IoS letters, emails & online postings (17 July 2011)

Share
Related Topics

Please, Janet Street-Porter, don't include my family, friends, colleagues and neighbours in the collective "we" ("The News of the World habit was as addictive as crack", 10 July). Some of us have gardens to maintain, meals to cook and shirts to iron for Monday – in other words, a life of our own.

I still remember as a young teenager having a visit from a schoolmate's father, a reporter with the News of the World. He had been invited to the school to talk to the children about journalism as a career option. Even then, my underdeveloped moral radar twitched nervously as he described what he reported on and how he got the information. Ladders and windows seemed to feature, if my memory is correct. I've always wished since that I had had the confidence to stand up and challenge the "rightness" of his job.

While there will always be issues surrounding freedom of the press and reportage, people's rights to a private life – as long as they are not committing crime – should be sacrosanct.

The News of the World had what was coming to it. Good riddance.

Hilary Stockwell

Hungerford, Berkshire

One disturbing feature of the News of the World's final edition was the unrepentant self-glorification of its dubious past.

Another was how, after almost every large company in the land decided it was unethical to take up advertising in the paper, so many charities rushed to fill the vacated space (presumably gratis). Not only does it show a lack of judgement on their part, it demonstrated breathtaking naivety by handing the editorial team an opportunity of enhancing the paper's misplaced sense of self-congratulation. Perhaps the charities decided that the ends justified the means. The exact philosophy used in the rationalisation of crooked journalistic practices of that paper for so many years.

Roger Hattam

Bingley, West Yorkshire

Do you not find it odd that, in today's Britain, all the faces in your picture of the farewell pose of the News of the World staff are white. Their company is probably not alone – just a thought.

N Reeda

Paris, France

David Cameron's intention to go ahead with the badger cull should surprise nobody who is aware of his involvement with blood sports and his general indifference to animal welfare. This carnage will of course be ongoing and will be repeated annually, despite the scientific evidence that, in areas surrounding the cull, the badger population will actually increase.

Of course the problem of TB in cattle will persist, since the assault on the immune systems of these animals by the routine administration of drugs, antibiotics, and hormones will continue unabated. When the badgers have been wiped out, the farmers and their political lackeys will instead persecute the deer or another of the species of wildlife that carry TB. No doubt the widespread ignoring by farmers of biosecurity measures at markets will also continue, while the case of the farmer in Powys recently given a suspended sentence for reversing name tags on infected animals is probably the tip of an iceberg.

Peter Langley

Oxford

As a teacher who has taught in both state and independent schools, I have noticed that independent school pupils have the capacity to teach themselves ("Disdain for learning is a costly flaw", 10 July). This is crucially the skill independent schools develop, which gives their pupils self-confidence and self-worth and improves their chances of gaining Oxbridge places. State schools are handicapped by an over-prescriptive curriculum and little scope for students to learn independently of teachers.

Kartar Uppal

West Bromwich, West Midlands

Regrettably, in Barbara Stocking's article ("The Cycle of Disaster-aid-disaster-aid must be broken", 10 July), yet again the "P" word was never mentioned. I still have in my possession a 1970s publication from Population Concern called The Shape of Things to Come which predicted the problems caused by rapid population growth. It highlighted in particular the area of Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. Over the intervening years, population remains a largely taboo subject and the predictions are sadly coming true. It is now time for aid that is raised to be aimed specifically at family planning. I am sure that there would be many willing donors.

Nigel Long

Bristol

I disagree with Janet Street-Porter when she says "it's essential that school meals be subsidised and made compulsory" ("Gove must follow Jamie's lead", 10 July). Why is it wrong for youngsters to go home for dinner? I've fond memories of listening to BBC Radio 4 at lunchtime with my mother, and I'm certainly glad I didn't have to stay at school to be fed.

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Have your say

Letters to the Editor, Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF; email: sundayletters@independent.co.uk (no attachments, please); fax: 020 7005 2627; online: independent.co.uk/dayinapage/2011/July/17

React Now

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

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage pose for a photograph as thousands gather in Dublin Castle  

The lessons we can learn from Ireland's gay marriage referendum

Stefano Hatfield
Immigration enforcement officers lead a Romanian national who has been arrested on immigration offences from a house in Southall in London  

Don’t blame migrants – the West helped to create their plight

Yasmin Alibhai Brown
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?