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Whining Harry’s book is not on my reading list

Dear Editor

Who will be interested in reading the petulant recollections of a financially-motivated, score-settling prince of England – writing from an enormous mansion in sunny climes – who has had the honour of fighting for his country and led a privileged life, yet glares at us from the front cover complaining about being a ‘Spare’? Not me. 

Jane Halligan


The answer is 42

Dear Editor

Rishi Sunak is 42. A Dutch medical doctor, psychiatrist and author, Bernard Lievegoed (1905-1992), wrote a book entitled Phases: Crisis and Development in the Individual. Based on his long study of the works of Rudolf Steiner and his own experiences, he outlined a biological, psychological and spiritual framework based on seven-year periods (roughly).

At the age of 21 (3×7) a man or woman reaches adulthood; 21-28 discovering and controlling the basis of one’s life; 28-35 consolidating and confirming that basis once discovered; 35-42 second puberty, re-orientation with regard to one’s calling in life.

That is the point: how old is Rishi Sunak on becoming Prime Minister? 42. How old was Laurence Fox when the acting profession deserted him and he became leader of a political party? 42. From my own experience it was a time when I changed career and got divorced. Of course, not everyone is on their wrong path, but examine your own life and see what happened to you around age 42.

42-49: the manic depressive period.

49-56: the struggle against one’s own decline.

56-63: the maturity of thought.

63-70: second childhood, consciously accepted, the transition may lead again to a new high point.

Lievegoed wrote in less detail of the stages beyond 56 – 63 because he had not reached that age and had no direct experience. The Bible says that the life of a man/woman is three score years and ten, 70 (7×10), which I take to be the end of personal spiritual tasks and challenges. We can, of course, for the rest of our life, as a selfless act of love, help other individuals or the general spiritual development of mankind. Now 82, I know people who were surprised to receive what they considered confirmation of this shortly after reaching 70.

Keith Rothwell

Preston, Lancs


Are there enough children to mine the cobalt required for Net Zero?

Dear Editor

There seems to be a reluctance to discuss the emerging shortage of raw materials needed to facilitate Net Zero.

It appears that making enough wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles to replace fossil fuels will require more than 4.5billion tons of copper, but the world mined only 24million tons of copper in 2019.

The mining of enough cobalt will be much more challenging, using child labour in places such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With around 1.4billion cars to be produced, it will take more than 1,700 years at the current rate to mine the cobalt needed for Net Zero.

Something to think about perhaps when charging an EV, or framing government Net Zero policy.

Roger J Arthur

West Sussex


Just what we need to solve the energy crisis . . .

Dear Editor,

A ‘miracle’ energy source has been discovered. It comes in liquid form so it can be readily pumped or stored in containers of any shape, be they made of metal, plastic or glass. It is ‘energy dense’, meaning that for a given volume or mass it contains a lot of stored chemical energy compared with other energy sources or energy stores.

The chemical energy can be easily released by burning this liquid in atmospheric air. This is an enormous benefit for use in transportation applications as, unlike an electric battery where all of the chemical energy has to be contained within the battery, adding to its mass, the liquid-fuelled vehicle does not need to carry its combustion air.

This incredible liquid has an energy density of 45 million joules per kilogram, that is equivalent to raising a tonne of water about 4.5 kilometres or three tonnes of water to the top of Ben Nevis or running a 2kW solar panel array for 12.5 hours, i.e. about a day and a half of full sunlight.

The good news is that this miracle fuel is on sale locally now. The bad news is that our politicians wish to ban it. This miracle fuel is called petrol in the UK and gasoline in the USA.

Jim Shaw


Sunak’s wealth is a distraction

Dear Editor

Had Boris Johnson not been so shambolic, unprofessional, untruthful and cavalier in his attitude, he might still be in Downing Street. It’s not surprising that Sunak, who is ultra-professional and businesslike, focused and with close attention to detail, became frustrated with him. It’s now in Britain’s best interests that Sunak succeeds. We can do without the media’s griping and obsession with his wealth, however. Sunak’s family were modest and he rose in his life as a result of hard work and natural ability. 

Rhydwenna E Jones


It’s not smart to have a smart meter

Dear Editor 

I have received a postcard from my energy supplier OVO saying ‘Your new smart meter is ready and waiting for you’. This is brainwashing since I did not inquire about smart meters and have no intention of fitting one. Energy companies are getting desperate since the government is penalising them millions of pounds for not getting customers to accept these gadgets. The reason? There will not be enough electricity for our needs so it wants the National Grid to be able to cut off areas or individuals with the push of a button. Smart meters will do that. It has been revealed that hundreds of thousands of Chinese smart meters have been installed in the UK and could be used by Beijing to ‘destroy’ the National Grid. Are they still such a good idea?

Clark Cross



I’m sickened by the MPs turning their backs on the vaccine-injured

Dear Editor

Having watched the whole parliamentary ‘debate’ regarding the Covid 19 vaccine safety issues, I feel sickened beyond sickened.  

Christopher Chope and the handful of his colleagues who are fighting to help people who are vaccine-injured and bereaved are to be applauded. These few MPs can see the truth about the catastrophic damage done from the Covid injections and long may they continue to have the endurance, to speak the truth and to warn the public about the very real dangers of having these ‘vaccines’.

However, as for the hundreds of MPs (my own cowardly MP included, namely Simon Clarke) who can’t be bothered to take notice of what is happening regarding vaccine injuries, disability and deaths, as well as for the MPs at the debate who argued Covid injections are safe and effective, what we are seeing is absolute evil in action. Our MPs view human life as cheap and we are utterly insignificant to them, they simply do not care as long as they are getting what they want.  

I feel so angry and frustrated for the poor souls who are injured and bereaved.  We must not however give up the fight, the truth will prevail in the end, and I pray that the injured and bereaved will get the help and justice that they deserve. 

Thank you, Kathy and team, for all your excellent work.

Mrs Bernadette Rodgers 



A fateful day for Telemachus

Dear Editor

For the benefit of Comments regulars, may I draw attention to the fact that Telemachus was sold at Tattersalls Auctions in Newmarket this week for 1,000 guineas.

Telemachus was gelded (pronouns he/him/it) before he was ever allowed out in public, and in three appearances on the racecourse he showed himself to be lacking in alertness (often slow to leave the starting stalls) and demonstrated a desire to hang left once under pressure.

As you’ll see from the link, he was sold to the delightfully named

Zacarias Sarmiento Llovell, who operates an equine business in Zaragoza, north-east Spain.

Given the low price and the lack of racing ability, sadly I suspect

Telemachus is more likely to feature in tapas than a remake of El Cid.

Alan Potts 

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