Readers' letters - July 10
Where were the protests against Robert Mugabe?
It is reported that such are the numbers of the large crowds of people being assembled to object to President Trump during his visit to Britain, that his route is being revised to keep him largely away from the capital.This is the properly-elected leader of the United States, Britain’s best friend which came to our aid in two world wars and has since protected the peace in Europe.As such, he is entitled to a polite and proper welcome – even from those who disagree with his politics. Odd how the left hates our friends and loves our enemies. I cannot recall any major protest movement when Robert Mugabe (to name only one of several murderous dictators) came to Britain.Arthur Quarmbyvia emailn I don’t like Trump and am baffled how such a buffoon came to power. He appears to court controversy among all and sundry and so how can he expect there not to be protests? But why only Trump? There are too many countries with human, animal and environmental rights abuses. Some even worse then the USA!Is the anti-Trump protest a sign of a new movement emerging where people will campaign against wrongdoings?Or is this just a one-off bandwagon, targeting one man, and once the visit is over, the campaigners will jump off the wagon until the next ‘trendy’ protest comes along? I hope the former, but I suspect the latter. Voice of ReasonWigan
Support the RAF100 appealAs the nation looked to the skies today (July 10) to see the RAF’s most historic and newest aircraft fly over Buckingham Palace, it was a moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by all RAF personnel during 100 years of service.The flypast also marked the midway point for the RAF100 Appeal, a major fund-raising drive launched by the RAF and its main charities. The RAF100 Appeal brings together the Royal Air Force, the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Charitable Trust, and the RAF Museum, to establish a legacy that matches the vision of Viscount Trenchard, who steered the formation of the RAF in 1918.The appeal encourages the British public to get involved in the celebrations and help repay ‘the debt we owe’ and help to raise funds for the past, present and future RAF Family.The centenary year of the Royal Air Force provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the service and the sacrifice of those who have gone before. Very few British people can look back at their family history over the past 100 years and find themselves untouched by the courage of the men and women who served – and continue to serve – in our Royal Air Force. The RAF100 Appeal provides an opportunity to show their appreciation and help support RAF charities.People like Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill, who serviced the Spitfires night after night during the Second World War, lives in comfort and dignity thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund.The RAF100 Appeal will support tens of thousands of individuals, young people, serving personnel and veterans. To find out more, visit www.raf100appeal.orgSimon CollinsChairman of the RAF100 Appeal
Walk together to beat cancerAs a keen walker, I’m delighted to be supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s Walk Together to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by the disease. My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer and is thankfully now recovered, so I know how important it is to raise awareness.Walk Together is a perfect opportunity to bring people together from all ‘walks’ of life, to show our support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and help stop people dying from bowel cancer. It’s a sponsored walk for people of all ages and abilities.Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer. Every year almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 16,000 people die from the disease. However, it’s curable, especially if diagnosed early.Sign up to the walk in London on Saturday, September 15, or to receive a fund-raising pack, visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether If you need inspiration on walks in your area, visit The Outdoor Guide: theoutdoorguide.co.ukJulia BradburyTV presenter and co-founder of walking site The Outdoor Guide