三级成人视频

A man sits on a post with a cup of tea in Bridgend, Wales, where a national lockdown will be in place until November 9
A man sits on a post with a cup of tea in Bridgend, Wales, where a national lockdown will be in place until November 9 Credit:  Matthew Horwood/Getty

三级成人视频SIR – Project Fear is on the rise again. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies believes that the death toll from the second wave of Covid-19 could be 85,000, and Imperial College London suggests that nearly 100,000 people are catching the virus every day (that most suffer only mild symptoms is not mentioned). The case for another national lockdown is being advanced.

Allister Heath (Comment, October 29) is right that the Government should publish a full cost-benefit analysis before imposing any further lockdowns. Sage should also undertake modelling to illustrate (not forecast) the death toll and wider public-health consequences.

The first lockdown only kicked the can down the road. There is little evidence that a second one will be any more effective until a vaccine is found.

Norman Macfarlane
三级成人视频 Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

 

SIR – With many European countries going back into lockdown, the pressure on Boris Johnson to follow their lead is only going to increase.

Will he hold his nerve or cave in? I think we all know the answer.

Christopher Mann
Bristol

 

SIR – I was astonished to read that NHS Test and Trace is scrambling to hire yet more consultants for its failed tracking system (report, October 29).

The right approach would be to withdraw the tool and stop throwing good money after bad. A two-week shutdown across Britain would be vastly more effective than continuing to flog this patently dead horse.

Kim Potter
Lambourn, Berkshire

SIR – I share the concern about the effects of a further lockdown on the economy, mental health and families.

However, in Doncaster we now have long queues of ambulances waiting to deliver very sick Covid patients to A&E. And while the NHS struggles with the virus, patients are not being treated for other serious conditions.

三级成人视频If we are to avoid further lockdowns, the NHS must be sustainably upscaled. The Nightingale hospitals provide the physical infrastructure but not the staff, who must be provided by any Trust sending patients to these hospitals – which is why they’ve hardly been used. I believe our nearest Nightingale is in Harrogate. Even if 
the local hospital could take the hit on staff numbers, it’s hard to see the justification for sending them from a Tier-3 area to a hospital 40 miles away.

三级成人视频Maybe we should focus on ensuring that the NHS has the capacity to cope with both Covid and its usual workload before rejecting restrictions.

Dr Jenny Jessop
三级成人视频 Doncaster, South Yorkshire

 

三级成人视频SIR – The truth of the present situation really hits home when you start filling in next year’s diary and realise that the only things you can put in for certain are people’s birthdays – and even some of those could be doubtful.

Barrie Freeman
Yapton, West Sussex

 

Labour anti-Semitism

SIR – Given the findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (report, October 29), one person who now has a lot of questions to answer is Baroness Chakrabarti, whose earlier report, commissioned by Jeremy Corbyn三级成人视频, found no evidence of 
 anti-Semitism in the party.

As she has now been discredited, surely she should resign her seat in the House of Lords and, as a practising barrister, be examined by the appropriate ruling body to determine whether she is a fit and proper person to continue practising law.

John Ball
三级成人视频 Shoebury, Essex

 

SIR – It’s all very well suspending Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party, but what about all the other MPs who stayed silent while this was going on?

Dr Andy Dyson
三级成人视频 Newark, Nottinghamshire

 

Saving the Union

三级成人视频SIR – Recent polls show increased support in Scotland for independence, and that some south of Hadrian’s Wall feel they might be well shot of us. May I beg them to remain united?

We are not all rabid nationalists. While Scotland can be viewed as the land of misty glens, grey drizzle, incomprehensible accents, deep-fried Mars bars and the dourness of John Knox, the reality is that we have some spectacular scenery, the sun shines from time to time, we have fine cuisine and some of the warmest-hearted folk you could ever meet.

There is noise about a second independence referendum, but how likely is this to deliver for the SNP? Nicola Sturgeon may have had a good Covid war, but she is also autocratic, and is supported by a supine and ineffectual government. In its time in power, the SNP has failed on almost every front. Its focus is not on delivering a better life for the Scottish people, but on gaining independence.

三级成人视频Another referendum may be likely, but the terms must be different to those of 2014. It was too easy to say yes to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” A better question is: “Do you wish to secede from possibly the most successful union of countries ever conceived, which has opened up so many opportunities for the Scottish people?”

三级成人视频We need the support of our friends across the United Kingdom. Please don’t abandon us in our time of need.

Lachlan Rhodes
三级成人视频 Huntly, Aberdeenshire

 

Keeping your hand in

SIR – To Gill Maden (Letters, October 29三级成人视频), who hasn’t been able to play bridge since March, I recommend Bridge 
Base Online.

三级成人视频Most players from my local clubs use it daily and we can even chat as we do so. It’s a great way to stay in touch and to keep your playing skills ticking over.

Jean Boddy
三级成人视频 Falmouth, Cornwall

 

All ears

SIR – Lynette Johnson’s letter (October 28三级成人视频) on eyebrow semaphore made me smile, not least because it sparked fond memories of the late Squadron Leader Bill Holdsworth, with whom I had the privilege to serve many years ago.

