Dear Editor, It is to be expected that any incoming administration will want to define its own priorities and differentiate itself from its predecessor.
It is also entirely reasonable to try to learn from past events, investigate what could have been done differently and examine how processes can be improved (London audit head 'horrified', 9 June).
Politicians on all sides of the London Assembly have no problem with this. Indeed, we would welcome an authoritative, objective assessment.
Readers should be clear, however, that the panel appointed by Boris Johnson and headed up by Patience Wheatcroft is not an impartial or forensic "audit panel". It is simply agroup of Conservative Party politicians and supporters hand-picked by the Mayor without any pretence of open process.
Any findings or conclusions it draws will need to be viewed in this light.
London Assembly Member.
Forget Plan B - where is Plan Z to follow Irish vote on EU?
Dear Editor, "There is no Plan B", said Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
He made the statement weeks before the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Brian Cowen, the Irish Prime Minster repeated this remark not long afterwards.
They were referring to a no vote on the Lisbon Treaty.
In other words, the result of the referendum will be ignored and the treaty ratified.
So much for democracy and the will of the people.
Well, Barroso and Cowen had better prepare for Plan Z then, the European electors will not stand for a hat trick of arrogant treachery.
France first, Holland next and now Ireland. How will they rename the constitution/treaty, agreement? pact?
Many people voted no because they couldn't understand the treaty, hardly surprising, even Government ministers admitted they were baffled by the dangerous document.
Many women voted no because they were fearful of their sons being conscripted into a European army.
Can any Euro enthusiast justify holding a referendum and ignoring the result?
Allcroft Road, Birmingham.
Stop wasting our time and our money
Dear Editor, Last week the people of Ireland had the chance, denied by Mr. Brown to all of us, to give their verdict on the EU Treaty.
Emphatically, they said no. So what did the Eurocrats do? They said "tough -we will carry on regardless." What breathtaking arrogance.
These people ignore democratic decisions, they ignore their own club's rules yet they expect us to go along with them. Our own government is now planning to continue to ratify the Treaty which is now technically dead.
This is madness. If Gordon Brown will not give the British people our say, he should at least stop wasting parliamentary time and public money. That at least will send a message to the Eurocrats that democratically elected governments listen to the votes cast by the people.
Tamworth Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman
What happened to Britain?
Dear Editor, Once again this government along with previous postwar governments are demonstrating their contempt of the British Merchant Navy and its personnel by not presenting them with a lapel badge for their gallant efforts during the Second World War. It took 50 years to get a Merchant Navy Memorial Day on September 3rd.
It took decades before they would let those heroes on the 'Russian Hell Run' receive the medals that the Russians wished to present them with then only to be told that they could not wear them. Good luck to all our serving and past members of our armed forces, rightly so they should receive a lapel badge. But why has it again taken so long?
Further more what is happening to our Britishness? We can no longer call ourselves English. England does not exist in the European Union of Regions 'EU' language. I live in area No 9 not Derbyshire.
There is a movement within the British Regions to remove our war memorials to less obvious places. That great symbol of British Imperial Power, installed all over the empire, is being quietly removed on the pretext that it does not pay. It is made of iron, will last 100 years or more with little maintenance costs. I refer of course to our red telephone boxes.
How long before the red double-decker and lions in Trafalgar Square disappear?
Former British Merchant Navy, Ships Senior Engineer Officer,
Appeal for veterans
Dear Editor, The British Korean Veterans Association is trying to contact former members of HM Armed Forces who served in Korea/Japan from 1950-53 and also those servicemen who served in these two places at a later date with the Peace Keeping Force 1953-57.
This appeal includes former members of the Merchant Navy, NAFFI, Red Cross and WRVS.
Any interested veteran should contact me at the address below. An SAE would be much appreciated for return correspondence.
Thank you in anticipation.
Brian Hough ESQ
ex Kings Liverpool Regiment, National Recruitment Officer 116 Fields Farm Road, Hattersley, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 3NP.