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Bring back Johnson? Preposterous!

Dear Editor,

The thought of Johnson being re-elected as Conservative party leader makes my blood run cold. How can Conservative MPs even imagine the country would welcome seeing BoJo back in business?

Their argument is that Johnson won a mandate and a large majority at the last general election. To use that as a justification is preposterous. If a general election were held tomorrow the Conservatives would be wiped out regardless of who the leader is – Johnson therefore, in my opinion, has no mandate whatsoever.

Andrew Benn


Copy Blair and invent ‘New Conservatives’

 Dear Editor

It took the political genius of Blair to invent New Labour. At a stroke, he eliminated the past.  Like all simple inventions, it seems obvious after invention, but simple is difficult, and it was very clever.

Various folk are rattling on about all the fringe parties combining to create a real challenge to the existing ‘uni-party’ system. Others rightly point out that the system is deliberately rigged that no such challenge stands a chance. Blair knew this, so he invented a new party inside the existing party – effectively a rebranding, distancing it for ever from the working class it originally represented, and occupying the middle ground where all the real votes are (or used to be).

So, here’s the opportunity now, with the Tories so thoroughly in disarray, for the ‘New Conservatives’ – for disaffected Tory MPs (and there are quite a few of those!) to rebrand from inside the party, creating a logical, ruthlessly-managed battle between the back-benchers and the front-benchers (there are more of the former, remember). Their war cry would be a straightforward manifesto whose bedrock is the preservation of Great Britain’s sovereignty, borders and waters.

 I feel sure that the spirit of the New Conservatives would capture the imagination, hearts and minds of a vast swathe of the population. They might even be looked upon kindly by the likes of TCW, who broke with their original name because the old Conservatives gave a lie to the very word. They would also be the best possible defence against Starmer thinking he’s entitled to take up the tattered reins and complete the ruination of our once great country.

John Drewry



Dissident Tory MPs should break away

Dear Editor

Could a new conservative political party unfold from the present Conservative Party?  Braverman, Badenoch, Baker and like-minded members – how many would there be? How big are their present majorities? History does not support such a move, however so many Conservative voters and some Labour Brexit voters would be interested. Could Tice, Fox, Kurten, Farage join?

Even if Braverman or Badenoch won the leadership contest their policies would not be supported by the Conservative MPs so it is not an option. A breakaway seems required and inevitable. Can it be successful and how?

Oliver Wells



Chatty for PM

Dear Editor

Have the Conservative Party considered running a raffle to select their next leader?  Winner becomes PM, runner-up gets a bottle of wine. Personally I think ‘Chatty’ Chatterton sounds like the man they need to unite the party.

Kathleen Carr



Eco-activists should tackle China

Dear Editor

Scotland has in effect banned coal mining by confirming no support will be given for future extraction. Now that should make a huge difference to global warming. What is urgently needed is yet another eco-group to add to Affordable Energy, Extinction Rebellion, Tyre Extinguishers, Insulate Britain, Just Stop Oil, Animal Rebellion, The Fridays for Future Movement and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. I hope I have not missed anyone. This new group could be called Just Stop Coal and their mission would be to stop coal being mined.

This is the current situation which Just Stop Coal could remedy. Germany is taking 27 coal-fired plants out of mothballs and China is building another 60 coal-fired plants to add to the 1,110 it already has. There are 8,500 coal plants in the world. Russia is supplying China with 100million tons of coal and India with 40million tons. The UK has coal reserves for 114 years and the world has coal reserves for 2,900 years. At COP26 China and India forced negotiators to dilute a resolution to ‘phase out’ coal to a much weaker ‘phase down’. Nicola Sturgeon should lead Just Stop Coal activists on a world tour and save the planet; she could open up a few more Scottish Embassies in the process.

Clark Cross 



Issues worth glueing your face to the road for

Dear Editor 

As yet more groups of fanatics, Animal Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, engage in high-profile criminal damage and obstruction of major roads, it is interesting to note some issues which they have chosen to ignore:

The decades-long scandal of police and social work departments ignoring racist grooming gangs that coerced young women and especially children in to prostitution. Nobody ever glued themselves to a road over that.

Or the squandering of £100billion on the HS2 high speed railway to make modest savings in journey times between London, Birmingham and Leeds. Nobody has attacked a great work of art over that.

Or the erosion of freedom of speech, so that on many topics, for example transgenderism and climate change, only one view is allowed to be heard. Nobody has toppled any statues over that.

Or the mushrooming of the national debt since 2008 from £1trillion to £2.5trillion. Nobody thought up a catchy name and logo to protest about that.

Or the decline in our education system. Nobody has had the media give fawning coverage of their misbehaviour over that.

The police, the courts and especially the media should stop indulging these narcissistic extremists, who represent no-one, and have nothing grown up to say.

Otto Inglis



Thanks, Kathy

Dear Editor

I have just seen you on GB News. In these gloomy times, I give thanks that people like you still exist.

Ernest Hammond

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