IoS Letters, emails & online postings (15th March 2009)

Share
Related Topics

Harriet Harman's wardrobe has nothing to do with young women's political ambitions ("A whole generation is lost to politics", 8 March). Here in Canada, the female role model who inspired today's women parliamentarians was a single female cabinet minister with appalling dress sense. Plain and overweight, she was treated abominably when she entered the House of Commons in 1960. But many more women followed the gutsy Liberal Judy LaMarsh into a Commons career.

There are obstacles to women running for office here and in the UK: getting selected for a winnable seat, and money. The backroom boys in my party carry on king-making as if there were no outstanding women, and the Commons is a zoo of loud-voiced men shouting one another down. No wonder girls are put off politics.

Anne Thackray

Toronto, Canada



***

Our civil law is clear about the use of force and violence: it is criminal. But governments of all parties believe that lethal force and violence can be used in "the national interest" ("Did Mr Straw really see no evil?", 8 March). There are millions who operate on the brute level that "paying back" wrong for wrong is justifiable and who see nothing wrong with steamrolling moral objections. Our governments seek to appear just and high-minded, enforcers and not abusers of international law. Only when we consistently stick to the principles we profess to practise will we stop having to turn a blind eye.

lark_spur14

posted online



***

We remember the lies dished out regarding the threat Saddam Hussein posed to the UK and the USA ("Pakistan the greatest threat", 8 March). More than a million Iraqis have been killed since the American attack on Iraq; the country has been shattered by US and coalition forces, and Iraqis have been forced to flee abroad. Are we now about to witness another saga of killings, murders and destruction initiated by the USA and supported by our government – this time in Pakistan?

Shaikh Mohommad

Croydon, Surrey



***

The "greenest" form of renewable energy is biomass ("Darling vetoes plans for green revolution ...", 8 March). Replacing 60 million tons of coal in the UK with some 90 million tons of wood products would be challenging, but a determined effort to harvest waste wood and to plant rapid-growing, coppice-amenable willow and miscanthus grass would go a long way. Developing countries and those with sustainable forest schemes could also contribute. Irrigation might be required, but the collateral benefits of reliable, increased water would be enormous.

Dr Barrie Smith

Erdington, Birmingham



***

Arthur Scargill argued against a national miners' ballot because there were regions not under threat which might have voted against defending the jobs of those whose pits were threatened ("Reunited at last", March 8). It is a perverse definition of democracy only to favour an election when one is likely to win. It also runs directly against the very basis of trade union solidarity, which rightly requires the loyalty of the strong in defence of their weaker brethren.

The lack of a national vote haunted the miners throughout the whole sad episode and was a key factor in the emergence of Jimmy Reid, the left-wing leader of the Clydeside shipyard workers. He memorably described Scargill's tactics as "infantilism".

Michael Meadowcroft

Leeds



***

Having been through a near-identical situation as Julie Myerson with my son, I could not imagine committing it to prose for any purpose, and certainly not to sell a book ("Myerson family feud over book deepens", 8 March). It has left her poor son exposed to public judgement about this most private of matters, and will hang over his attempts to restart his life.

Helene Davidson

posted online



***

It takes strong parents to say to their child: "Here are my limits, and I will go no further." As a child I could never see it, but as a parent I now see this as passing on values to the next generation. My wife's parents and my own have done this and shaped our views. They now support and strengthen this message within our own family. If a child refuses to accept the "family" rules it is a very sad situation. To try to work through such a situation is hard, particularly for a mother. Sometimes, the child refuses to accept the rules of the family and the situation becomes unsustainable. In such cases, everyone loses.

John Helliwell

posted online



***

Many pensioners – like Janet Street- Porter – are loaded ("We need older workers – they know everything", 8 March). They are the spoilt, greedy, baby-boomer generation that had everything easy. They should shut up, or we may create a special baby-boomer's tax just for them.

wormery

posted online

Have your say

Letters to the Editor 191 Marsh Wall, London E14 9RS; fax: 020-7005 2628; email: sundayletters@independent.co.uk (with address and phone. No attachments please); online: www.independent.co.uk/dayinapage/2009/March/15

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

Read Next
 

Forget charging by the page - with books, heart matters more than heft

Katy Guest
George Osborne likes to think of himself as the greatest political mind of his generation  

Budget 2015: It takes a lot of hard work to be as lucky as George Osborne

John Rentoul
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test