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IIt was refreshing to read Alison McGovern’s article, but I’m afraid it was almost too subtle. respect ”, Commentary). How can parliament expect the public to be courteous when it promotes extreme views, insults, drowns the Speaker of the House of Commons, etc. ?

The government encourages extremism by using terms like “traitors” for anyone who disagrees and by failing to correct a press that calls the Supreme Court “an enemy of the people.” The work of the Court is a model of reasoned debate that Parliament may well adopt.

The bullying tactics and foul language of Dominic Cummings or Alastair Campbell can only be permitted by the encouragement or assent of their political masters in the pursuit of power.

Until parliament adopts a real measure of civility and comity, it cannot expect to be freed from extremists. He should pull the straw out of his own eye. Such a change in attitude would be a lasting and meaningful legacy for Jo Cox and Sir David Amess.
David Cannage
Earley reading

I read with interest your editorial (“This sinister act comes amid a toxic change in our politics”) and with the gruesome murder of Sir David Amess, could this indeed be a turning point for gentler politics? and more consensual?

It is disastrous that our MPs face security concerns when they organize surgeries, but they are to be congratulated that the majority do not want to close the hatches and put an end to this very important and democratic transaction between them and their constituents. .

The House of Commons tribute to Sir David was a masterpiece of warmth, friendship and humor from all parties. It was also noted that at PMQs Sir Keir Starmer reflected on this consensual way of doing politics without harsh, loud and counterproductive rhetoric. I feel the public is fed up, social media is feeding off its toxicity and the Prime Minister needs to understand that warm words are not enough.
Judith A Daniels
Cobholm, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The labor trust problem

It is depressing to hear again that the public does not trust Labor for the nation’s finances (“Starmer attacks on austerity do not touch home, report says”, News).

Over the past four decades, there is no evidence that Labor has been worse with deficits and debt than the Tories. Recessions lead to less economic activity, less tax revenue and pressure on the social security budget.

Two of these recessions were overseen by a conservative party. The New Labor recession was caused by the banks but was curtailed by Alistair Darling’s imaginative reflationary policies. David Cameron and George Osborne then stepped in and blew up the recovery with their shock doctrine – austerity – whose effects still persist today. The Labor Party must speak out against these lies or else it is doomed to be jostled by an outrageously biased and malicious right-wing press.
David redshaw
Gravesend, Kent

Johnson’s shame

Fintan O’Toole eviscerated Boris Johnson’s shameful and damaging false grievances over the Northern Ireland Protocol and its shameless ECJ scapegoat (“Faced with chaos and in need of a scapegoat, the Tories seek a fight endless with Europe ”, Commentary).

The Brexit project has always been economically illiterate right-wing fanaticism, much more interested in the operationalization of xenophobia, fictitious sovereignty and as a vehicle to bring Johnson into No.10. Damage to our economy and our company to Brexiters.
Philippe Bois
Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Extremists disguise themselves

Referring to Eva Wiseman’s enlightening article (“The Dark Side of Wellbeing,” Magazine), it is clear that the parallels between “spiritual thinking” and far-right extremist conspiracy theories are shocking.

Time and again, people who vaguely see themselves as leftists or educated liberals promote sinister plots on important issues like vaccines. There are often anti-Semitic connotations to such ideas. Those who push for these dangerous anti-vaccine, anti-media, anti-science, anti-fact programs are never really left or liberal, they are extremists. Extremism takes many forms and must always be combated.
Sebastien Monblat
Sutton, London

Murder in Indonesia

As your report (“Slaughter in Indonesia: Britain’s secret propaganda war”, Special Report) says, the Foreign Office has always claimed that the government had no involvement or advanced knowledge of the mass murders of several hundred thousand people. alleged leftists in Indonesia. This claim was dismantled by revelations from a special black government propaganda unit aimed at inciting violence against the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1965.

Through advocacy, reporting and support to grassroots organizations, Tapol has highlighted the legacy of the killings, including the dangers the military continues to pose to democracy in Indonesia.

Military enterprises are thriving in areas such as West Papua where they have capitalized on the region’s rich logging, planting and mining potential, under the pretext of countering an insurgency by the West Papua armed resistance movement. . At a time when freedom of expression is threatened both online and offline, the military is deploying cyber attacks against human rights defenders and other “enemies”.

In the meantime, the international community, eager to support Indonesia’s narrative as a democratic achievement, is looking the other way.
Steve alston, president of Tapol
London N7

Unionizing sex workers

Whether we approve or disapprove of female sex workers (“Sex Discrimination: Why Banks Avoid Workers in Adult Industries,” Corporations), those involved need as much help and support as possible, given that ‘it has to be one of the most unhealthy and potentially dangerous occupations.

My union, the GMB, has a branch dedicated to the adult entertainment industry. Some members believe that this could encourage prostitution. It’s not. What he does is help protect and support some of the community’s most vulnerable workers, also with his own credit union. As always, the solution for all workers is to work together to protect their interests, regardless of their occupation.
Thomas vaughan, Norwich City Councilor, GMB Branch President
Norwich

Theaters for everyone

The plight of drama schools and their students (“Why Racial and Sexual Battles Now Take Center Stage in Dramatic Schools”, Focus) prompts me to share something that I have been championing for a long time. time.

Our theatrical tradition has had no equal since the 16th century, but it is today inaccessible, marginalized, even unknown to many. We should have professional live theater in every community. The companies would work with children, writers and others eager to participate in the extraordinary past and present of theater. But, as with public libraries, it will take political courage to give the theater the familiarity it deserves to all.
Ian flintoff, former actor of the SRC and the National Theater
Oxford