SIR – Rishi Sunak has been impressive. It was difficult to believe that he had been a registrar for only a few weeks. He had a good knowledge of all areas of spending and taxation and developed convincing arguments, for example on the importance of entrepreneurs.
On the contrary, Jeremy Corbyn had nothing new to say. Conservatives offer hope, while work offers nothing.
SIR – I thought Rishi Sunak had made a wonderful budget speech. I wasn’t able to absorb all the figures, but it was the confidence that exuded and the optimism for everything.
I can’t remember a budget speech with something like his hope. However, he said nothing to encourage me to read John McDonnell’s “fairy tale”, Economics for the Many.
Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
SIR – I saw Jeremy Corbyn’s answer to the budget. He was saying that his colleagues behind were chatting, texting and, at some point, passing a couple of books to sign. Maybe it was a starting gift.
Barrow upon Trent, Derbyshire
SIR – I was surprised that, in their budget responses, Jeremy Corbyn and Ian Blackford (eventually) nagged Boris Johnson for Tory’s past sins.
It seemed that they had lost the incredible political “trick” that he brought out: he claims, and is believed, to lead a new Tory government with no sins to answer for, because it has no connection with the remaining administrations of Cameron and May.
The opposition may consider it unfair, but this is the political fact that they must now face.
SIR – This is Mark Carney’s final offer to create the fate and darkness he warned us about? Lowering interest rates to 0.25 percent will have the greatest impact on the elderly, who rely on their savings and are more likely to be affected by the virus.
SIR – It’s nice that banks are considering mortgage holidays for people affected by the coronavirus – but many people who rent may not be able to pay and the owner can rely on this income.
SIR – The Chancellor confirmed important expenses for rail transport. However, more people will work from home in the future. Obviously there will still be a demand for traditional office space, but it will be smaller than today.
From the situation created by the coronavirus epidemic, it is clear that money must be invested in broadband.
Trace the infection
SIR – I have just returned by plane from a cruise ship with two confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The cruise company that organized the flights says that due to data protection and confidentiality laws, it is not allowed to communicate to me and the other 300 people if the infected passengers were also on our flight. This additional knowledge would be helpful in ascertaining whether we should be tested or not.
Certainly data protection laws should not override the right to remain healthy and prevent further illness.
SIR– There are over six million carers in Britain, many live and take care of those with chronic conditions. It appears that there are no strategies in place if these nurses are infected with the coronavirus and cannot self-isolate themselves for fear of infecting those who care for them.
I contacted the hospitals and a charity. Nobody could offer any real help or advice.
SIR – Expensive home delivery costs in supermarkets have long been a problem for elderly people who live alone.
For example, Sainsbury’s orders between £ 25 and £ 40 have a shipping cost of £ 7. If the order is placed by phone instead of by email, there is an additional charge of £ 2.95.
SIR – I was surprised by your report “Broadband in the UK will fail to cope with millions of people working from home in the coronavirus outbreak” (March 10).
This conclusion seemed to have been made after consulting with some academics, but if you had talked to one of the country’s Internet service providers – who are offering broadband to millions of businesses and homes – you would have found that they are ready to handle the additional bandwidth requests from employees working from home.
President, Association of Internet Service Providers
SIR– Anyone who suggests that the Mediterranean diet (Letters, 11 March) can help prevent coronavirus infection is unaware of the events in Italy or has no idea where Italy is in relation to the Mediterranean.
SIR – In light of his requests to close schools and postpone large meetings, it is Rory Stewart who must be content.
Watch out for the gap
SIR – The letters (11 March) on a rail link, via bridge or tunnel, to Northern Ireland from Scotland, seem to have overlooked a detail. The indicator – the distance between the two rails of the railroad – is 4 feet 8 inches in mainland Britain, while in Ireland it is 5 feet 3 inches.
Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
SIR– After spending four years campaigning for Brexit, I have a garage full of banners, flags, rosettes and flyers. Is it time to create a Brexit memorial museum?
