Letters: Liberal Democrats’ victory was all about Nimbyism | Liberal Democrats
Andrew Rawnsley says the Lib Dems won the Chesham and Amersham by-elections because constituents in the constituency viewed them as a refreshing change from Johnson’s incompetence and lies. Dems to tear down the blue wall ”, Comment). The reality is that the Buckinghamshire nimbys voted Lib Dem in the belief that they would defeat the proposed changes to the planning rules proposed by the Tories. They don’t give a damn about Johnson’s ethics as long as their homes don’t go down in value. Oddly, the next general election will be won by the party promising to build the fewest houses.
Andrew Rawnsley urges the Lib Dems to win over the Soft Tories in the Blue Wall. Shouldn’t they also be trying to recruit some of the main Liberal Conservative politicians, such as Dominic Grieve, David Gauke and Justine Greening, who have been shunned by the current regime? There is a strong 19th-century precedent in the advance of the Peelites, who inhabited a wilderness after the corn laws were repealed, until 1859 when they teamed up with the Whigs and Radicals to become the liberal party. Along with Gladstone, they formed a significant part of the Liberal government of 1868 and presumably called for a Conservative Voting Liberal constituency.
Swim with care
Will Coldwell’s article on free swimming fails to address a crucial aspect – the impact on nature (“In at the Deep End: Activist Diving Into the Wild Swimming Campaign,” The Observer Magazine). Rivers, streams, lakes and, to a lesser extent, reservoirs are home to many animals and plants with very specific habitat needs, and many of them are endangered species.
The wild-swimming campaign needs to think carefully, proactively and collectively – for example, selecting sites with due regard to vulnerable species and locations (which means learning more about them and reporting them within the community). ), establish a code of conduct for people living in and around the water and monitor the impact of wild swimming on the ecology (assessment of sites before diving and study of the impact; perhaps work with County Wildlife Trusts). Otherwise, it will just be rave cultivation in the water, and nature, as usual, will pay the price for human self-indulgence.
Burnt wood, Staffordshire
Antisocial? No, overcrowded
I have been a community mediator for many years and have come to realize that the anger and frustration that often causes neighbors to behave in ‘anti-social’ ways is a combination of overcrowding, poor quality social housing, and unsuccessful streets. ‘were never intended to be stocked with cars, bicycles and large wheelie bins (“Loud neighbors cause 67% increase in police complaints,” News). Paper-thin walls and the trend of laminate flooring are a toxic combination when a little sound deadening carpet would be more effective and cheaper than sending antisocial behavior agents to insist that harassed parents ‘strive to keep their little ones quiet in the middle of the night. Young adults still at home are fighting with neighbors for space to park their cars in front of a house on a street that was never intended for families with three or four cars.
Of course, there is genuine anti-social behavior, but much of the anger and frustration that overflows when too many people and their possessions are crammed into already crowded spaces is often more about poverty and social deprivation. that bad behavior. Richer people in single-family homes can avoid their neighbors behind high fences, install security cameras, and park their cars off the road. “Leveling” has many facets.
The plague did not cause famine
For an article in which the author clearly calls for more factual nuance in regulation, it is surprising that Nick Talbot is promoting the myth that the famine of the 1840s in Ireland was caused by potato late blight (” Science can save agriculture Relaxing gene editing should be just the start ”, Commentary). No, this is not the case. The plague destroyed the staple food of the poor, but the famine was largely caused by land reform failures, absent landowners and a disinterested British government that continued to export other food out of the country , reflecting its commitment to laissez-faire economic policies.
Conor Niall O’Luby
I have to take issue with Jay Rayner’s comments on bechamel and cauliflower cheese (“Bechamel is the classic recipe I can never do,” Observer Food Monthly). Cauliflower, whole or in florets, should of course never be boiled, or even pre-boiled. It makes it soggy. Five minutes in the top of a steamer will leave the florets cooked, crispy, full of flavor and ready for Jay’s or his wife’s bechamel sauce.
Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire
Your article indicates that up to half of travelers are now unaware of the requirement to wear masks on the tube (“To hide or not to hide? Opinion divided underground”, News). If only half could do it. On my daily journeys through London, the boredom is relieved by counting those who follow the rules: the overground and the Jubilee Line handle around 40% compliance, while the Essex exception on the Shenfield-Liverpool trains Street only experiences a 20% turnout. Compliance falls on weekends.
Knowing when to stop
What a splendid article by David Mitchell (“The fine print says you’ll never win,” the New Review). My partner and I, a same-sex couple, were intimidated out of sheltered housing. We have lost confidence, peace of mind and a lot of money. A local group advised us to take the case to court and had promised financial assistance as well as legal counsel.
However, because our health was affected, we decided to drop everything and sell and go. Since then, many people have said that we should have pursued the case and tried to get compensation. So it was great to read David Mitchell’s article. Please let her know how much it helped.
Sylvia Daly and Maggie Redding
This is what I call bad luck
BB King had “a mumps attack as a child, causing concomitant swelling of his testicles, which were also gored by a ram on a farm, while other damage was caused by a sexually transmitted disease” ( “Father of 15… but were one of the blues star BB King’s descendants?”, News). No wonder he sang Everyday I Have the Blues.