SIR – For the past two weeks, a treadmill of scientists has appeared on Radio 4 Today program to seriously intone that the reopening of the company on June 21 would trigger a third wave. The same scientists have warned that reopening schools in March would trigger a massive increase in infections and hospitalizations, and a preventable increase in deaths. This is not the case.
They said the same before the non-food retail business reopened on April 12, and again before the reopening on May 17 – also without the outcome they so gravely warned us about.
SIR – Already 39 million people – 75% of the adult population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine. All people over 50 should be vaccinated before June 21.
Scientists are very lucky not to depend on the hotel industry for their income.
Green ham, Worcestershire
SIR – With the discovery of the new variant of Vietnam, how long before scientists want to lock us up forever?
MONSIEUR – I am both amazed and horrified by your revelations of high salaries in certain charities (report, June 1).
Obviously, those involved misunderstood the saying: “Charity begins at home”. Their arrogance in believing that they are worth such sums is breathtaking.
I have a list of favorite charities that I contribute to each year. Those mentioned in your article have now been written off.
Major Colin Robins
Die creep mission
SIR – Baroness Meacher’s assisted dying bill does not explicitly target people with disabilities. But for many people with disabilities, it is not difficult to see the writing on the wall.
I was struck by a statement a few years ago by a group called the Commission on Assisted Dying, which was made up largely of supporters of changing the law.
In their report, this group expressed the view that lethal drugs should not be offered to people with disabilities “at this stage”. I found these five scary words. They told me that I would not be a legalized assisted suicide candidate at first, but that I should consider myself in the waiting room.
Such a “slippage of the mission” is inevitable when a law resting on a natural border and applying to all equally, regardless of their physical state of health or physical abilities, is replaced by a law with a border. arbitrary like terminal illness. Such laws contain within themselves the seeds of their own expansion. To ignore this is to court danger.
Baroness Gray-Thompson (Crossbench)
SIR – I would risk guessing that the balls at Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ wedding were straw rather than hay (report, May 31).
Hay (grass that has been dried in the summer sun to feed the animals) is soft and does not support many manipulations or large hindquarters.
Straw (the stalk on which wheat and barley grow, often used for bedding) is much stiffer. Once compressed and threaded, a bullet could easily have supported the weight of the couple. Hay, on the other hand, could have been embarrassing for the heavier of the pair.
SIR – Nick Timothy’s warning that “we are not drifting into segregation, we are dangerously rushing towards it” (Commentary, May 31) raises a relevant question: the creation of a multicultural Britain may be desirable, but is it practical? All our efforts to achieve such a result have so far resulted in the creation of a Britain not multicultural, but ghettoized.
Most of our downtown constituencies now have expanding ethnic enclaves, where minorities live in a parallel universe with their own denominational schools, places of worship, financial institutions, and non-English speaking television stations. Some even have their own ethnic MPs.
Since Britain neither encourages a “desegregated” housing policy in Singapore nor opposes newcomers living in self-imposed ghettos, immigrants have no incentive to integrate.
Randhir Singh Bains