There's lots about the 'global warming' debate that somehow seems not to get discussed. I thought I'd jot down one or two thoughts.
The production of CO2 (1) by the average inhabitant of Chad is about 40 tonnes per year. We in the UK produce about 7,800, and in Australia they produce 17,000 tonnes CO2 per year. 'Relieving World Poverty' is not going to help climate change one bit; in fact we need to cut back ourselves.
One of the most indulgent luxuries we allow ourselves is air travel - a massive producer of CO2. This applies equally to flying in food from abroad and to our foreign holidays. So why on earth are we thinking of building more airports and runways??
In view of the overcrowding of our prisons, it is surely appropriate to review the types of crimes for which imprisonment is appropriate.
Possibly the overwhelming reason is that the offender is a continuing menace to the public. It is difficult to see that it is appropriate for pensioners who protest against their council taxes, or a man who has an obsession for appearing naked.
There are plenty of other, much less expensive (to the state) sanctions available. A fine would serve in the one case, and electronic tagging to curtail wanderlust in the other?
Almost every week we hear about a shortage of nurses in this country. The problem could be solved at trivial cost compared to other government expenditure.
Nursing is an advanced citizenship skill; all of us need to make use of it at some critical time in our lives.
Yet not one political party says that they will double the number of nurse training places, in spite of the vast numbers of applicants. Why not?
I'm Alastair Lack, resident in Coombe Bissett for more than forty years, retired hospital consultant, now webmaster and lecturer in mediaeval studies.