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Electric cars are a waste of time

A letter to the Daily Telegraph which has not been published.  

Dear Editor 


Paul Rutt’s Tesla model 3 (Telegraph letters April 12, reprinted below) clearly outpaces the charging time for most other electric vehicles (EV).

It will do over 300 miles after one hour on a 100kW charger, compared with my diesel car which will do 700 miles after three minutes at the pump. 

That assumes that that a 100kW charger is where you want it, it is working and you don’t have to queue. 

But spending two static hours on a 600-mile business round trip (assuming that there is not a powerful charger at one’s meeting place) is not good for productivity. Better perhaps to keep working from home.

Roger J Arthur

West Sussex 

SIR – I am a supporter of electric vehicles. You just have to choose wisely.

We bought a Tesla Model 3 a year ago. The fast-charging network is astounding. By the time we’ve had a coffee and a piece of cake, we’re off on our travels again, with – I admit – a smug grin as we watch the non-Tesla cars all queuing for dysfunctional charge points.

Paul Rutt
Trelawnyd, Denbighshire

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Let them read about cake

Dear Editor

Where is Aristophanes when you want him?

Here we are in the overture to World War III and first item on all the news bulletins, front page in all the papers, is about Boris and a piece of birthday cake.

We don’t deserve to survive.

Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen 

Eastbourne

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The Covid passport question

Dear Editor 

Why is there no concern that the Government has placed an £18million contract with a Danish IT company for Covid Passports, presumably in compliance with the WHO?

Peter Marcroft

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This is not democracy!

Dear Editor

I have realised that there is a divergence in Parliament between the elected members and their staff.

1.  The elected Members of Parliament are obliged to keep as a priority the need to be re-elected, for the sake of their party. They are subject to the party whip. They are expendable. Therefore, they have to think in the short term. They do not have time for intensive research. They are subject to the MSM and media.

2.  The civil servants must to be devoted to continuity and have to think selfishly in the long term – once appointed, they need to do as little as possible, the ‘status quo’, to serve out their time in post (or higher if lucky!) in order to obtain an honour and a gold-plated pension. This is a closed circle and the members are answerable only to each other.

Unfortunately, in recent decades, the hierarchy has been overturned, so that #2 has overruled #1, leading to stagnation in government.

This has resulted in any ministry with a weak minister finding that a leak from his department will produce a new government policy by MSM throughout the nation!

This is not democracy!

J Maunder

North Yorkshire

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Eco-cowards

Dear Editor

Priti Patel condemned ‘selfish’ eco-zealots inflicting fuel shortages on motorists. Essex police have arrested 350 demonstrators so far. A police spokesman said that the protests in Thurrock had cost Essex Police ‘in excess of £1million’. So what are eco-demonstrations costing nationwide? Those arrested in Essex and found guilty should be jailed and compelled to pay £3,000 each towards the £1million. These ‘eco-warriors’ are not warriors but cowards since they do not demonstrate in China, India, Russia and the oil-rich countries which are responsible for over 60 per cent of global emissions. Those who organise demonstrations should be legally liable to pay for the police presence just like football clubs. 

Clark Cross 

Linlithgow 

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Johnson is consistently ethics-free

Dear Editor

Edwina Currie tells us that it doesn’t matter that Boris Johnson broke the law, only results matter.

I guess we shouldn’t expect a moral universe from someone who had an affair with John Major for years, the man who promoted Back to Basics, family values and all that. It makes you want to weep. At least Tony Blair might be learning at last, he’s silent on Putin. Since Johnson has reneged on fishing rights in recent days, at least he’s consistent on being ethics-free both in terms of character and policy delivery. He’s failing on both counts.

Rhydwenna Eleri Jones

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