UN nu­clear de­bate at iconic cathe­dral

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1399: The Order of the Bath was con­sti­tuted.

1521: Pope Leo X con­ferred the ti­tle of De­fender of the Faith on Henry VIII. Twelve years later Henry broke with Rome to marry Anne Bo­leyn. 1844: Baked beans mag­nate HJ Heinz was born of Ger­man par­ents in Pittsburgh.

1899: The Boer War be­gan be­tween the British Em­pire and the Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.

1919: The first air­line meals were served on a Han­d­ley-Page flight from Lon­don to Paris. They were pre-packed lunch boxes at three shillings each (15p).

1957: The Ra­dio tele­scope at

Jo­drell Bank, Cheshire went into op­er­a­tion.

1958: The BBC’s Grand­stand was first trans­mit­ted.

1973: The start of the Yom Kip­pur War in the Mid­dle East.

1986: Nu­clear weapons ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Ron­ald Rea­gan and Mikhail Gor­bachev opened in a sum­mit in Reyk­javik. They ended in fail­ure.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A “wor­ry­ing” fall in the num­ber of nurses work­ing in the NHS had come about, anal­y­sis from an in­flu­en­tial think tank found. THE pic­ture taken in 1956 of work on con­struct­ing the Cathe­dral

(Oct 5) re­minded me of my first visit when this iconic build­ing opened.

On Satur­day, I paid my fourth visit to Coven­try to at­tend a con­fer­ence con­cern­ing the new United Na­tions Treaty on the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Nu­clear Weapons.

Not many peo­ple have heard that the Church of Eng­land Synod has voted by 260 to 26 to urge HM Govern­ment to en­gage with this. Canon Sarah Hills ad­dressed ev­ery­one and a mes­sage from Bishop Christo­pher was read out. The bishop’s mes­sage also de­cried the bad doc­trine of nu­clear de­ter­rence.

The dec­la­ra­tion of Pope Fran­cis that the ac­tual pos­ses­sion of nu­clear weapons is wrong is not well known ei­ther, so the con­fer­ence fo­cused on how all these im­por­tant facts can be con­veyed to Chris­tians and oth­ers.

Michael Pul­ham

East Sus­sex RE­GARD­ING ‘Bus ser­vice isn’t fit for a City of Cul­ture’ (Sep 28).

Mark Hef­fer­nan is cor­rect on a num­ber of points he makes but he is very wrong on oth­ers.

The rea­son that buses run late and not to the pub­lished timetable is sim­ply ex­plained; they can’t leap over cars. The roads are so busy that traf­fic jams are the order of the day. On the days and times when the roads are not so busy, buses are on time with few ex­cep­tions.

I use a car but also use pub­lic trans­port, so I know from ex­pe­ri­ence the cause of the prob­lems. Ei­ther we re­duce the num­ber of cars on the road or ac­cept the en­su­ing prob­lems with pub­lic trans­port; there is no other sim­ple an­swer.

John Thomp­son

Ex­hall THERESA May waltzed on to the stage and then spent the next hour danc­ing around the truth.

The PM sought to pre­tend the Tories had the an­swers to the aus­ter­ity they cre­ated, that they were united around the Brexit plan, she claimed she led a de­cent and mod­er­ate party – news to any­one who saw the news.

Not so much the Iron Lady as the Irony Lady. The woman who cre­ated a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment sang the praises of the Win­drush gen­er­a­tion; the women who at­tacked Labour for anti-Semitism when her own MPs re­fused to cen­sor Hun­gar­ian PM Vik­tor Or­ban.

This speech was aimed pri­mar­ily at her own party and the Brex­i­teer Ul­tras in par­tic­u­lar. It also handed trib­ute to Jeremy Cor­byn once she stripped away the gra­tu­itous at­tack on the Labour leader – at the same time, de­cry­ing the poi­son in pol­i­tics.

Al­most ev­ery is­sue she raised – homes, buses, the rail­ways, the cost of liv­ing and crony cap­i­tal­ism – read like be­lated an­swers to queries 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343


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0333 202 8000 raised by Cor­byn at PMQs. The PM is try­ing to play catch up with a few airy pro­pos­als of her own.

Vot­ers are right to be scep­ti­cal of her prom­ise of good times ahead, Hav­ing in­flicted the wounds of Brexit and aus­ter­ity, the Tories are now of­fer­ing a lac­er­ated pa­tient some free plas­ters.

Andy McDon­ald

Tile Hill WHILE I’m far from con­vinced that an­other ref­er­en­dum on Brexit would set­tle mat­ters, I feel bound to ask Roy Frost (Oct 6) why an­other ref­er­en­dum would “make a mock­ery of democ­racy”.

Af­ter all, it can be ar­gued that the ref­er­en­dum held in 2016 made a mock­ery of the 1975 vote, in that it re­versed a de­ci­sion taken then.

Need­less to say, it could be ar­gued, and no doubt Mr Frost will ar­gue, that the 2016 vote was jus­ti­fied be­cause the EU in 2016 was of a much dif­fer­ent make-up that which the UK voted to join in 1975, and that in any case many of those who voted then were no longer around to re­gret their fool­ish­ness and that those who are de­serve a chance to for­swear their folly.

But what if the Brexit that is go­ing to be de­liv­ered is very dif­fer­ent from the one that many peo­ple voted for? What, for ex­am­ple, if they have come to re­alise that the key Brexit cam­paign­ers, in­clud­ing Boris John­son, Nigel Farage, Michael

Gove and their ilk, those who at the time of the ref­er­en­dum were all for UK’s ‘tak­ing back con­trol’, had in the in­terim shown that they were merely hec­tor­ing blowhards who can­not be trusted to run any­thing be­yond the odd night with the boys?

Wouldn’t it then be to “make a mock­ery of democ­racy” not to have a sec­ond vote on Brexit?

Kevin Cryan

Rad­ford I bought a Venus fly trap But it wouldn’t harm a fly. I gave it lots to chew on But it wouldn’t even try.

It looked so thin and shriv­elled, I gave it worms and slugs.

But it wouldn’t take a bite of them Or any other bugs.

In de­spair, I fed it leaves,

At last, it be­gan to munch.

I gave it beans, and even grapes – It gob­bled down a bunch.

Now it looked more healthy

Given plants to eat,

It gulped them down, but would only


When of­fered any meat.

I showed my plant to a wise old


A sprightly oc­to­ge­nar­ian.

They smiled and gen­tly whis­pered, “Your plant’s a veg­e­tar­ian.”

Martin Brown

Alles­ley Park It’s known a high queue Winds up a spi­ral stair­way Sounds like that to me. Jock Brownlee

Wood End

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