Dear Editor, I was stunned to read the email you published from Tony Levy (May 6) regarding a fuel boycott. Frankly I couldn't have been more surprised if you had printed a scam email from a director of an African bank asking you for funds to release $23,000,000.
The letter is just a rehash of a much propagated boycott email. Those of your readers who want to check this can go to snopes.com.
But assuming Mr Levy is genuine, and perhaps just a little gullible, here are some of the many reasons why his planned boycott would never work:
Firstly the boycott plan assumes that we all go on buying the same amount of petrol, just from different outlets.
If, as planned we rotate the boycott then all a petrol station has to do is to wait a week to gain additional sales from the boycotted brand. No loss of money at all.
Secondly, it would be almost impossible to coordinate the action.
Thirdly, it makes assumptions about where the profit for the oil companies is. Is the profit all from the retail side (downstream)? Or is the profit upstream, at the refineries or the extraction and exploration stages?
We have to face facts - oil is a scarce resource. We can pretend that its all the fault of the greedy oil companies or 'faceless' government (I'm assuming that Mr Levy didn't notice that there were local elections last week - perhaps he doesn't read The Post too closely) - but unless we start using drastically less oil and gas the price will keep rising.
In the meantime, I strongly suggest to Mr Levy that for the sake of his bank balance he ignores the email from that African bank....
DUNCAN ROSS, Kings Norton
Labour ignores wise counsel
Dear Editor, During the Labour Party's deputy-leadership contest John Cruddas marked out a series of themes wherein Labour could and must regenerate itself in office, but in that by his micromanagement Gordon Brown has alienated group after group of natural allies, not only has his wise counsel been ignored but actually been contradicted.
It is by no means axiomatic that every ten years or so there must be a change of government and that the incumbent is exhausted. If closely examined there is barely a hairs difference between the main parties - which astonishingly the Lib Dems have utterly and bizarrely failed to exploit because of their own brand of petty, touchy-feely, economic conservativism, by such measures as removing the upper-limit 50p tax band.
Without a serious reappraisal by the centre-left to possibly include a move towards PR we will inherit a centre-right government which will become entrenched in an anti-European English bloc across the south and will see the break-up of the UK.
BILL HAYMES, Coventry
Poor choice of an adviser
Dear Editor, It's instructive that the first decision of Boris Johnson as London Mayor is the appointment of Barclays Bank investment boss, Bob Diamond as an adviser.
As his bank goes begging to the taxpayer, billions of pounds have been lost due to poor investment decisions.
Managers ought to feel the pain of their actions rather than pick up a wage that is 75 times that of the Governor of the Bank of England.
Such is the judgment of Mayor Johnson that this is about the worst choice of someone to look after public money. Did anyone say 'Lucky London'?
STEVE KIRKHAM, Kings Heath
Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee of Midlands Today are very pleasant people, separately.
Why though, at the end of every news item do they both talk at the same time?
Neither apologise, and both carry on merrily, so it is impossible to understand what they are saying.
They then grin winningly at the camera as much as to say "aren't we charming?"
No, dear people, you are not charming, you are childish.
Why does the studio director allow it, is there one?
Where are the Millens? Any connection with the Midlands?
JAMES BENTON, Birmingham
Verbal rubbish on the subject of politics
Dear Editor, I wondered how long it would be before the odious Peter Mandelson put his head above the parapet. True to form, the arch-Stalinist has done it again - this time attacking Gordon for getting back on the Labour radar.
Sorry, Mandy, but your verbal rubbish (Post, May 9) only goes to show how little you know about politics.
It was the crooked publisher Robert Maxwell who founded the New Labour cuckoos. This was the price the Labour leadership was prepared to pay in order for Cap'n Bob to bail out the party.
Second, we don't elect governments in the UK, we sack them. The only reason why Phoney Tony Blair won was because he wasn't John Major. Had John Boy gone to the country instead of accepting the absurd "stalking horse" leadership challenge, Blair would have been lucky to have won with a 20 seat majority. Had Tarzan or Ken Clarke been elected leader, history would be very different today.
Third, the real reason why there has been a lot of fuss over the proposed abolition of the 10p income tax rate - something the Blairites agreed with a year ago - is that these opportunities and self-seekers would rather sacrifice decent hardworking Labour councillors than accept that New Labour is way pas its sell-by date.
Most of the attacks on Gordon have been orchestrated by New Labour in a dangerous bid for power. If these clowns force Gordon to an early election, it will be David Cameron who will be entering No 10 for two or three terms, not which ever suit Mandy fancies.
Blair once said that Labour won't have grown up until it accepted Mandy; he should have said that Labour will only grow up when it bans all members of the Communist Party from its ranks.
CHRIS YOUETT, Coventry