Men of honour are needed to lead Blues
Dear Editor, From a fan's point of view the situation at our beloved club is a disgrace.

I believe that Steve Bruce, as a man of honour, was left with no choice but to leave our club. He has been used as a pawn by the present board to destabilise the club and hasten Carson Yeung's takeover.

Our owners want to leave us with their profits in their bank accounts to pursue their own agendas with another football club as soon as possible. Nobody really knows Mr Yeung's current financial situation but he wants the takeover in his time to suit his agenda but he has shown good faith with a £15million deposit (not a small amount for anybody). I am glad he is refusing to be bullied by our present owners (we need a strong owner to prosper).

Our present owners only need to look across the city to Aston Villa to see how to sell a club, Villa supporters should build a shrine to Mr Ellis who always had Villa's best interest at heart (it pains me to admit this).

Our present crop of players now have the opportunity to prove they are strong and professional and not weak. Will they be heroes or Villains - only time will tell.

No manager worth his salt will come to our club until this situation is sorted out. I thank the present board for their past commitment (for which they will be well rewarded) but if they had not come in someone else would have and who knows where we would be now.

I ask the board now. Be men of honour, and sort out this contrived mess because if you do not, the loss of dignity and honour will follow you wherever you go.
 PAUL STRACH, Great Barr, Birmingham

Brown the prophet has lost our trust
Dear Editor, Gordon Brown and his prophets obviously have had a vision, denied to the majority of us mere mortals, that identity cards will solve all of our government-made problems of terrorism, illegal immigration, benefit fraud etc, and the more this ID card data system costs us, the better it will work.

Gordon Brown, after all of his failures, is still pleading for us to have trust in him; all our private information will be safe in his hands. Safe and secure...

The problem is, having spent all of this money and giving him our trust and placing us, exposed on a disc, for any hacker to hack; Brown and his prophets will be gone, with our trust.

This is not just democracy; this is Gordon Brown democracy.
 DOUGLAS J WATHEN, Salford Priors, Nr Evesham

Mason sculpture will have its home in the new year
Dear Editor, I write in response to the letter from Geoffrey Oakley concerning the sculpture Tragedy in the North by Raymond Mason in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

In common with every other large municipal museum in Britain, we have never been in a position to display Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery's entire collection of objects and artefacts on a permanent basis.

The size and quality of the art collection make it necessary to rotate and redisplay the works of art on a regular basis to ensure that the public have an opportunity to see and enjoy many aspects of it. At almost three metres square, Tragedy in the North is one of the largest works in the collection.

However, when it is not on display at the museum, we have ensured that it remains on open display at the new Museums Collection Centre where it can be seen for free by members of the public, either by appointment or on our very popular MCC open days.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery aims to ensure that the public have as much as access as possible to these nationally acclaimed collections.

Through the temporary exhibitions programme, rotating gallery displays, community outreach and inreach projects, and Museum Collection Centre open days and independent visits, more works than ever before are being displayed and made accessible to the people of this city. By rotating the displays we are able to refresh the exhibits and encourage repeat visits.

Those who, like Mr Oakley, admire Raymond Mason's work will be pleased to know that Tragedy in the North will be part of a redisplay of the Modern British collection at the Museum & Art Gallery early in the New Year.

It will also feature in a temporary exhibition in BMAG's Waterhall gallery in November 2008 celebrating the work of major Birmingham born and trained artists since 1940.

The display will include Mason's original model for the destroyed Forward public statue, the memory of which still haunts the empty base in Centenary Square. 
 RITA McLEAN, Head of Museums  & Heritage Services

Best of luck to Arthur
Dear Editor, It was interesting to see Arthur Lockwood's picture of our wire rope dispatch bay in The Birmingham Post on Tuesday.

I well remember his arrival at the works enquiring whether he could paint the factory and my telling him it was a job our employees did when we were short of work!

He went on to paint about 20 pictures of Latch & Batchelor and a similar number of our wire mill, Webster & Horsfall. I wish him every success with his book.

It was also reassuring to see our works described as a "run-down metal bashing" industry as it is usually referred to in far less flattering terms.
 GUY HORSFALL, Managing Director

Throw EU back in to the sea
Dear Editor, So British trawlermen have to throw back 60 percent of their cod back in the sea, to comply with EU quotas on how much fish we keep and how much we throw away.

What a terrible waste, and what such lunacy. The world's cod stocks are falling, and the price of fish so high. Who can justify the criminal waste of food?

Can anyone think of a better reason for Britain leaving the European Union? Apart of course from the usual Europhiles.
 JAMES BENTON, Birmingham