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Letters: Months of following the rules – and now a raft of petty new measures

A man in a mask emerges from Bank tube station
Credit: simon dawson/bloomberg

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户SIR – First we were told that the purpose of the draconian lockdown was to save the NHS from being overwhelmed by coronavirus. The NHS was not overwhelmed.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Then we were told that the lockdown had to continue in order to flatten the curve. The curve flattened and declined.

Now, however, are being told that many of the pettifogging restrictions must continue, and we may have to revert to full measures in order to prevent a second spike in cases. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three times, shame on me.

David Saunders
Sidmouth, Devon

SIR – Was anyone surprised to see large crowds jostling on the beach at Bournemouth and elsewhere? Surely politicians could see this coming.

With a third of the working population bored on furlough, the teaching unions stopping parents sending children to school and the arrival of the hottest days of the year, people were bound to go to the seaside. Why weren’t preparations made?

Richard Fothergill
Windermere, Cumbria

 

SIR – I can understand those flocking to enjoy our beaches. When depressed I always head for the sea. There is also the feeling that this is the new normal, so we might as well get on with life.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户However, the current situation is not the new normal: it is a holding position until a vaccine is developed and administered. Hopefully that point is not a long way off.

If everybody appreciated this, with the help of clear guidance by the Government, they might think twice before behaving so irresponsibly.

Christopher Lambert
Tadworth, Surrey

SIR – I am shielding, and have followed the Government’s advice to the letter.

My only wish is to be able to spend time with my grandchildren on 
 August 1, to celebrate my grandson’s second birthday. I despair of my chances when I see the selfish behaviour of people on beaches, as well as those throwing parties and flouting social distancing.

I feel betrayed by my fellow citizens.

Margaret Gash
Newmarket, Suffolk

 

SIR – It is high time the Government realised that there is a huge difference between indoor pools and lidos.

Indoor pools may well be hothouses for germs, and changing rooms are often cramped. Lidos pose fewer risks. Swim England has suggested some restrictions to ensure that there are not too many on site or in the water 
at once.

Swimming is beneficial to physical and mental health, and a good way to take outdoor exercise. Instead of jumping into reservoirs and canals – and overcrowding beaches – people need to be given the option of swimming in Britain’s wonderful lidos.

Fiona Wild
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

A Church in decline

SIR – During the pandemic, many people have reconnected with their Christian faith. Others might have turned to Christ for the first time – but the Church of England has turned its back. During lockdown we could visit an off-licence, but church doors were locked, even for private prayer.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The Church’s leadership has congratulated itself on its use of Zoom to hold services. But it is marking its own homework. Many worshippers don’t attend these, either because they lack decent broadband or the required IT skills, or because they see them as such thin gruel. Most of us are weary of being told by “woke” bishops that we are responsible for the slave trade, are racists, xenophobes, homophobes.

The Church has created a perfect doom-cycle. Driving worshippers away has led to plunging revenues, fewer priests and fewer services. Closures of rural churches, inevitably the next stage in the cycle, will see numbers decline even faster.

Kevin Fiske
Umberleigh, Devon

 

Save Swansea’s lagoon

SIR – Your report on “shovel-ready infrastructure projects that could turbocharge the economy” made prescient reference to Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The lagoon is ready to roll. It will generate thousands of jobs and apprenticeships, revive and sustain blighted supply-chain industries, deliver green energy and “level-up” the country. Yet it is under threat because officials at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy refuse to sign off on the decommissioning plan required to allow work to start 
on-site by June 30. This must happen in order to preserve planning consent. As they seem determined to adhere to the flawed decisions of the previous administration, these officials are blocking the scheme.

As Britain strives to rebuild, nothing is more important than replacing lost jobs and creating new ones. More than 1,000 businesses in the engineering, steel and concrete sectors have registered to provide parts, skills and expertise to the project. These companies stand to benefit from at least £800 million of manufacturing orders this year. Around 84p in every pound invested will be spent in Britain – rather than in China or France, as with nuclear and wind alternatives.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户As supporters of Swansea Bay, believers in innovation, business leaders and trade unionists, we call on ministers to ensure the project goes ahead. It will be a missed opportunity, and a dereliction of duty, if they fail.

Roger Evans
Tidal Lagoon Industry Advisory Board

Andrew Gatenby
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Director, Allerton Steel

J G Brown
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 CEO, Francis Brown Ltd

Jonathan Lamb 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 CEO, BEL Engineering 

Mark Howell 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Engineering Sales Director, Goodwin International Ltd 

Nick Revell 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Managing Director, Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Ltd 

Roger Bamford 
Managing Director, ESM Power

Sophie Howe 
Future Generations Commissioner for Wales 

Peter Hughes 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Regional Secretary, Unite Wales 

Ed Evans 
Director and Secretary, Civil Engineering Contractors Association 

Simon Hamlyn 
CEO, Tidal Range Alliance, British Hydropower Association 

David Stevens 
Chief Executive, Admiral Group plc 

Gill Lock 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 GKL Consulting 

Adrian French 
Director of Planning (Energy and Infrastructure), WYG/Tetra Tech

Alister Kratt 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Director, LDA Design

