die to save Johnson’s skin

Dear Editor

That Boris Johnson was a chancer was well known. However, his zeal in the Ukraine crisis is pretty repellent by any standards. Can anyone find any past speeches, writings and interviews by Johnson on Ukraine? Has he ever raised the issue of Donbass before or showed any interest in that troubled land as Foreign Secretary? If it’s no, why the sudden conversion? His career being on the line a couple of months ago, he saw an opportunity and ran with it when Russia trundled into Ukraine. Johnson has been the lead driver for the cruel and punitive sanctions on Russia that will hurt ordinary Russians and populations across the world, and the UK itself, from food shortages, to the supply of essential goods and services, along with rocketing inflation and energy bills. He has led on flooding Ukraine with lethal weapons and mercenaries of every hue. Johnson is content for the pointless destruction of Ukraine to continue and to shift the blame elsewhere to avoid scrutiny of the West’s complicity in this crisis. From being cavalier about the vaccine to being a warmonger of the highest order to save his job, this politician inspires the deepest revulsion.

Rhydwenna E Jones


Johnson didn’t win – Labour lost

Dear Editor

It does not come as any surprise that Boris Johnson emerges as statesmanlike against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; it would be difficult for a British Prime Minister not to do so. 

However, do not be fooled, this is the same Boris Johnson who exhibited such appalling judgement in the face of minor political scandals, mismanaged the interpretation of Sage committee predictions into senseless restrictions on the population and wholeheartedly accepted the opinions of climate change champions based on cherry-picked science.

The folly of the United Kingdom’s energy policies in recent decades was plain for many to see but these voices were drowned out by climate hysterics, advocates of globalism and short-term commercial interests. Successive administrations have failed to recognise the strength of feeling in the country over energy security vs Net Zero, in the same way they failed to comprehend Brexit.

Do not be fooled by the PM’s ostensible conversion on this issue; we need a competent administration in Downing Street with mature leadership and experienced cabinet ministers drawn from parliamentarians with true conservative convictions. We should not shy from a change of leadership in the belief that the last election win was attributable to Boris Johnson; it was very much a benefit of an unelectable Labour leadership combined with Brexit exhaustion.

Ian Ashworth-Kirkham


Lest we forget

This letter was written to the Justice Department in response to the Human Rights Act Reform Consultation which took place this month. 

It is published with consent.

Dear Sir/Madam,

With regard to Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights, this is to say that I oppose the proposed changes for the reasons set out in this article.

To wit:

With the media and politicians constantly calling the unvaccinated ‘selfish’ and that they should get vaccinated to protect others and for the greater good, it is entirely feasible that your human rights will be denied if you are unvaccinated. You are acting against the public interest and therefore those rights need to be balanced against yours.

So if Parliament decides mandatory vaccinations (a complex and diverse issue) is in the public interest and someone is unvaccinated, then they can lose their rights, including liberty and a fair trial? Furthermore, the courts can’t even have a say in whether the removal of those rights is appropriate or not.

Following a general evaporation of the Covid Mania combined with solid data coming through week by week on how utterly useless and side effect laden these so-called Covid ‘vaccines’ are, the Madness has seemingly now passed. 

Nevertheless, there was a moment when a serving PM was talking about national conversations around mandatory vaccination, a concept in clear breach of the Nuremberg Code. 

Although subsequently shot down swiftly by a large and far smarter group of backbenchers, the genie was out of the bottle. What was said cannot be unsaid and what was said was completely unacceptable. 

There must be no watering down of human rights. These rights are inalienable and not subject to change on a whim by whoever the future occupant of No 10 and the party behind them may be.

Owen Hart



Dear Editor

I wrote to my MP expressing my grave concerns about the proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act. I received a boilerplate reply.

It completely ignores the points I made, which can be broadly summarised as the proposed reforms would dramatically reduce individual rights. In extremis, they could be used to justify, for example, forced vaccination.

The ‘consultation’ is a sham.

Guy Phoenix


It’s up to the Russian people to end this war

Dear Editor

The resolution of the Russian/Ukraine war will not be resolved by Nato or the Americans.

It must come from the Russian people themselves. And there are indications that this is happening. Protests by TV presenters and people on the Moscow streets at considerable cost to themselves are opposed to this war in spite of Putin’s clampdown on reporting, threats and propaganda.

But will there be enough protesters to overthrow this tyrant. We must support and pray for the Russian people all we can and let the people of Russia know the truth of what is happening by all means available. 

Those with friends and relatives in Russia must convey the facts by phone, texts, and whatever to counter the Putin propaganda. 

The dissemination of truth is the best weapon we can use and our government should concentrate its efforts to finding ways in which the public can use the internet to communicate directly the Russian people.

Don’t fire bullets. Fire news and the truth.

Malcolm Naylor 



We need food farms, not solar farms

Dear Editor

In these uncertain days, the UK must become self-sufficient in food production since it imports 48 per cent of the food consumed. Ukraine exports 25million tons of wheat every year, some to Britain, but this year’s crop will never be planted.

Why are the UK and Scottish governments allowing good agricultural land to be ‘rewilded’ or turned into solar farms? Rewilding and solar farms will not feed the nation. 

The UK and Scottish governments must decree that local authorities refuse planning permission for solar farms and revoke any permission already given. We are now on a war footing so farmland is vital for food production. 

Clark Cross



One rule for us, another for refugees

Dear Editor 

I have a second home property and am at present negotiating to have a British family have a long-term let.

My EPC [energy performance certificate] turns out to be below the standard to be able to become a landlord. 

Highland Council demands Band E by March 31, 2022 and Band D from April 1, 2022. My report has me in Band F.

To improve this rating I must change my boiler to a condensing boiler to get to Band E in the first place.

Ukraine refugees are being invited here and many properties will be like mine at present and not qualify for the correct Band rating.

Thanks again to this SNP Government it is one rule for the refugees and another for everyone else. 

Michael Baird 

Bonar Bridge 


What is a man?

Dear Editor

Instead of asking what the definition of a ‘woman’ is, why isn’t the question flipped over to instead ask for the definition of a ‘man’?

Mrs Clark


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