Your letters: Partygate, Holocaust Memorial Day and the RSPCA

I HAVE sent this letter to Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch:

Sue Gray’s report may be heavily constrained but it is nevertheless excoriating of Boris Johnson. He is guilty of serial failures of leadership & judgment (and has clearly misled parliament).

As your constituent I am writing to you to ask you to send a letter to one of the co-chairs of the 1922 Committee stating that you have no confidence in Mr Johnson as Prime Minister.

Whether or not he knew that these were breaches of the rules in place at the time he most certainly does now.

A person of integrity would acknowledge that these occasions took place on their team and on their watch.

He is clearly not a fit person to lead this country.

The facts that I dislike Conservative policies, have and will never vote Conservative are irrelevant.

I have never felt, in the past, that our country’s Government and its leaders have actively lied or deliberately harmed its people.

I do now.

Some extracts from the Gray Report that I find particularly damning:-

“There were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times.”

“Some of the events should not have been allowed to take place. Other events should not have been allowed to develop as they did.”

“Excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time.”

Surely you see that Mr Johnson must go?

N Braithwaite, Headless Cross

REGARDING Church Green West illegal parking.

Can someone clarify whether or not the double yellow lines and the zig zags on the pedestrian crossing are optional or advisory as the amount of cars parked on them 24/7 are making it difficult to drive through.

If they are advisory only then what a complete waste of taxpayers money.

S Jones, Redditch

I WRITE to say how disappointed I was in the Holocaust Memorial Day event in Redditch town center on Saturday.

Where were the children? Where was the sense of community?

All I could see were councilors and their entourages with the MP and young Anna Cardy, who spoke well.

She certainly put the Mayor to shame.

There was also no keynote speaker, surely a must for such an event.

Overall, very disappointed. The children, there must be children, for then they can learn from the mistakes of the past.

Name and Address supplied

I SEE Redditch Borough Councilors have awarded themselves a nice pay rise.

Of course they do a difficult job, giving the go-ahead for housing developments, building a cemetery on green open fields, knocking down the library, raising council tax and then knocking on people’s doors asking them to vote for them again.

It ain’t easy.

I mean, the price of gas is going up, inflation is at its highest for years and then there’s National Insurance too, and they’ve got to make a penny or two to make ends meet, haven’t they?

Pity about the rest of us.

J Wilkes, Greenlands

AS A nation of animal lovers we are calling on readers to speak up for animals to make sure that animal sentience becomes enshrined in UK law.

Animal sentience was the only issue which was not carried over after Brexit and so the RSPCA has been campaigning to ensure the needs of sentient animals are taken into account by governments when making policy decisions.

We are now at a critical stage in the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill finally becoming law as it gets its second reading in the House of Commons this week.

The RSPCA is urging readers to support the Bill by tweeting their local MP to encourage them to attend the debate in the Commons as well as lobbying them MP by email to ensure they continue to support this Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.

We know that many animals are sentient with the ability to feel pain and suffering, and emotions such as pleasure, joy and fear and so in order to protect these animals, their sentience must be considered in law.

A wide and growing body of research reveals that many animals, from our much-loved pets like dogs and cats, to chickens and lobsters, rats and fish, are all sentient beings.

There is already overwhelming support with 86 per cent of people in favor of a law on animal sentience and so we want to ensure that MPs are listening to their constituents and the groundswell of support for this important Bill. Now is the time to speak up for animals and lobby your MP to do the same.

The Government promised this law in its manifesto, it is what the public wants, and it must not be a missed opportunity for animals.

D Bowles, head of public affairs, RSPCA

I READ on your website last week that the Redditch Labor Party have revealed their candidates for May’s local elections.

According to the headline it is ‘time to hold the Tories to account’, but Labor have been in opposition for the past four years, so what on Earth have they been doing in that time. They’ve basically admitted that they’ve not been doing their job.

B Simmons, Redditch

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