Bill was one of a select brethren of wartime officers who would communicate across the dining table by wiggling his ears in Morse code. It was a rare skill even then, and I suspect it may have completely died out in these days of digital communication.

Charles Ness
Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire

 

Standing up to the EU

SIR – We support the Government in its firm stance against the unrealistic and vindictive demands of the European Union in the Brexit trade negotiations.

The EU wants zero-tariff trade in goods where it has a huge surplus in trade with the UK, but offers little in return on services where it has a deficit. Its demands – that the UK observe EU rules on state aid and that there be a regulatory playing field – go well beyond what it has agreed with other nations, and it insists that its own courts act as judge and jury in disputes. It also refuses to recognise the UK’s product-certification processes, which have been acceptable for decades, but it does accept Canada’s.

三级成人视频Although trade agreements do not usually give access to partners’ natural resources, the EU seeks a large share of the UK’s fish. Demands that EU officials monitor trade into Northern Ireland should be resisted.

三级成人视频Parts of the business community are rightly concerned about barriers to trade and about customs delays, and it would be better if an amicable agreement could be signed. However, the EU is not in the mood for mutually beneficial co-operation. Unless it has a last-minute change of heart, we should conclude that the gains from free trade in goods are not large enough to merit the UK acceding to these onerous terms.

Baroness Deech (Crossbench)
Sir Richard Aikens
Sir Richard Dearlove
Sir Peter Marshall
Sir Andrew Wood
Professor David Betz
Professor Robert Tombs
Professor David Blake
Professor J C D Clark
Professor David Coleman
Professor David Collins
Professor Angus Dalgleish
Professor David Paton
Professor Gwythian Prins
Professor Michael Rainsborough
Professor Michael Vickers
Professor P B Whyman
Professor Robert J Jackson
Dr Graham Gudgin
Dr Lee Jones
Dr David Lane
Dr Ruth Lea
Dr Catherine McBride
Dr Nicholas Shrimpton
Edmund Truell
Nick Busvine
Robert Lee
Rory Maw
Peter Udale

 

Man in the mirror

SIR – Howard Morgan’s (Obituaries, October 24三级成人视频) father may have been deputy headmaster at Fairfax High School at a later date, but he was not when Howard attended. I know this as I was the art teacher (1961-67) who, as you put it, “saved” Howard.

Really he saved himself. He would not have been lost to painting. He had the talent and a sense of purpose that only needed direction. For example, when we were preparing a portfolio to support his application to universities, I advised him of the need for some life drawing, which was not available at Fairfax. I suggested enrolling at the local art school. Sometime later he brought me beautiful pencil studies of a male nude. He had drawn himself at home as reflected in a wardrobe mirror – an example of his determination to succeed. I shall miss his friendship.

Malcolm Potter
Shaftesbury, Dorset

 

Turning the country into a rubbish dump

Hard to bear: some depressing evidence of fly-tipping near a railway line in Wales Credit: Geraint Rowland Photography/Moment RF

三级成人视频SIR – It is hardly surprising there is so much fly-tipping (Julia Hartley-Brewer, Features, October 29), given the exorbitant charges imposed by recycling centres and, with a few exceptions, their generally inhospitable attitude to commercial visitors. A nearby lay-by is bound to be a more attractive option.

Simon Harris
Falcutt, Northamptonshire

 

SIR – Fly-tipping, as Julia Hartley-Brewer says, certainly has something to do with all of us, and that includes local councils. The restrictions placed on public use of local refuse tips obviously adds to the casual dumping of revolting rubbish in the countryside and 
town streets.

In my area we have to book online to obtain a timed slot to visit the 
 tip. For my last visit it took four – yes, four – days of laptop usage at various times of the day to obtain a booking.

三级成人视频However, when I attended and raised the problem with the management, the response was: 
“Oh just come down when you like – we’re never really busy.”

Nic Paris
Melksham, Wiltshire

 

The annual payments extracted from parishes

SIR – Rev Philip Harratt (Letters, October 28三级成人视频) misses the point about current Church of England finances when he asks whether a parish would be “willing to pay a priest’s stipend directly”.

三级成人视频Most parishes, like my own and those of several of your recent correspondents, make an annual “gift” to the diocese in the region of £65,000. In return we receive half a vicar and 
a house.

三级成人视频Anyone in management will tell 
you that the cost of these, including pension, insurance and overheads, is unlikely to add up to more than £45,000. Therefore most parishes are giving away £20,000 a year to an unaccountable and bloated administration.

It is not as if this extra money is used to support poorer parishes. As another correspondent, Frances Rand (Letters, October 28), points out, the diocese shuts these parishes down.

The other part of the background to this disgraceful state of affairs concerns the role of the Church Commissioners. Despite poor investment acumen, the Church of England remains one of the richest landowners in the country. But no money seems forthcoming to assist the parishes in plugging the administrative black hole that is the dioceses.

We have, in the Church of England, an opaque, top-heavy hierarchy, 
 which is more concerned about preserving itself at the expense of the parishes, which it still does not realise are its life-blood. A bit like the NHS 
and the BBC.

Professor R G Faulkner
Loughborough, Leicestershire

 

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