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The Reader: The tragedies of Sir David Amess and Jo Cox must never be repeated

·5-min read
A police officer arranges flowers and tributes outside Belfairs Methodist Church (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
A police officer arranges flowers and tributes outside Belfairs Methodist Church (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

The Queen is right to be irritated by climate inaction

In voicing her frustration over the progress, or more correctly lack thereof, in the lead-up to the Cop26 summit which starts in Glasgow on October 31 — arguably the most important global conference ever held — the Queen spoke for us all.

Watching the laissez-faire attitude of world leaders over the past few decades to the threat facing the world — precipitated by mankind’s abuse of the planet and its resources — has been like watching a whole battalion of Neros fiddling while Rome burns. When will world leaders understand that as costly, inconvenient and uncomfortable as life will become as we try to reverse or at least halt the climate change catastrophe, it is a small price to pay when compared with what this fragile globe will face if they continue to stick their heads in the sand in the hope that the problem will just go away?

Robert Readman

Dear Robert,

The Queen’s off-the-cuff words last week, that it is “really irritating” when world leaders “talk but don’t do”, echoed the feelings of many who feel frustrated in the face of repeated failures from governments worldwide on climate change. None of the largest greenhouse gas-emitting countries have made sufficient plans to lower pollution. All eyes will be on the UK, the host of Cop26, to lead the way in providing bold plans to rectify these failures. 

Emma Loffhagen, Comment writer

We can’t leave climate for next generation to fix

At his visit to Kew Gardens with school children, Prince William called upon society to inspire “optimism, confidence and enthusiasm” in the next generation to find solutions to protect the earth. How much longer will we have to wait before parents and grandparents finally admit that 

It is not the next generation that has to find solutions. It is us — we must do it. It is our comfortably numb inaction that has led to this now rapidly deteriorating world situation.

We really must wake up and realise that it is we who have to stop passing the buck to our children and grandchildren. The time for comprehensive and emphatic action is now – in what is left of this present decade. It is not something that we can dump on our nice, caring kids to learn in school, while we continue to sit back and relax in the arms of business-as-usual. It is precisely our sleepwalking and selfishness that is causing this destruction. 

Dave Rowsell

The tragedies of Sir David Amess and Jo Cox must never be repeated

Understandably, after an attack on yet another MP, people are calling for greater security for public servants. However, this is not enough. We need to teach people to be more tolerant of those they disagree with, whoever they are, and especially public servants of all parties. Otherwise society as we know it will break down. 

Jonathan Longstaff

This is such a sad loss to Essex county. No man or woman deserves to lose their life whilst doing a job they love. This man was a decent soul, a true pioneer and fighter for his local community. Rest easy Sir David Amess.

Paul Cartwright

After the brutal killing of Sir Davis Amess MP parliamentarians should not resort to zoom meetings with constituents but be given discreet police protection while holding their surgeries. It is a reality that times have changed so MPs have to adapt to it. The tragedies of Jo Cox and Sir David Amess must never be repeated.  

Dominic Shelmerdine

How has this been able to happen again? I thought because of the murder of Jo Cox that certain practices were in place to prevent it ever happening again. My deepest condolences go out to everyone concerned. 

Tony Matthews

When anyone is murdered, there are so many lives destroyed. That includes all who were close to all of the parties. When I hear of young people committing murder, as well as empathy for the victim and their loved ones, I always feel the same for the parents of the perpetrator. It must be hugely shocking to learn that your child has done something like this, and it’s something I’m sure you’d never be able to come to terms with. 

Perhaps in exceptional cases the perpetrator’s parents are at fault, but mostly I’d imagine they’re horrified, traumatised, disbelieving, filled with fear and grief and utter confusion. We aren’t the keepers of our adult children - any of us who have children know that. 

Janet Saunders

Fifa must get serious on hooliganism

Fifa should be clamping down on Hungary so their spectators are taught to behave like fans rather than hooligans. Ban the fans for several matches and if it happens again when they return, deduct points. If it continues, they should be excluded from finals even if they qualify. Time to get serious instead of gesturing punishments.

Peter Reeves

There is an argument to be made for nuclear power

There is a controversial argument to be made for the creation of new nuclear power stations as an interim solution in conjunction with renewables if Britain is to become more self-sufficient in energy and reducing our carbon footprint. Nuclear power is totally compatible with the broader project to decarbonise our economy. 

As of 2020, 47% of our electricity is imported from France. However, Brexit tensions may put this at risk, as well as this country being vulnerable to price shocks. Recently, the UK has had to fire up its two recently dormant coal plants to increase energy production which will emit more carbon into the atmosphere. For the UK to become more self-sufficient, our country needs a new generation of domestically built nuclear power stations. 

Oliver Steward

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