DEAR Editor, In my considered opinion, the BBC’s coverage of the Middle East conflict has been completely fair, accurate and unbiased.
It is not without significance that neither reporters nor photographers have been allowed by the Israeli government to report the conflict. “He that walks in the light has no need to fear the light”.
The outbursts of Israeli government ministers, not least the foreign minister, who I understand is an Irgun Zwai Leumi heiress, simply beggar belief.
May I “sound out” Michael Fabricant (MP, Lichfield) on his views in respect of the antics of this particular organisation, also the Stern Gang, during 1945 to 1948 when no fewer than 784 of British service personnel lost their lives? Their crime? Endeavouring to maintain an economically viable and multi-racial Palestine. But international Zionists, as history reveals, had other views!
I recall the callous murders by hanging in an orange grove, of Sergeants Paice and Martin of the Intelligence Core, when a comrade of mine was severally injured when cutting down their booby-trapped bodies. I also recall the vilification of the heroic Major Roy Farran DSO, MC, followed in 1948 by the murder of his civilian brother Rex Farran, in Wolverhampton at the family’s home.
Mr Fabricant may or may not be aware that all of these British troops are remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas quite near the MPs constituency. As is the Palestine Memorial.
I would be interested, as would many ex-service personnel, to hear the condemnation of these crimes against service personnel. Also, I would welcome a more objective appraisal by the Honourable Gentleman in respect of the Middle East massacre of innocents in Gaza by vastly superior Israeli Forces.
retired county councillor,
Anger over Gaza reports
Dear Editor, The BBC coverage of the Israeli full-scale attack (it’s NOT war) on the impoverished Palestinian population is a pathetic attempt to give us a “balanced” news report; but it is not helping peace. The imbalance in their reporting is making many very angry.
The young BBC reporters are failing to give historical background to the Israeli attacks, dating back to 1948, when the Palestinians were ousted from their own country by years of Israeli terrorism and with America’s help.
In the eyes of God and the world, the brutal assault on innocent women and children and on their menfolk, with only stones for ammunition and a few pathetic rockets (moles in my garden are doing more damage) is a humiliating sight for mankind – all of this against modern tanks, planes, helicopters, artillery shells and a modern infantry.
Tony Blair is on another well-paid but failed mission, as peace envoy, appointed by his master Bush, but Blair is able to smile out the failures, providing he gets paid well for them!
I am surprised that he has not suggested in his peace efforts to follow the political policies that he imposed on the UK for 10 years, by making Israel “multicultural” and laws relating to human rights.
He should advocate mass immigration; opening the borders to all; different cultures, races languages and religions; build mosques, churches as well as synagogues.
All of this will help the skill shortage and strengthen the economy of the “new” country. Everybody can live together in peace with one another, inter-marry and integrate.
Another Blair mass immigration programme, futuristically limitless, into this small area in the Middle East, bringing all of the required skills, which help the economy, just as Blair said it would do for us and make OUR economy strong. Like what it is today!
They could rename the two countries “Utopia”. Why hasn’t Blair thought this? Why should he keep his good ideas just for the UK. Whatever else he is doing now and has been doing over this past year (besides dinner speeches and making money) isn’t working. Why, therefore, is he still in the job?
Integration for Israel, just like the UK is the answer for happiness, roses around the door and peace with one’s neighbour. Changing one’s way of life to please another is a small price to pay!
Perhaps Israel wants something different? Like keeping their identity.
The importance of Jaguar Land Rover to this region’s economy
Dear Editor, Firstly may I applaud the Birmingham Post for taking the initiative and calling for action to support Jaguar Land Rover and the UK motor industry at this time.
I would like to record my personal support and that of my organisation for Jaguar Land Rover and offer a different perspective of the company, its importance to so many and the unique place it occupies in the region’s economies and communities.
For over ten years as a member of Business in the Community, Jaguar and Land Rover have played a key role in both contributing and influencing responsible business practice in the region and nationally and have inspired other businesses to get involved through their leadership and practical support.
In 2000 Jaguar Land Rover supported and led a national programme, matched by the DTI, to provide community leaders with senior business managers. Over 3 years 200 community partners were matched with senior business leaders benefitting from each party’s experience becoming more sustainable and effective over the period of the partnership.
Each Jaguar Land Rover site hosts an education and business partnership centre where thousands of pupils from education institutions across the region have been able to visit and learn in a “real work” environment what modern auto engineering and manufacturing is all about. The exemplary work undertaken at these sites has been recognised by Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence programme on three different occasions.
Jaguar Land Rover has never forgotten its roots, ensuring that in Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull and Liverpool, employees are encouraged and supported to offer their expertise and skills to support their local communities. In Foleshill, Castle Vale, Halewood and Chelmsley Wood, schools, community organisations and local events have all benefitted and developed through the support of Jaguar Land Rover and its employees.
But this is not entirely altruistic as they recognise that through these activities their people are developing skills, encouraging employment and revitalising local economies.
Jaguar Land Rover has never accepted that they have a right to exist and have reacted to the challenge presented by the climate change agenda, customer expectations and the marketplace. At our May Day Summit last year they presented the new LRX concept car for 200 delegates to see and hear about the environmental credentials that underpin the investment they are making in new technologies that will address emissions and meet customer expectations.
They have committed to reduce emissions and measure their carbon footprint reporting again on May Day 2009. An £800 million investment programme in environmental technologies will develop new products and new people skills ensuring that they remain competitive and the region prospers.
As you so rightly pointed out in your article they are not looking for bail-out, they are not a washed up company but are a responsible business that plays its part in the region leading many initiatives both industry related and benefitting society, operating in a global market with first class products, a commitment to new technologies and belief in the skills and abilities of its UK workforce.
I am proud to have Jaguar Land Rover as a prominent member of Business in the Community and wholeheartedly support your campaign.
Regional Director, West Midlands