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Russell Brand: Mob justice or fair play?

Dear Editor

Ladies and gentlemen of the general public: you have heard the accusations against this Brand character. How say you? Should he be dragged to the gallows at Tyburn? Or to the headsman’s axe on Tower Hill? (The tourists would love that.) Or should he be flown to America to be dealt with by Old Sparky?

Alternatively, we could be British about it. We could maintain our sense of fair play, proportion and justice, and reserve our judgement until the accusations have been tested by cross-examination in a court of law.

Otto Inglis



Russell Brand: It’s all about money

 Dear Editor

Every now and then I read something here that reminds why TCW is worth supporting.

I loved the comment by Laura Perrins: ‘Brand was never smart. He was certainly never funny, and I doubt he was ever talented. It’s like they made him in a lab just to annoy me.’ 

If that’s not true, then it should be.

Personally, I couldn’t care less about the guy, or about stuff that apparently happened 20 years ago between consenting adults.

I’ve seen this nonsense too many times already to take it remotely seriously any more. In my opinion it’s about all money and nothing else. Whatever the truth of it, if he was a dustman no one would care.

Jeremy Craig-Weston


Has Sunak realised the obvious truth about EVs?

Dear Editor

We might ask how much did the emerging shortage of raw materials influence the Prime Minister’s decision to defer the phasing out of petrol and diesel cars? The sums are not difficult.

If each EV battery requires 40kg of lithium metal, around 60million tonnes will be needed to make batteries for 1,500 million EVs globally. But only 130,000 tonnes came from mines in 2022.

At that rate it would take over 400 years to make the batteries even if hundreds more mines were opened and extra child labour in the required numbers were to be available.

Roger Arthur


We need to adapt to climate change, not fight it

Dear Editor 

Does it matter if a changing climate is caused by mankind or by Mother Nature? After all, more than 70 countries which are responsible for 80 per cent of greenhouse gases have already broken their COP promises and are ramping up their consumption of coal, gas and other fossil fuels to provide cheap electricity to drive their economies. Therefore if mankind is responsible for warming, these countries are making it happen and the UK with only 1 per cent of global emissions cannot prevent it. Instead of wasting at least £3trillion on UK Net Zero 2050 the UK should instead use this money on making the UK more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. These include building coastal and river flood defences to tackle rising sea levels, preventing sewage overflows, building desalination plants, preventing river water going out to sea, no housing or commercial developments on flood plains and ensuring our food supply does not rely on unfriendly nations. No more solar farms should be built on agricultural land.

Clark Cross



My MP is one of Ben Pile’s green blobbers

Dear Editor 

I’ve just read the excellent article from Ben Pile, Sunak’s Net Zero ‘U-turn’ – or is it?, regarding the recent statement from our globalist PM on delaying some of the Net Zero targets.

Below is an email I sent to my MP prior to the statement being made. I do not expect any response since he never answers the questions I have asked of him for several years on issues surrounding Net Zero and the green agenda. I also recently contacted him regarding the draconian measures included in the Energy Bill and specifically asked him why ordinary people are being criminalised. Silence has been his response to date.

Simon Clarke (I’ll never refer to him as Sir), my MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has made a point of putting himself before the media to express his criticism of the PM’s statement, then did his usual back-tracking afterwards to support the issues around planning that were announced. He is typical of the ‘green zealots’ that Ben Pile refers to in his article.

Gerard Rodgers

This is my email, to which I do not expect a reply:

Mr Clarke,

The PM is allegedly going to delay and alter a series of the Net Zero targets. Don’t make me laugh, this is just an election gimmick to be different from Labour come the election next year. Everybody knows that if Labour win, Net Zero dates will become 2030 instead of 2050 regardless of the impact on ordinary people. If the Tories win, Rishi (or someone else?) will simply U-turn on any announcement that is about to be made.

You predictably stated ‘I am equally clear that it is in our environmental, economic, moral and – yes – political interests as Conservatives to make sure we lead on this issue rather than disown it.’ Is that why you never bother answering direct questions posed to you about the infrastructure and costs?

Others are ‘crying like babies’ and making ridiculous statements about sticking to the 2019 manifesto commitments on Net Zero. The same people didn’t utter a word when tax changes were made, or when you are talking about targeting the disabled (again).

Given that car and gas boiler manufacturers have stopped producing various products, do you really think they are going to start up again just for a five-year delay? Pull the other one, it does not make any business sense, but then again what does an MP know or care about business sense?

If Rishi really believed in what he is about to allegedly say, he would not have allowed the Energy Bill to proceed to the point that all it takes now is a final vote and it becomes law.

All that this proves yet again is that the only time politicians listen to the public mood is when an election is looming.

Gerard Rodgers


Hijab hypocrisy

Dear Editor

While the brave women of Iran fight and die to be free of Islamist oppression and for the right to self determination by removing their hijabs, Smethwick council in Birmingham have commissioned a 16ft statue of a women in a hijab, named ‘The Strength Of The Hijab’. You can see details here.

Considering that Birmingham council is financially bankrupt, it is clearly also morally bankrupt.

This disgusting statue will be displayed mere weeks after the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death at the hands of the Iranian Morality Police for not wearing a hijab.

What possible financial, social or moral benefit could this serve, except for twisted Islamist propaganda, yet again spitting in the face of common decency.

W Green

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