Readers' letters - Thursday, December 1
Pie in the sky benefits
I listened with interest to the comments the other night on TV about the so-called benefits HS2 will bring.
What benefits are we going to receive?
We have a rising population who are going to need feeding and will need houses to live in.
What is this Government’s answer to this problem? Gobble up valuable farming land which will be needed in the future to feed the growing population and to demolish hundreds of houses, adding to the crisis in the housing market which we already have.
All for what?
To enable a few businessmen to arrive in London 30 minutes earlier.
Lancashire, Yorkshire, North of Leeds, Cumbria and the North East will become the forgotten people of this country.
The so-called benefits this HS2 will bring will be pie in the sky.
Evil can be masked
A nasty murderous tyrant has recently died – Fidel Castro, who brought the world to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis and brought misery to thousands of Cubans with his Communist ideology, inept economic policies and dictatorship.
Donald Trump, rightly, has described him as a ‘brutal dictator’. Unsurprisingly, Jeremy Corbyn chose the occasion to praise him. His close colleagues did the same.
It was only misguided students who adored this man, who used torture and a vicious campaign against any who criticised his attack on freedom of the press, assembly and speech.
Castro instigated a regime of repression that was lauded by the leaders of the Soviet Union and China and, of course, by their adherents on the Left elsewhere. Leftists shut their eyes to the gross failures and nastiness of Castro.
By sporting a beard, and a forage cap, plus cigar in mouth, the great poser fooled many, just as that other monster Mao did with his avuncular smile.
You can unfortunately fool all too many. Never forget that evil can be masked.
Dr Barry Clayton
More to justice
Let’s imagine two scenarios. Scenario one: a driver knocks down and kills a young child, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and receives a four-year prison sentence.
Fully rehabilitated, he is released and goes on to make an exemplary contribution to society.
Scenario two: a driver commits a similar offence and receives the maximum 14-year sentence.
Full of hate and resentment, he is released and later knocks down and kills another child.
Which scenario would you rather have?
There is more to justice than retribution and punishment.
A butler for White House
If Nigel Farage is so keen on America, why does he not just emigrate?
He already holds the ‘Trumpcard’ to get a work permit and I am sure the White House could always use a smarmy butler.