If we act before 31 December, we may even apply for an EU grant.
Dr. Brian Philp
West Wickhan, Kent
SIR – Geraldine Wills (Letters, 11 March) writes about the injustice of railway ticketing policies.
We live in Haworth, about three miles from the nearest Keighley mainline station. To get there to take a train to Leeds and beyond, we often use the reputable Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which connects the same main station (we used it as the first stop on a trip to Panama in January; it works and there is room for luggage).
The railway serves everyone in our valley – over 10,000 people in all (the only alternative is a severely overcrowded road). It is run by enterprising volunteers and does not receive any subsidies, even if it does exactly what a railroad should do: provide a valuable transportation service.
But it cannot operate midweek outside school holidays, so during these times we have to take the bus, which does not take us to Keighley station, but to a specially built terminus about a third of a mile away. We have to walk the rest of the way. Needless to say, the timing of the main trains and buses are not coordinated.
There is a combined rail and road ticket covering the whole county, which attracts a 33% discount if you use your rail card, but which you cannot buy on a bus. Therefore we must purchase a return bus ticket for approximately £ 4 each to reach the railway reservations office, where we purchase a train ticket for our final destination and where we can buy the combined ticket to travel on the same bus. It is in fact cheaper to buy separate tickets for train and bus than a single on the bus and therefore the combined ticket for the return. Complicated? Takes time? Boring? You bet.
The consequence of all this is that we drive instead, which is not what we should or want to do. We have talked to the authorities about this situation for years. They say it is faced by something called “smart ticketing”, but nothing happens.
Haworth, West Yorkshire
SIR – Why buy tomato seeds (Letters, February 25) when all you have to do is collect the seeds from the type of tomato desired, wrap them in the kitchen paper and set them aside?
The following spring, plant the whole batch – even the paper – in a decent sized pot, then plant the resulting seedlings as usual.
D H Todd
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Not all bamboo has impeccable green qualities
SIR – With the latest recognition of the “green” qualities of bamboo fiber on the catwalk at the Coventry Christian Resources exhibition (report, March 5), it is worth mentioning that three possible types of material can be used.
It is hoped that the clerical clothing in evidence is made with traditional but expensive bamboo linen, produced with a stretching process similar to that of obtaining linen from linen or using the closed cycle process or low pollution lyocell, introduced by Courtaulds in the the eighties.
Unfortunately, most of the bamboo fiber is none other than viscose rayon, which as a fiber is ecological and biodegradable but which leaves much to be desired in its use of strong inorganic chemicals such as caustic soda, carbon disulfide and sulfuric acid in the process. of manufacture. These are polluting and can be dangerous to workers’ health. This guy really should be labeled “viscose rayon” – or as in Canada, “rayon from bamboo”.
It’s the noise of wind farms, not just the view
SIR – The visual impact of wind turbines is quite serious. An even bigger problem for local communities, given the growing awareness of how low frequency noise affects health, is the erratic noise of noise from the turbine blades in operation.
If the government is to allow further developments in onshore wind farms (Letters, March 5), all wind farms should demonstrate their compliance with the noise conditions of planning approval after their construction, but before a license is granted for the permanent connection to the national network. All planning approvals should include the mandatory location of permanent monitoring stations in the local area that records all noise emissions from the site.
St Neots, Huntingdonshire
SIR – Experts have discovered that ship noise severely affects crabs (Nature Notes, 10 March). This leads me to wonder what effect the noise of offshore wind farms has, not only on crabs but on all sea creatures around our coast.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
SIR – Professor Michael Jefferson’s request (Letters, March 4) that an onshore wind farm should lose its subsidy if it has a capacity factor of less than 30% lacks logic. Onshore is the cheapest form of energy and the subsidy is lower than the offshore one.
Some offshore fields reach 40%, but are much more expensive to build and maintain.
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