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 The danger of limited people in power

Dear Editor 

The Nicola Sturgeons, Jacinda Arderns and Justin Trudeaus of the world (and the World Economic Forum) are ample evidence for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s assertion that unlimited power in the hands of limited people always results in cruelty, to which I would add that those most assured of their own goodness (see above) are very apt to be the cruellest of all.

Anthony Stimson

New Hampshire, USA


You have to laugh

Dear Editor

Schadenfreude is the only thing left for us poor peasants as we enjoy seeing how the mighty have fallen. Little did Nicola Sturgeon think when she proposed the self-identification Bill to show how progressive the SNP are that just one evil man would expose how dangerous and absurd the idea is. Similarly Prince Harry (and by association Meghan) has shown himself to be a mean-spirited hypocrite and is a now a laughing stock. People in glass houses (particularly those with 14 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms) shouldn’t throw stones. I wonder who will be next for the ‘Riding high in April, Shot down in May’ syndrome?

Kathleen Carr



TCW’s Celebration of Dissent – the fight goes on

Dear Editor

I would like to say a big thank you for all you do. I have just watched the video from the wonderful meeting you arranged. 

So many great people there and amazing speeches, I am sad that I couldn’t be there to support you all. I keep trying every day to wake people up to what is going on but it’s a hard job. I will not stop.

Roy Jones


Dear Editor

Thank you so much for sharing the recording of the Celebration of Dissent. Very inspirational. What a beacon of light for the vaccine-injured. So good to feel part of this community and to have such brave people on our side including yourself. 

Susan Duckworth


Dear Editor

The speakers were fascinating, and in my situation quite a few of the speakers’ comments were new to me, and I’m sure their comments will help me.

On the way back in discussion with another attendee we both agreed you could have filled Wembley Arena.

Well done to you all, and thank you.

Martin Brighty


Teachers are not on the breadline

Dear Editor

The teachers on strike are not exactly on the breadline. In Scotland, a probationary teacher earns £28,113, a teacher earns a top salary of £42,366, a principal teacher earns between £46,158 and £59,571 and a deputy head between £52,350 and £99,609. They appear to have conveniently forgotten that taxpayers funded their education. In 2007 the Scottish government introduced free university tuition for those who had lived in Scotland for three years. It takes four to five years to become a teacher so those on strike were subsidised by taxpayers by £9,250 a year, which is what students from England have to pay at Scottish universities. Now Scottish ministers have mysteriously found £156million to give teachers an 11.5 per cent salary increase. Education, education, education? More like money, money, money.

Clark Cross



Take a break

Dear Editor

Thank you so much for allowing me access to your valuable articles and the respondents.  This has kept me sane during the past three years of general insanity,

However, I am going to try to take a week off from reading your output. I have found that it is so interesting that it takes up much of my free time.

Therefore, henceforth, for one week only, I will do my few chores first thing in the morning; I will spend the rest of the morning practising on my ukulele in the hope of lifting me from basic strumming to becoming a proper player. I will feed my husband a light lunch.

In the afternoon, I will draw and paint whatever I can find, or even indulge in something abstract. Later on, when my husband is practising on his sax, I will make preparations for a delicious dinner with appropriate wine (we are in France, after all!).  We may invite friends over.

This, for us two, is a return to the real world. We deserve it!


N Yorks


Dear Editor

We should not send tanks or jets to Ukraine. Training Ukrainians to fight in Challenger or Leopard tanks will take too long and require logistical and operational difficulties to be overcome, not least the fact that the Russian tanks used by the Ukrainian military have a three man crew since they are fitted with an autoloader, while NATO tanks have a four man crew. According to the UK Defence Journal, the average time for RAF trainee pilots completing flying training to the point of joining an Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) for fast jets is 4.8 years. Britain’s military has already been cut by successive governments to the bone.

Some 10million Ukrainians have fled the country, 85 per cent of them women. Many will not want to return. Ukraine’s infrastructure has been smashed and its GDP cut in half. Electricity supply is intermittent. More than 100,000 soldiers have been killed, more than the current strength of the entire British Army. More than 7,000 civilians have been killed. According to Reuters, rebuilding the economy as it stands now will cost $350billion; more damage can be expected in the days ahead.

Instead of further arming Ukraine we should be looking to end the war peacefully. It is repeatedly said that this is an unprovoked war but of course from the Russian point of view it is not. When Ukraine’s nationalist government took power in 2014 it banned Russian as an official language in the eastern provinces whose close ties with historical Russia are well documented. When the eastern provinces opted for self-rule the Kiev government bombed and shelled them for seven years, with thousands killed.

There is an argument that if Putin is not defeated in Ukraine he will go on to invade Poland and the Baltic states. The poor performance of his military and their disorganised rabble-like behaviour involving looting, pillage, the wanton killing of civilians, rape, torture and the complete lack of initiative by NCOs, suggests that that would be impossible even if that were his intention. He would come up against Nato airpower which would be the decisive factor in a land battle. Even if the Russian Army were to be driven out of the Donbas that would not be the end of the war. Far from it. It would then become a second ‘Great Patriotic War’. What is required is a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement rather than prolonging the misery and suffering of this dreadful conflict.

William Loneskie

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