Where was Jeremy Hunt's strong and stable leadership over the NHS attack?

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Has anyone noticed the “strong and stable” leadership shown by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt over the ransomware cyber attack on the NHS which has infected over 40 hospitals?

Me neither.

Sasha Simic

London, N16


Apparently Theresa May and her ministers are having a Cobra meeting to discuss the handling of the cyber attack over the weekend. Can we assume from this they will not be asking how it happened in the first place in the light of cuts in funding. Furthermore sending someone called Wallace onto BBC Breakfast to say how the whole Government is accountable and not Hunt is just facile. Do they think we’re stupid?

R Kimble



We are in the process of installing “smart” meters in our homes. These connect to providers through wireless networks and have the capability of switching off domestic supplies remotely. Given the chaotic and fragmented nature of the roll-out it doesn’t take much thought to realise that cyber security will at best be a token effort supported by reassuring words rather than real safety measures. This must look like an irresistible target for cyber terrorists or corrupt mischief makers.

Ashley Herbert

West Yorkshire


Unpopular polls

Now we have finally admitted that the imminent general election is about who will be running the country for the next few years and not Brexit (we had a Referendum for that), will everyone please stop going on about Jeremy Corbyn's popularity ratings?

He is only standing in one seat – so most of us will be voting for our own local candidates, and can choose on the basis of policies, not polls, or “popularity”.

Hopefully enough people will choose to show the current vicious and uncaring Government that they have had enough, and we can at least get a strong opposition even if a socially aware government is too much to hope for.

Mike Margetts



Not only am I sick of elections I am even sicker of so-called opinion polls. What ever happened to listening to what real people say, in their own words? Democracy needs the voice of the people to be heard.

Stephen Powell



The centre ground is there for the taking

The fault line between the Blairites and the socialists within the Labour Party has been highlighted by the arrival of Jeremy Corbyn. A similar fault line within the Conservative Party has been highlighted by Brexit. These fault lines are not going to go away, even if leadership changes. The public is not keen on either a socialist Labour Party or a hardline Tory Party. People prefer moderate collaborative politics.

So Tim Farron has the ball at his feet and the goal gaping before him. Will he score? The pundits are not convinced. Is it the name Liberal Democrats or is it the leadership which puts people off? Whatever the reason, if the Liberal Democrats make as dismal a showing at the general election as they did at the recent local elections. Farron’s position as leader looks untenable.

Surely the time will then be right for “democrats” from the two major parties to follow their principles and join the centre ground party. This would provide the Liberal Democrats with a much needed pool of potential, credible leadership. The question is, have any of them got the guts to do it?

Bernard Cudd