IoS letters, emails & online postings (29 July 2012)

Share

Your leading article "Ready, steady... go!" (22 July) is oddly convincing. If the Olympic Games will really reap some £6bn of benefit to Britain, then I promise to stop whingeing for the duration after one last big whinge.

Please, do stop being so unreasonable in asking me to have a "surprisingly good time". To support the Olympics because they benefit us (which I doubt since I do not see any benefit to the little person in McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other multinationals cornering the market) I can tolerate. To be asked to "enjoy" the Games is a step too far. Ten million people watching the torch's progress is an embarrassment, since all it showed is sheep unthinkingly following the crowds. Similarly with the meaningless Games themselves. Thankfully, we live in a democracy which allows us to bestow venomous hatred liberally on all sporting activities.

Right! Whingeing button off. Henceforth, I will be hiding in my garden. Food parcels without McDonald's or Coke, please. Just an east London punnet of chips... if ever it can be found and if Lord Coe allows.

Dr Faysal Mikdadi

Dorchester, Dorset

Your front-page headline "Welcome to the capital of the world" (22 July) is just the sort of self-aggrandising, self-promoting, self-regarding narcissistic nonsense which alienates London from the rest of us.

As someone who travels occasionally, I am often told (by people from London, of course) that "London is the engine which drives the British economy". And they are right – London has driven the British economy into the ground!

Between the spivs and professional gamblers in the City and a bunch of millionaires in Parliament, the rest of us have been brought to our financial knees, while London will benefit from massive investment in the Olympics.

M J Tuckwell

via email

Matt Chorley's story about geothermal energy is excellent news ("Cheap power under our feet", 22 July). A pity it comes on the same week that we learned that the Government was courting the Chinese in a bid to have them build a new range of nuclear power plants in the UK.

We should be investing our money into the development of technologies such as geothermal energy that are sustainable in the long term and not investing in other peoples' technologies.

DJT1million

posted online

Here in France, a country that is a larger beneficiary of the European Union CAP subsidy than the UK, a litre of fresh semi-skimmed milk is around €1.10 to €1.29 (86p to £1.01) in the supermarkets ("Morrisons backs down on cut-price milk", 22 July). There is also not much on display in the majority of supermarkets because most French people drink UHT, which is a lot cheaper. In fact the range of cream products for such a culinary nation is woeful.

Colin Stone

Oxford and France

Jewish voters in the United States may be mathematically insignificant, but Christian fundamentalist conservative evangelicals in the US aren't ("Today Jerusalem. Tomorrow Washington?", 22 July). And Christian evangelicals of that ilk are fanatically pro-Israel.

It's a marriage of convenience. The ideologies of the two factions, at bottom, are radically incompatible and opposed; Christian evangelicals, indeed, believe that Israel has to be restored before the Final Judgement can take place, and at that judgement everyone who won't acknowledge Jesus as God and Saviour will be consigned to hell for eternity – which would include Jews! But, at present, the agendas of the two sides converge, on something like the principle that "my enemy's enemy is my friend". Just for now.

John Bellis

Posted online

If you want an Aids-free generation ("10 steps to an Aids-free generation", 22 July), then surely it is important to reduce people's promiscuity which makes them more likely to get the disease, whether gay or straight?

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire

There are so many things that upset me and disgust me in this world. The naked rambler (22 July) is not one of them – let him roam free.

Forber

Posted online

Have your say

Letters to the Editor, The Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. Email: sundayletters@independent.co.uk. Online: independent.co.uk/dayinapage/2012/July/29

React Now

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

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Dublin

£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...

Ashdown Group: Marketing or Business Graduate Opportunity - Norwich - £22,000

£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...

Ashdown Group: Database Analyst - Birmingham - £22,000 plus benefits

£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings  

Election 2015: Smash the two-party system! Smash the voting system!

Armando Iannucci
Tactical voting is a necessary evil of the current first-past-the-post system, where voters vote against what they do not want rather than in favour of what they do  

Election 2015: Voting tactically has become more fraught in new political order

Michael Ashcroft
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power