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Letters, March 17: Badger cull vote; organis food benefits; and speed key to road safety

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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Defeat should have led to resignations

The announcement last week by Jeremy Hunt regarding the rates of pay to NHS staff, ahead of this week's Budget, appeared to me to be yet one more nail in his political coffin, he is fast running out of space.

Whenever a serious problem occurs, this coalition Government announces an enquiry to be carried out by "known experts". This invariably takes several months before results are published and then usually the ruling party's action is to ignore the advice given. It's all a game to them ignoring the fact that they have just squandered another few million pounds.

Take the case of the controversial badger vote where, after the "results" of the first set of culls were disputed, an independent inquiry was ordered, Most interested folk knew the result of this inquiry last week showed that the trial cull failed and was in many cases inhumane, yet look at what happened in the Commons at the end of the debate. They voted 219 to end the culling and one against, but the Government ignored the result by not voting.

In most countries a defeat like this would be classed as a vote of "no confidence" and required a resignation.

David Cameron has repeatedly made a U-turn on his sworn statements and will no doubt continue to do so until he leaves No 10 next year. As for his "guarantee" for a referendum on the EU is for the year 2017, if by some twist of magic he is still PM he will find a way to avoid the issue.

Regarding the EU my support goes to Ed Milliband and I am convinced that he will prove to be an excellent prime minister.

K P Taylor

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Bristol business at unfair disadvantage

As business reporter Michael Ribbeck writes, Bristol is enjoying high growth. An indication of this is the number of cranes operating throughout the city.

Bristol has the second most dynamic economy in the country after London. This is despite the lack of help it gets from government, in stark contrast to the largesse extended to Liverpool and Manchester. Bristol as the putative capital of Saxland does not get anywhere the support from the political class that Cardiff receives as the capital of Wales.

Saxland (South West, South East and East Anglia) is six times the size of Wales and three times the size of Scotland, at least in terms of population. It would be appropriate for Saxland to have a parliament in Bristol with powers equivalent to those of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Robert Craig

All The South Party

Organic food proves much healthier for us

I agree with Bernard's Seward's letter (Daily Press March 14) in which he said that Lord Krebs, who is giving his opinion on the flooding, has been wrong in the past. When working at the Food Standards Agency he kept repeating that natural organic food was no higher in nutrition than food grown with pesticides.

Yet a £12 million study at Newcastle University, led by Professor Carlo Leifert & funded by the EU, found that organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 per cent more beneficial antioxidants than non-organic. Organic milk contains 90 per cent more antioxidants and healthy omega-3 fatty acids because organic cows graze in meadows whenever possible, rather than being fed grains indoors. These extra nutrients can help prevent cancer and other diseases.

Many studies show organic to be healthier. Danish organic farmers were found to have much higher fertility than men exposed to chemicals. Organic farming is better for the soil, kinder to animals and is better for the environment.

A Wills

Ruislip, Middlesex

Cost of Russian gas suggests alternatives

OK, so we've just learnt the true cost of Russian natural gas. So fracking and wind farms and Hinkley C, anyone?

Paul Rogers

Wells, Somerset

Safety on the roads is a matter of speed

One can only guess how much the search for MH370 is costing and speculate how much more will be spent on any further investigation. It is instructive to compare this with how investigations are conducted into incidents on this country's highways and how "experts" derive their conclusions.

Commercial airline pilots fly routinely through areas of reduced visibility, typically cloud or fog and do so mostly safely. On the roads, fog is perceived by many as a dangerous hazard and the cause of crashes. Drivers are castigated for not using headlights. Yet people on foot swarm out of, say, sporting or musical events in dark or misty conditions without the supposed benefit of additional lighting or the wearing of fluorescent tabards. They maintain separation from others by the simple expedient of low or reduced speed and being aware of the proximity of others. Cyclists do so, too, often at speeds greater than that of slow motorists.

That motorists collide with each other or with roadside obstructions has nothing to do with lighting, but everything to do with them failing to exercise common sense and by choosing a speed inappropriate for the conditions.

Anthony G Phillips

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Faithful kept their focus on a better land

As the controversy over where the new Bishop of Bath and Wells will live rumbles on, we would do well to remember where Old Testament people of faith lived. It is written that they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

There is much in the news about the problems in the Middle East and in Jerusalem: people claiming that the so-called promised land is theirs. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul writing of Abraham and other people of faith wrote, "But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." These people of faith had their eye on a better land, and on the new Jerusalem.

Mrs E Stuart

Thornbury Bristol

Inspired to verse by flooding on Levels

After seeing all the photographs, and news of the flooding I was inspired to write this poem

The moon sits graceful in its heavenly throne

As the earth spins slow in silent wonder

But the sun hides its favour from our eyes

While the rain falls swift with shouts of thunder

The wind blows fierce and stops for no one

The trees bow low under command

As the rivers surrender their control by force

Now the water has devoured all the land

The peaceful Levels once a place to dream

A village of life's tranquil emotions

All swept away by Mother Nature's hand

Now she carries the tears into the oceans

Paul Dadzitis

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  • mmjames  |  March 17 2014, 11:40PM

    Clueless - the shortage of MP's in Parliament just goes to show the contempt that most feel for the ignorant few who spouted a load of hot air, even admitting they knew nothing about Zoonotic Tuberculosis! Why would those who KNOW the cull of badgers will continue bother to attend such a meeting?

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  • Clued-Up  |  March 17 2014, 11:15PM

    @mmjames Losing the badger cull vote 219 - 1 makes this government look absolutely ridiculous and if they HAD been able to drum up any more support they'd have done so. They couldn't. The badger cull's a self-imposed political and media disaster for the ConDems.

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  • mmjames  |  March 17 2014, 10:40AM

    quote "They voted 219 to end the culling and one against, but the Government ignored the result by not voting." Only 220 turned up, the rest knew better than to waste their time! http://tinyurl.com/omaprvh

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