If eco-protesters sue the police, let’s sue them!
I AM amazed that the High Court has ruled that banning the Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstration was unlawful (Mail).
The implications and costs to the police are enormous at a time when they need the money to tackle knife crime and burglaries.
If the protesters sue the Met, what is to stop people and businesses who lost a lot of money during the weeks of demos in turn suing the activists?
The inconvenience caused to commuters who were trying to get to work was incalculable.
I am certainly not saying that you can’t demonstrate, just that it should be done in such a way that it doesn’t impact on other people’s lives and businesses.
I don’t see how XR’s disruptive tactics did much good to its cause. Its antics lost a great deal of support from the public.
Don’t protesters realise they are preaching to the converted? Most of us are doing our best to tackle climate change by making changes in our day-to-day lives.
They should be demonstrating in other countries that don’t have policies to tackle global warming, but perhaps they fear they wouldn’t be treated as fairly as they are in Britain. HAZEL PIMM, clevedon, Somerset.
The XR High Court ruling could lead to up to 400 protesters getting compensation totalling £2million. The law is an ass. Those who disrupted the public right to go to work will get paid for doing so – and have been give the green light for more demonstrations.
The cost to taxpayers of these demonstrations was in excess of £31million. Unless this legal ruling is revoked the public will decide enough is enough and will turn on the demonstrators.
cLARK cROSS, Linlithgow, West Lothian
We must never forget
AS A former soldier, I wear my poppy with pride and will stand silent for two minutes at 11am today. On Remembrance Sunday, I watched with pride and gratitude the veterans, who gave so much and endured unimaginable hardship defending this country, as they marched past the Cenotaph. What a contrast to the cosseted youth of today with their flapping jazz hands, safe spaces, offence counselling, gender neutrality, risk assessments and lack of stoicism.
ANGUS LONG, Newcastle upon Tyne.
I DO not concur with claims that junior doctors now work significantly fewer hours. I have seen my son-in-law work 84-hour weeks split between 12-hour day shifts and 12-hour night shifts.
My daughter works part-time – two and a half days then 24-hour night shifts at weekends. Sometimes she also has a 12-hour day shift within this arrangement.
Time has also to be allocated to study in pursuit of achieving career goals. Doctors dropping on their feet with exhaustion does not beget good patient care.
My family have children. They have a right to a family life. The European Working Time Directive was a force for good. Children as well as patients require nurturing. I do not know of any other profession or job where so much is expected of individuals. It is a modern form of slavery.
JAcqUELINE WYLLIE, vie e-mail.
HERE we go again: the rail and postal unions want to inconvenience the public by calling strikes in the run-up to Christmas.
I don’t believe it’s really about money or safety, but about politicising their grievances and whipping up the public against the Government.
People won’t be able to travel to see their families at Christmas, cards won’t be delivered and children won’t get their presents.
It says it all when a spokesman for the postal union said they couldn’t delay their action until January because the strike needed to have maximum impact. MIKE cATTERALL, Accrington, Lancs.
I VOTED for Labour’s Harold Wilson with my first vote in the mid-60s. For almost 50 years I backed the party, hesitating only in the Michael Foot era.
No more. The coming of Jeremy Corbyn and his extremist gang changed all that. So I am in complete sympathy with those former Labour MPs who now suggest that disillusioned Labour voters should opt for Boris Johnson on December 12.
Equally, I would vote for any party, anywhere, anytime, which would help end the electoral stranglehold the SNP has on Scotland. In these cases the ends do indeed justify the means. ALExANDER McKAY, Edinburgh
I AM sorry for the loss of Mothercare from our high streets (Mail).
When I was having my babies, it was the only place to go. I got all my baby essentials there and my 42-year-old daughter still has the teddy bear bought for her in our local store.
But the world has moved on and now new parents can get everything they need from the supermarket or online. That, along with the extortionate cost of parking, will hasten the downfall of even more high street names. Mrs c. BEESLEY, colchester, Essex.
Up in the air
I AGREE that Ryanair is ‘Plane Greedy’ (Mail). When my wife and I flew from Bristol to Ibiza to visit family, we didn’t pay extra to reserve seats. We were seated two rows apart on the way out and 17 rows apart on the way back.
We both had an empty seat next to us on each flight.
STUART PARKIN, Newquay, cornwall. AMONG the many exploitative add-ons to Ryanair’s basic fares, one of the most unfair is the £55 fee for not checking in online at least two hours before departure time. This discriminates against those without access to the internet.
ROB LOWE, colwyn Bay, conway.