Readers’ letters - April 19

A reader says people should take personal responsibility for their actions
A reader says people should take personal responsibility for their actions

People should be more responsible for their actions

There seems to be a strange phenomena creeping into modern life.

I write on the subject of personal responsibility and consequences of those actions.

Chewing gum manufactures and food and drinks producers are pilloried because idle and irresponsible people do not put their gum, packaging or bottles in a waste bin.

It’s the food manufacturer’s fault if idle parents do not provide wholesome meals for themselves and their children, usually at a lower cost, but instead waddle down to the nearest fast food joint to feed their families, then complain they are short of money at the end of the week.

The NHS say they are overwhelmed by people who have, by their bad dietary habits, a weight problem leading to diabetes, or liver and lung problems caused by alcohol or tobacco abuse, but according to the denying liberal namby pambies, it’s not the abuser’s fault.

That is absolute rubbish.

Of course it’s their fault and they must face up to the consequences of their irresponsibility.

They should be pushed to the back of the queue for hospital treatment, until they mend their ways, or pay for it.

I think the following saying sums up the situation.

“You can learn a lot from your mistakes when you are not denying them.”

Bernard Darbyshire

via email

This planet is not ours to plunder

The real difference between the standpoint of the frackers and the anti-frackers is indeed a moral one.

The prime motivation of the former is of course profit – profit realisable by persuading compliant government, in the face of massive indications to the contrary, that its energy needs are best supplied by actions clearly at odds with the future of the planet.


Those sincerely opposed to fracking, not driven by but driving the renewable energy lobby, are engaged in a moral crusade in that there is little interest in personal gain other than survival for the planet and their own and others’ children.

We have understood

that the planet is not ours

to plunder and that we hold it in trust for future generations.

David Cragg-James

Address supplied

Crime pays for film producers

This Easter saw the second anniversary of the £200m Hatton Garden Heist and we learnt that the first of three films on the subject, The Hatton Garden Job, is now on general release.

Am I the only person who considers romanticising and glamorising a team of veteran career crooks who have probably never done an honest day’s work in their lives and depicting them as lovable rogues on an audacious swansong is morally unacceptable or does it simply reflect the society we live in?

There is an old

saying that crime doesn’t pay.

It certainly does if you are a film producer!

Jim Oldcorn

via email

Mollycoddling Her Majesty

While I could agree with Peter J Teal (WP Letters, April 19) when he says the Queen should consider wearing a hard hat while out riding her horse, I am inclined to think that we are becoming a nation of molly-coddlers.

We want to wrap everybody in cotton wool to protect against every eventuality.

Methinks if the Queen

can’t do as she wishes, then

it is going a step or two too far.

Peter Hyde

Address supplied