Letters - Saturday, September 19, 2020

Shaking our heads at television today

By James Reader
Saturday, 19th September 2020, 7:00 am
See letter from 'Disgusted outdoor enthusiast'

I was so sorry to read we will lose Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell from A Question of Sport, one of the most entertaining happy, and funny, programmes the BBC has ever put on.

But, of course, this is the nature of things to come. I dread to think who will replace them but I could hazard a guess.

Also, radio is to lose the wonderful Don Black on late Sunday evening who plays us real music, not all the other useless stuff we have to put up with. A worthy follower to the late David Jacobs.

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I have long given up on Radio 2 – the noise and inane chatter puts me off.

Barry Foster

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By dispensing with the old guard on A Question of Sport, seeking to refresh the programme and attract new younger viewers, the BBC have created themselves a problem.

In today’s atmosphere of diversity, political correctness, adherence to the whim of the “woke”, it will be very interesting to see who they choose to replace Sue Barker and Co.

Peter Rickaby

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With regard to letters on the new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small, I agree that it is refeshing to have a programme without bad language.

Where are the programmes of yesteryear, like Heartbeat and Last of the Summer Wine, which were good family viewing we could all gather round?

J Maddock

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Stop leaving filth behind

For many years I have enjoyed walking in our beautiful countryside. However, I am disgusted by the number of dog poo bags discarded in so many places.

I think I have identified the favourite place to dispose of this waste – hung on a gate/fence, presumably for some one else to remove. I have also seen them hanging from trees, even tucked into gaps in stone walls.

I don’t know if you can print the blunt notice from a farmer (pictured) telling people in no uncertain terms what to do with their poo bags. Who can blame him or her?

So an appeal to those dog owners who show disregard for others and the environment. Your dog – your responsibility to remove its mess.

Disgusted outdoor



Is being an MP a full-time job?

When you hear our honourable members of parliament spouting on about how hard they all work and then go off and land a second job with an outside source, does it not make one wonder how they have the time to do both.

The latest passenger on the gravy train is our ex-transport minister Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling, who has landed a £100,000 a year job as a consultant for the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe.

So is being an MP a part-time job or not, and if yes should they only be paid a part-time wage? Answers on a postcard please.

M Tipper



A case of right and wrong

This week saw this Government argue for breaking the law.

Whether a negotiation tactic or not, the Internal Market Bill introduced in the Commons last Monday breaches international law, lays the ground for much more extensive breaches of international law and attempts to insulate Ministers from judicial scrutiny at home.

The UK has always stood up for international law on the world stage and has traditionally been proud to do so. To witness countless Commons members downplay what this endorsement of law-breaking would mean for our country’s standing on the international stage was truly extraordinary and greatly disappointing.

Whilst some, most notably members of the Government, still aim to frame this debate within Leave-Remain lines, unfortunately the path this Government seems to be taking us down now seems to be, rather more accurately, a simple case of right and wrong.

It is hard to point to the most distressing part of the impact of this Bill, but clearly the Government has accepted the loss of public confidence as an acceptable trade-off in order to create a deeply flawed negotiation tactic.

Simon Daubeney

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