Milicia Kitson 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Chief Executive, Construction Excellence Wales 

Ruth Brady 
President, Wales TUC 

Keith Jones 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Director, Wales Institution of Civil Engineers

Shavanah Taj 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 General Secretary, Wales TUC 

Mark Bowen 
Managing Director, Andrew Scott Ltd 

Russell Scaplehorn 
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Managing Director, Hornbill 

 

The artist’s view

SIR – Lucy Davies refers to Jan Siberechts’s painting, View of Nottingham from the East, from 1695.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Just one mile east of Nottingham city centre, there is a lovely park at Colwick Woods. At a secluded spot, there is a viewpoint overlooking the city that is believed to be where Siberechts completed his painting.

Here you can see a reproduction of the painting, together with a visual display board describing the sights across the city and beyond. Three hundred years of development have changed the scene, of course, but the castle, St Mary’s church and Wollaton Hall beyond can easily be identified, along with the distant hills.

Steve Wright
Nottingham

 

Broadband monopoly

SIR – We live in the north Cotswolds and have a broadband contract with BT (Letters, June 21). Our service has always been slow, but over the last six months it has become slower still. Even with a new router, we get a signal only 5-10 per cent of the time. Consequently, we have to buy extra data through our mobile provider.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Last weekend, having briefly found a BT signal at 11pm, I tested the line to discover that the download speed was 0.28 Mbps and the upload speed 0.00 Mbps. A shocking service – yet BT tells me that our system is fine.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户It is impossible to work from home, or to enjoy the arts and entertainment made available online to improve lockdown life. The situation will only change once there are real alternatives to the Openreach monopoly.

Alan Green
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Liberty after Brexit

SIR – James Crisp’s report about possible compromises in the Brexit negotiations regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is alarming.

If the Boris Johnson administration thinks there can be any compromise on matters directly affecting individual liberty, it betrays the very principles it purports to uphold.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户As any lawyer worth his salt will attest, the ECHR affords the British people less protection against false accusation, arbitrary arrest and wrongful imprisonment than our own common law, simply because neither the ECHR nor any of the continental jurisdictions in its membership embodies the fundamental principles implicit in our long-established law of habeas corpus, which itself is directly negated by the EAW.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户It is wrong-headed to prioritise trade negotiations above all else when it is so clearly demonstrated that the greatest stimulant to economic success worldwide is individual freedom.

Christopher Gill
Aberdyfi, Merionethshire

 

Tripped up

SIR – Having been tying my shoelaces for the last 60 years, I am bemused by how often modern flat laces manage to undo themselves, while the more traditional round laces hold strong.

Does anyone know why, or what can be done? I am too young for Velcro but not too old to bend.

Nicholas Crean
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Cultural elitists still look down on the circus

A delicate balance: Cardiff’s NoFit State Circus at the Roundhouse in January Credit: alamy

SIR – Dominic Cavendish’s concern2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 for the future of the circus and its performers during and after this pandemic struck a chord with me.

I have always considered circus to be one of the performing arts, worthy of the same attention as theatre, ballet and opera. However, unlike most other countries, Britain seems to devalue circus.

This was brought home to me in the early Eighties when, as a member of the National Museum Directors’ Conference, I attended a meeting with David Mellor, the minister for the newly created Department of National Heritage, to discuss its strategy.

At the time the Roundhouse, in Camden, north London, was lying derelict, with no plans for its future use. I suggested to Mr Mellor that it could become a training venue and winter quarters for a national circus company. His response was dismissive, and he suggested that I approach the Sports Council. We do not seemed to have moved very far in the intervening 40 years.

Dr Michael A Fopp
Soulbury, Buckinghamshire

 

The elected president of five million Londoners

SIR – Tom Welsh asks: “Is it time to scrap the Mayor of London”? He tries to play the institution, not the man, but his distaste for the current mayor’s policies and positions shines through.

London’s mayoralty has not been perfect, but it has seen as many successes as failures: London introduced a pioneering congestion charge, won and hosted a fabulous Olympic and Paralympic Games, and remains a magnet for overseas investment at a time when Britain’s reputation has taken a battering.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户None of these successes can be attributed solely to London’s mayors, any more than rising crime levels and a persistent housing crisis can be blamed on them alone. But the three mayors have acted as a powerful voice for the capital and as agents of change.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The Prime Minister was a big champion of urban government when he was mayor, and the mayoralty remains popular with Londoners.

British cities remain very weak by international standards. But they play a vital role in our economy, and we all benefit when they have leaders with the powers to tackle transport, planning, skills, environmental and other problems.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户It is true that our hugely centralised funding system has all too often reduced mayors elected by five million Londoners to the role of supplicants to central government. But the solution to this is through local control and reform of dysfunctional property taxes, rather than abandoning a “devolution experiment” that has only just started.

Richard Brown
Deputy Director, Centre for London
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 London EC1