Politics

Dear Patrick McLoughlin You have now unveiled the routes of the high-speed rail links to be built in the North of England. You claim that these will boost jobs, and that the 250mph trains will slash journey times and boost regional businesses, closing the North-South divide. I understand that because this is so essential for the recovery of an economy that you have called “stagnant”, the public consultation will be fast-tracked. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is bringing forward public consultation on the plans to later this year in a bid to fast-track the controversial project. I am not in favour of the plans, not because they will upset Nimbys (Not In My Back Yard) in constituencies where the lines will run, but because they are so incredibly expensive and the detail of...
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Your Royal Highness, You are third in line to the throne. You can be a right royal twit when acting the playboy. However you are a soldier, standing shoulder to shoulder with other soldiers of the United Kingdom’s army fighting terrorism and insurgency in Afghanistan. In today’s news we learn from an interview that, while on your second tour of duty in Afghanistan, you have taken lives in the war against terrorism. As a commander of the army's most sophisticated attack helicopter, you said that you had fired on the Taliban during operations to support ground troops and rescue injured Afghan and NATO personnel. You are quoted as saying: "If there're people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose," he said. "Take a life to save a life...
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Dear Monsieur le President. I salute and applaud your intentions in fighting terrorism and the odious al-shabaab insurgent groups with their links to al-Qaeda. We, the British stand shoulder to shoulder with you in your opposition to the spread of Islamic militant groups, and in your refusal to negotiate with hostage-takers. I can also understand your desire to free a French national held in captivity, such as Dennis Allex. However, and with the greatest respect for those who died in the two raids last weekend, one in Somalia, and one in Mali, you should have asked the British Special Air Service (SAS) to accompany your commandos on the raid, particularly the one to try to free Monsieur Allex. I know there may be a question of national pride here - wanting to produce a glorious...
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Buenos Aires, January 3rd, 2013 Mr Prime Minister David Cameron, One hundred and eighty years ago on the same date, January 3rd, in a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism, Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Malvinas Islands, which are situated 14,000km (8700 miles) away from London. The Argentines on the Islands were expelled by the Royal Navy and the United Kingdom subsequently began a population implantation process similar to that applied to other territories under colonial rule. Since then, Britain, the colonial power, has refused to return the territories to the Argentine Republic, thus preventing it from restoring its territorial integrity. The Question of the Malvinas Islands is also a cause embraced by Latin America and by a vast majority of peoples and...
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Pathetic, you said "pathetic"? How pathetic it is!I was born in 1948, I started working at the age of 14 as a printer, as a warehouseman and then as a dramatic artist. I've always paid my taxes and levies, whatever the rate has been under all the governments in place.At no point have I defaulted on my duties. The historic films I've made testify to my love of France and its history.More illustrious figures than me have been expatriated or have left our country.I sadly have nothing left to do here, but I will continue to love the French people and this public with whom I've shared so many emotions!I'm leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, in fact, differences, must be punished.I do not ask to be approved of. I could at least be respected!No...
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Dear Mr President Your country and all right-minded people are distressed and depressed at yet another gun-related massacre. In 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people from "the Tower" at the University of Texas. In 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold massacred 13 at Columbine High School in Colorado. Twelve killed in Aurora this summer, at the screening of a movie. Now, 20 children senselessly murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. There have been others, including some abroad. Emotions are running high. The calls come again to impose restrictions on the ownership of guns. However I think that you should listen to the gun lobby and weigh up the more sensible of their arguments. Then look at the facts on these massacres. Then look at how many people are killed in automobile accidents on...
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Dear Sirs and Madams In the UK, and in other countries, Governments are re-considering their drugs policies. This is against a background of increasingly softer attitudes towards recreational drugs, and in the UK, in the light of one report that “the war against drugs is lost”. With a recession, more and more demonstrations in the streets of Europe, people out of work and with more time on their hands, it may be tempted to see this as the right time to de-criminalise softer drugs, and making use of harder drugs something that needs treatment rather than punishment. Surely the time must be right to relax policies, allow indulgences of the softer drugs such as marijuana, and weaker amphetamines, which, some would argue, are less harmful than drinking alcohol, or, in the long time,...
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Shame on you US and UK. The US (and of course their tail-wagging partners, Israel) refused to recognise Palestine’s diplomatic status within the United Nations, while the UK in a cringe-making move, abstained. But the outcome is there for all to see: The UN General Assembly, voted overwhelmingly to enhance Palestine's diplomatic status at the United Nations yesterday. Was it a close-run thing? No. US and UK, just look at the figures here- the resolution was approved by 138-9 on the General Assembly. 9 against, and 41 abstentions. 138 recognising that the Palestinian Authority has a right to exist in the UN as a "non-member state" from the previous category of "entity". It is now has the same status as the Vatican! I hope that this will pave the way for the Palestinian Authority to...
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Dear Prime Minister. I understand that you are supporting a proposal to have a minimum price per unit of alcohol. It seems that it will probably be about 40p-50p per unit of alcohol. That would make a can of average strength lager £2 per can, and a bottle of supermarket red wine £6.50. I understand that the Treasury is in turmoil because they fear that they will lose revenue because people will buy less alcohol as a result, and they will raise less in taxes. That may be so, but I come at this from a different angle. If alcohol is a bad drug and should be banned because it is harming the fabric of the nation, then ban it. If its use by some people causes problems, such as in antisocial behaviour, and/or a strain on the NHS, then address the people who have this problem. But do not take...
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Dear Microsoft Corporation, I felt it was important for you to understand that I have a moral objection to gay “marriage.” Since you have seen fit to place your endorsement in support of gay “marriage;” forcing me to conscientiously object; you need to understand that I will not willingly financially support your corporation again. It is unfortunate, because I’ve always appreciated your professionalism and quality of design, in the past. Your actions indicate you do not respect my moral values, and no longer want my business, so I will comply. I will do everything within my power to support other technology companies which do not feel the need to force their political views upon me. As individuals you have a right to support anything you want. As a corporation, you have a fiscal...
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