Politics

Greenery, wokery and high taxes have made the PM an electoral liability

SIR – It isn’t partygate that turned Conservative voters in opposition to Boris Johnson. It is the wholesale betrayal of all the pieces they stand for, with manifesto guarantees damaged, increased taxation, elevated web migration, failure to sort out grotesque wokery and a daft inexperienced vitality coverage that’s destroying the countryside whereas artificially inflating vitality costs.

Tory MPs who voted in opposition to him on Monday realise this tone-deaf nonsense makes Mr Johnson a liability, not an asset.

Will Curtis
Raydon, Suffolk

SIR – It appears that some Tory MPs have launched into one other act of regicide. They had a selection of successful the subsequent election with Mr Johnson as chief, or of seeing him go and shedding it.

Is a coalition of Labour and the SNP what they need?

Mark Robbins
Bruton, Somerset

SIR – It is each extraordinary and miserable that there’s a cohort of shallow, self-seeking MPs who have prompted this disaster in the Conservative Party, when the nation has simply been proven and celebrated the immense worth of nationwide stability.

We are at conflict on many fronts. These MPs must be ashamed, and I hope their constituents eliminate them at the first obtainable alternative

P D Richardson
Elsham, Lincolnshire

SIR – For goodness’ sake cease bickering. There is extra charisma in Mr Johnson’s large toe than there may be in any of the Tories who need him out.

Dr Trevor Masters
Southend-on-Sea, Essex

SIR – The victory at the final election was in most half attributable to Mr Johnson’s reputation and the perception that he would ship Brexit. This he achieved, despite the EU’s disgraceful meddling with Northern Ireland.

Our Prime Minister rigorously steered us by means of the Covid-19 pandemic and applied a profitable vaccination programme. Britain is main the world in supporting Ukraine militarily and morally, not caring a lot about Russia’s treasured fuel or Vladimir Putin’s ridiculous posturing, not like a few of our neighbours in Europe.

The Prime Minister now has to cope with jaded, largely Remainer, so-called Tories who could be ready to exchange him with one in every of their very own ilk. The nation will overlook cake transgressions however wouldn’t forgive or overlook the betrayers come the subsequent common election.

Dr René Tayar
Tadworth, Surrey

SIR – When patriotic residents collect exterior St Paul’s to have fun the Queen’s Jubilee and loudly boo the PM, the recreation is up. The champagne is flat. Everything’s turned bitter. The occasion’s over. And so will the Conservatives be in the event that they cling cravenly to their totally discredited chief.

David Kelly
Broseley, Shropshire

 

Putin received’t relent

SIR – Juliet Samuel is right that that is no time for Britain, America, and their European allies to go wobbly (“The West shouldn’t fear ‘humiliating’ Russia. Vladimir Putin has done that all on his own”, Comment, June 4).

Calls from President Macron, Chancellor Scholz and others in the West mistakenly depend on magical fascinated by Russian willingness to barter an finish to the battle. With the conflict previous its a hundredth day, Russia reveals no severe want to compromise its unique strategic goals.

Instead, Mr Putin is betting that point is on his aspect and doubling down. Russia seeks battlefield victory to solidify management over japanese and southern Ukraine. It is eradicating civilians to relocation camps, and incorporating areas it controls into Russia. This is hardly a foundation for Ukraine to commerce land for an illusory peace or ceasefire, making a frozen battle or non permanent pause earlier than Mr Putin resumes his expansionist ambitions. Finland and Sweden recognise this actuality by in search of Nato membership.

The painful reality is {that a} negotiated settlement is simply going to occur primarily based on battlefield outcomes. Either Mr Putin wins and dictates the phrases, or defeat of the Russian army opens the door to severe diplomacy, producing long-term stability for Ukraine and Europe.

Professor James L Regens
Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, United States

 

Cut off by BT

SIR – BT mentioned it will join us to a neighborhood fibre broadband scheme on May 23, and that our previous phone quantity could be transferred to Voice over Internet Protocol. That date was in actual fact when BT reduce us off utterly.

We obtained Ukrainian refugees on May 21. We have no EE or O2 cell sign in our home. We have myriad varieties on which we have to present our landline quantity for our new company, however BT says that it might’t assure our quantity. This is as a result of BT wrongly registered the new fibre to our neighbours, and our neighbours’ to us.

We are informed that it’s a advanced matter to right this, one that can not be managed besides by groups at the highest stage in BT and Openreach. I have written 4 occasions to Philip Jansen, BT’s CEO. I’m informed we could get linked someday after June 9.

BT is unfit for its clients. Any company that organises itself in a means meaning such an situation can solely be resolved by going to the CEO is doomed.

James Miller
Offham, Kent

 

Arts and the Jubilee

SIR – Next time funding for the arts is threatened, I hope ministers recall the constructive influence of the Jubilee Concert.

Unifying a rustic, the music confirmed its skill to transcend home issues and worldwide strife.

The emphasis on Stem (science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic) shouldn’t overshadow the arts’ important function, not only for artistic energy and social cohesion but in addition in strengthening the financial system, with billions generated every year in an business the place Britain leads the world.

Andrew Copeman
London SW11

SIR – My 10-year-old grandson was chosen to sing in the kids’s choir for the Jubilee Pageant on Sunday.

At the time that they had been singing, the BBC selected to broadcast Masterchef’s John Torode and the former Strictly decide Len Goodman speaking pretty inanely about meals. We may hear the sound of the kids’s voices in the background. There should have been many grandparents like me feeling disenchanted not to have the ability to see it – to not point out the mother and father and academics in the varied colleges concerned, who had helped the kids obtain this explicit objective.

Angela Orgil
Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire

SIR – At the final Jubilee, as the harbour grasp for the Humber Estuary, I used to be charged with transporting the Queen some three miles westwards of the estuary, to Victoria Pier in Hull.

Due to the tide and the touchdown amenities, we may solely use a small 45-foot survey launch, with the cabin measuring eight toes by three toes.

As we waited to embark, Her Majesty’s personal safety officer handed me a small, brown, well-worn purse with the phrases: “To lose this will incur indescribable retribution.”

The 25-minute voyage, in a tiny enclosed area, with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, was the most important occasion in my life. The Queen’s dialog was designed to make me chill out and the Duke’s was to check me on my nautical data.

I can affirm that there have been no marmalade sandwiches in the Queen’s purse.

Captain Paul Hames
Hawkinge, Kent

 

Self-sabotaging strikes

SIR – Congratulations to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on one other spectacular personal objective. The disruption of the strikes will inevitably encourage folks to earn a living from home.

The RMT is blinkered. A greater service results in extra clients, extra jobs and higher pay. A poor service means fewer folks and redundancies. It’s a easy selection.

Chris Lambert
Tadworth, Surrey

 

Origins of ‘trashing’

SIR – After leaving Oxford, with no infantile “trashing” (Letters, June 4), I began a career as a instructor.

At that boarding and day faculty, at the finish of the summer time time period there have been issues carried out throughout darkness that had been usually ingenious however which by no means prompted mess or injury. One jape noticed the miscreants climb the flagpole on College Green and then drop automobile tyres over it which, as they piled up at its base, carried an entertaining message.

Then, years later, an Australian cleaning soap proven on the BBC depicted pupils trashing their faculty at the finish of time period. This was copied in British colleges. Most of these kids then went on to universities, taking this new “tradition” with them.

Tim Hickson
Pershore, Worcestershire

 

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