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Leave Nazanin alone

Dear Editor

There were some really unkind and ungenerous posts on Tuesday on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. She’s absolutely right that it took five Foreign Secretaries and a six-year delay in settling a debt to Iran before she was released. She is perfectly entitled to ask why. 

No one can imagine how stressful it must have been to be detained with no end in sight. It was troubling though that the UK media, upon her release, forced her back immediately into the mum role when surely she needs time and private space to rest and process her experience of the past six years. The glare of publicity is the last thing she needs at present. She may well be suffering from PTSD that may have came across as peevish at the news conference. Both she and her husband have changed considerably during this time and only time will tell whether the marriage can survive. Although she seems physically fit, the mental turmoil may only begin to surface now that she’s free. It’s bound to take a toll on family life and she and her husband may decide to go their separate ways for new beginnings. No thought is given to Richard Ratcliffe whose life has been on hold and being a single parent for the last few years. His efforts to free her have been commendable. They need our good wishes to navigate the testing months ahead.

Rhydwenna E Jones


It’s not earth-shattering

Dear Editor

An earthquake of 5.1 magnitude in the Norwegian Sea startled sleeping Shetlanders last Monday morning. The British Geological Survey said that there are approximately 200 to 300 earthquakes felt in the UK each year and are usually below a magnitude of 3.0. 

So why was drilling for shale gas by Cuadrilla stopped when a minuscule tremor of 0.5 on the Richter scale was recorded? A study by Liverpool University equated this 0.5 as a micro-seismic event equivalent to sitting down heavily on an office chair. Mother Nature creates more emissions with hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes. 

Wars and rebuilding create hundreds of thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and there are 21 ongoing conflicts around the world. Yet the UK and a few other Western countries think that they can save the planet with wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles. The major emitters China, India and Russia cannot be trusted since they are already breaking the promises they made at COP26. Europe is facing the worst energy crisis since the Second World War. 

The UK needs to ignore the green Luddites and immediately recommence drilling on land and sea and not be held to ransom by aggressive and unfriendly nations. 

Clark Cross 


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