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How many more deaths?

Dear Editor

Essex Police have launched an investigation into the death of a Year 7 pupil at school in a ‘medical emergency’, which is being described as ‘unexplained’ while ruling out any third-party involvement. 

District Commander Ian Hughes, of Essex Police, previously said: ‘I would like to offer my condolences to the boy’s family and we are doing everything we can to support them through this tragic and difficult time. Our officers remain at the school at this time to continue our enquiries.

‘We will continue to investigate the circumstances into the boy’s death and will work with the school tomorrow. We are aware of comments on social media, and we want to reassure the local community and parents of pupils at the school, no knife was involved during this tragic incident.’

Southend City Council also say they are supporting the school and the family. A spokesperson said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with the family and whole school community at this difficult time.’

How many more children are going to die after these experimental injections?

Sylvia Priest


Exposed, the renewables myth

Dear Editor

The Russia/Ukraine conflict has exposed the assertion that Europe’s electricity could be mainly provided by wind and solar. Unreliable renewables always need reliable and instant backup when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine. Blackouts can be prevented only by gas and nuclear power. Over the last 12 months gas supplied 41 per cent of UK electricity, nuclear 16.7 per cent and wind 19.5 per cent. Unfortunately the UK has relied on imports for the gas needed, some from unfriendly and volatile regimes. The relentless pressure from the green brigade for the last 40-plus years convinced a gullible public that cheap electricity from renewables could be produced out of the air, a bit like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. 

People are now realising that there is a personal cost involved in achieving Net Zero by 2050 after believing the climate change activists that it would not significantly alter their lifestyles or cost them much. Recent figures suggest Net Zero will cost every UK householder over £100,000 by 2050, or £3,000 every year. Well, that will significantly alter their lifestyles and finances. China, Russia, India and other nations have no intention of keeping the promises they made at COP26. Coal is the cheapest form of electricity production and a quick solution to a worldwide energy crunch, and therefore mothballed coal-fired power plants are being brought back into action. 

Europe and other countries are returning to coal to wean themselves off Russian natural gas. Looks like the Global Net Zero train has hit the buffers.

Clark Cross 



Ask us if we want Net Zero

The letter below was intended for the Daily Telegraph, but remains unpublished.

Dear Editor

Referring to Telegraph Business, March 30, ‘England faces being carpeted with solar panels’.

The solar panel installer does not pay for the energy storage needed when there is little sun. Similar applies to wind power and consumers will have to cover storage costs.

The storage could be in the form of Hydrogen (H2) from electrolysers, powered by the 40 per cent fossil fuelled grid, consuming over 50 per cent more energy than that in the gas released.

That will require over five times the planned solar and wind capacity. 

No wonder National Grid estimates that it will cost around £3trillion to decarbonise the grid, equating to £100,000 per household, many of which are already in fuel poverty.

That is all to halve the UK’s 1 per cent CO2 contribution to 0.000225 ppm pa while driving more businesses overseas, where they will cause more CO2 emissions than before.

Why doesn’t the PM come clean on this and ask the people if they support it, when other big emitters are clearly not going to follow his kamikaze lead? 

Roger J Arthur

West Sussex


What about natural immunity to Covid?

Dear Editor

How do you measure the efficacy of vaccines when at the time the vaccine was given, no account was taken of whether the recipient already had natural immunity?

Am I wrong to assume that anyone who had the vaccine, but also had natural immunity was excluded from stats detailing the efficacy of vaccines?

Adrian Newton


Unmentionable affiliations

This letter was sent to the Times but was not published.


In all the reporting of the Rotherham child abuse disgrace, I heard not one mention of the nationality or religious affiliation of the perpetrators. Strange how when the offenders are priests and nuns their Christianity is always referred to – as if it were the cause of their crimes.

Yours faithfully

Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen



Dear Editor

Here is another way to measure the Net Zero impact. Assuming an average UK household energy bill rises to around £1,600 pa, around £400 of that would go on green levies.

With 28million households, that equates to £11billion a year or around £3trillion over 25 years. That is consistent with National Grid’s estimate of £3trillion, or around £100,000 per household.

But the cost of net zero (according to McKinsey) will be around £5trillion, ie over £200,000 per household over 25 years. Who is going to carry that burden?

Don’t imagine that the 50 per cent of people who already carry the biggest tax burden would be happy to pick up £400,000 instead of £200,000.

Roger Arthur

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