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Our national shame over Afghanistan

Dear Editor

No one who was involved in the evacuation of Afghanistan last August will be surprised by the depiction of chaos, confusion and a total lack of leadership across Whitehall and, most particularly, at the top of the Foreign Office, outlined in this report (TCW, May 26). What will be more surprising is the utter failure to plan for this, even as other countries did start making arrangements. We should make no bones about the catastrophic impact of this failure – Afghan people, many of whom worked alongside British forces and organisations, have lost their lives as a result, often in brutal and terrifying ways. Others remain in hiding and living in fear, cut adrift from support they were promised by Britain.

What is not addressed in this report is the continued failure to meet our responsibilities. The Government’s refugee schemes set up for Afghans have barely got off the ground. Visas are not being issued and the criteria are being tightened to bar many of those who were originally told they had a valid claim. As life gets harder for those in Afghanistan, Britain is pulling up the drawbridge and letting down those who carried out brave acts of solidarity on our behalf over many years. We should be utterly ashamed by this.

Amy Richards 
Director of Communications
Global Witness 


Eco-cowards, not eco-warriors

Dear Editor

A group of ‘eco-warriors’, the Tyre Extinguishers, have deflated the tyres of more than 3,000 cars across the UK. Their avowed target for the end of the year is 10,000. This is serious, co-ordinated criminal activity but Police Scotland say that if there is no damage, only inconvenience, the matter would be treated as a breach of the peace offence. The law must be changed. They are not eco-warriors but eco-cowards who use the cover of darkness to target vehicles. Why do they not go to America where there are millions of 4x4s to target? Could it be that the US police and judiciary are far more robust? Sadly, UK woke police commanders prefer the soft touch approach and ensure officers dance and skateboard with eco-demonstrators and ask those who have glued themselves to the roads if they are comfortable. Time for UK police to change tactics and for judges to impose serious jail time.

Clark Cross 


The magic money tree

Dear Editor

In all the talk about helping people to cope with increased energy and food prices, government should remember that the first round of quantitative easing in 2009 – a staggering £375billion – was the equivalent of £5,600 per UK person. Man, woman and child. 

So why not simply repeat this, but direct it to the most needy. Our Benefits Agency could administer the process, as it should be kept away from the banks and their rich friends, who would just keep it.

Malcolm Parkin


A peck of pickled leaders

Dear Editor,

Is it just me or do others think of ‘ . . . peck of pickled peppers’ when our Dear Leaders chant ‘Build Back Better’?

Mrs Clark



Andrew Griffith MP: Patronising and deluded

Dear Editor,

Even by today’s standards of parliamentarians, Andrew Griffith MP’s response to his constituent’s letter reported in your article of May 23 sinks to a level of misrepresentation which should be actionable in law.

Mr Griffith’s statements of gross inaccuracies cannot be excused by ineptitude, and cannot be allowed to stand. Ignorance of the facts demands at best silence. In the case of an MP being approached by a constituent, it demands he/she acquaint themselves with the truth and respond with honestly. Emphatically declaring the opposite of what is known factually through multiple sources of evidence, coming from an MP, is known as ‘lying’.

But what is clearly most offensive is Mr Griffith’s patronising and deluded assumption that his constituents are stupid, as manifested by the arrant nonsense he believes passes for a reply.

1. The Pfizer ‘vaccine’ clinical trials were neither rigorous nor subject to follow-up safety checks. Pfizer’s original trial report of its two-month safety and efficacy data was published on December 31 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine. This report was analysed by the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, which comprises more than 500 independent Canadian doctors, scientists and health care practitioners, and they published a presentation of their findings under the title More Harm than Good on January 6 this year, in which they challenged all the premises of Pfizer’s claims.

2. The UK Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), responsible for what Mr Griffith calls ‘some of the highest safety standards in the world’,carried out no verification of the ‘vaccines’ trial data presented to them by the manufacturers, but merely rubber-stamped the latter’s own ‘conclusions’.

3. Pfizer’s Cumulative Analysis of Post-Authorisation Adverse Event Reports to February 28 2021, in the public domain thanks only to the lawsuits brought by Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency, show that adverse events are neither ‘mild’ nor ‘very rare’, and in no way ‘are in line with most types of vaccine’.

Serena Wylde



Monkeypox money-spinner

Dear Editor 

In our household we have changed the name of ‘monkeypox’ to ‘moneybox’.

Daphne MacOwan 
Isle of Man 

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