Readers' letters - July 2

Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle

Jeremy Kyle’s show seems to be serving a purpose

A few years ago, I did a foolhardy thing, and kept The Jeremy Kyle Show on, rather than reaching for the remote at the first sign or fireworks.
In this particular episode, there was a girl with a young child and she hadn’t got a ‘Scooby Doo’ who its dad was.
Two men were in the frame, who both appeared on the show.
They were interviewed at long length, in turn, over what they would do when the forthcoming DNA test revealed who had done the deed and supplied the seed!
Anyway, drum roll, it was now time for the results. Well, what do you know, it turned out to be neither of them.
For the first time in, I suspect, the show’s history, there was silence.
Finally, the girl spoke, saying with little or no expression: “Come to think of it, there was another lad.”
So, now she tells them!
At that point, I could take no more and turned over to BBC1 for the more soothing Rip Off Britain.
Honestly though, I really think they’re taking advantage of these folk.
The bombastic Mr Kyle with his oft-repeated orders to “man up” and “grow a pair”.
However, it appears that they’re well up for airing their dirty linen to the nation.
As the programme has been on our screens for about 15 years now, it must be serving some purpose.
If these folk get free DNA and lie detector tests out of it, then we should leave them to it, I guess.
Meanwhile, Mr Kyle draws in more and more of the stuff that rattles!
Oh, what a world!
Catherine M Langan
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Our life really is in their hands

ONE of the most difficult decisions which NHS staff have to make is how to deal with someone who is approaching the end of their life.
Having hit the headlines recently, our politicians, and national news media, are, as usual, avoiding any intelligent discussion of the subject.
If a young person is taken to hospital with an injury or disease, the options available to hospital staff are predictable.
In the case of a very old person, the doctors and nurses have to decide whether treatment will allow the patient to return home within a reasonably short time or if anything other than painkillers and sedatives will just result in their patient having to suffer a long period of potentially painful, and intrusive, medical intervention without any realistic expectation of a positive outcome.
Having to take responsibility for such situations is one of the most challenging and stressful experiences faced by hospital staff, and one for which they receive no credit from our politicians.
Paul Brown
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No free lunch on energy needs

THE myth of electric cars being almost emissions-free was shattered by a special report showing as much carbon was generated making and operating them as petrol ones – albeit in different ways.
So-called renewable energy is the same as, for example, the carbon produced in making, transporting, installing and maintaining wind generators is always ignored by the climate change lobby.
Let’s face it, in energy like everything else, there really is no free lunch. If you want to make omelettes eggs need breaking. For energy, carbon has to be emitted.
DS Boyes
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We have right to change our mind

Membership of the European Union over the last 40 years has ensured peace and stability for the United Kingdom during a very difficult time.
Neither I nor my two sons have had to bear arms in defence of the UK – as did previous generations – and that is largely due to being in the EU.
We have benefited greatly from EU citizens in the NHS, the education sector, the care sector and many other jobs and professions.
I personally have experienced expert help from EU nursing and other medical staff on many occasions and am shocked so many are leaving.
One referendum vote taken two years ago is not set in stone – every so often we hold a General Election and people have a right democratically to change their minds.
At the very least the British public should be given an opportunity to vote on any proposed agreement reached by the Government – with an option to say we need to remain in the EU.
Simon Green
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