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Light at the end of the Net Zero tunnel

Dear Editor 

Some recent headlines from Net Zero Watch. Those of a green disposition should turn away now.

Italy pushes back on green transition to protect its economy and industries

Europe backtracks on its gas-car ban

German government in crisis amid gas boiler ban controversy 

Dutch farmers on collision course with Brussels over compulsory farm buyouts 

Ford says it will lose $3billion on EVs this year 

Berliners vote down referendum on tighter climate goals 

Eminent Oxford scientist says wind power ‘fails on every count’

Germany forges alliance with seven Euro nations to oppose 2035 ICE ban

Germany to build more than 30 new gas power plants 

Coal is Germany’s most important energy source again 

Heat pumps leave some homes so cold people are ripping them out 

Biden breaks climate pledge by approving colossal oil drilling scheme in Alaska 

India cheers the return of ‘Old King Coal’ 

There is a lot more showing that Global Net Zero will soon be dead in the water but I do not think the green zealots will be able to cope as their green ivory towers come crashing down.  

Clark Cross 

Linlithgow

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Where is the pride in Scotland?

Dear Editor

It is heartening to see Humza Yousaf take pride in his heritage and identity, whether wearing a traditional Punjabi jacket or praying with his family in Bute House.

How curious it is that the party he leads takes so little pride in Scottish identity, history and achievements.

When was the last time one of our politicians mentioned the great and compassionate Adam Smith, the father of economics, and his fundamental insights?

Do any of our representatives remember Thomas Cochrane, one of history’s greatest Naval officers both in the Napoleonic wars and then fighting for the independence of Spain’s South American colonies?

Have they heard of Major General Napier’s response as governor of Sindh to Hindu priests complaining about the suppression of suttee (the burning of widows on their husbands’ funeral pyres) that they should follow their custom of burning widows, and he would follow his custom of hanging the men who do this by the neck until they were dead?

Do Scottish nationalist politicians take pride in the achievements of David Hume, James Hutton, James Clark Maxwell, Alexander Bell, John Logie Baird, Alexander Fleming or any of the almost endless list of Scottish geniuses? They never speak of them.

Wouldn’t it be much better to have a Scottish nationalism that took pride in the great Scots of the past and inspired our youngsters to overachieve, rather than the ignorant, grievance-heavy and England-hating one we’ve got?

Otto Inglis

Fife 

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Obvious questions with obvious answers

Dear Editor

Only token spending by the UK is possible on efforts to influence the planet’s climate. Therefore, is the cost justified; what benefits could result? Could the expenditures help to offset climate dangers? Would any infuriated or embarrassed ‘Green’ consciences be assuaged? Would our foreign neighbours, near and far, be favourably impressed, depressed or even equipoised? Could Mr Hunt fairly justify these expenditures? Can we afford them? Should he and we recognise the realities of climate change?

The answers are almost all surely ‘No’, with only one exception, the last. 

Charles Wardrop

Perth

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No peace for the sick

Dear Editor

Did Boris Johnson fake his Covid-19 illness? One of your contributors suggested that at least Johnson would have had peace and quiet in hospital. This has been far from my experience. General medical nursing has become more like geriatric nursing, with noisy patients as a result of the large number with dementia. There is equipment which either makes a noise inherently or has a warning tone which staff can’t spare the time to attend to. There is the possibility of someone having a TV in a side room, or else the bay of a ward has a TV.  It’s also common nowadays for patients to listen to music on their phones, and then of course depending where you are in the ward, staff conversations are more or less of a nuisance at night.

It’s a great pity that when you need conditions in which you can relax and get better there is such an unhelpful environment.

Chris Haines

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