Dear Editor, What is going on at Edgbaston? George Dobell’s illuminating story on the latest difficulties at the club following on from last year’s car parking dispute, is another case of bad management.
The most ridiculous aspect of the club’s lack of care and attention to its supporters must be the chief executive taking his holiday in the middle of the cricket season.
As someone connected with the club for nearly 40 years as sports photographer with the Birmingham Post & Evening Mail, I never heard of Les Deakins, Alan Smith or David Heath taking a summer holiday.
Perhaps the committee at the club have noticed that Jim Cumbes has left Lancashire as chief executive. Jim was a very popular cricketer and footballer for Albion and Villa land Worcestershire and was for a few years on the commercial staff at Edgbaston.
I would think now is the time to give Colin Povey a long holiday and get Jim Cumbes and his management skills to work for Warwickshire as they have done at Lancashire.
Harwood Grove, Solihull.
Dear Editor, I am not surprised that cricket has joined the whingeing and blame fraternity in England... it was inevitable. I was, however, disappointed that we have crossed the line.
Michael Vaughan, as captain of England’s cricket team, a position that used to carry the utmost respect, has subjected himself to making excuses and blaming everybody but himself for the defeat against South Africa. He would have been better served to be heard praising the South Africans rather than blaming the selectors and certain members of his team.
Changes in team selections do take place from time to time and it is the hallmark of a good captain to rally the troops as a fighting force and not to derogate his men. The problem with the England team is that they don’t score enough runs and Michael Vaughan himself is amongst the failures. Given enough runs, the bowlers, whoever they are, have opportunities and time to experiment and wheedle out the opposition.
Michael Vaughan is not a good captain, is not dependable as a batsman and is not inspirational as a captain. Perhaps the selectors did make a mistake in including him and he was right for the wrong reasons to blame the selectors.
By the way, the umpires should stop the England players kicking the cricket ball; in this way they might preclude the need for England’s continual appeals for them to change the ball because they think it is out of shape. I seem to recall we weren’t allowed to kick the ball when I played cricket, or was it because we had more respect for it?
Douglas J Wathen,
Salford Priors, Nr Evesham.
Lord Corbett leading the way over Iran
Dear Editor, With pleasure I read Lord Corbett’s article about the appeasement policy from the West with Iran (Blogs and Comments, July 18).
I have seen no government or organization except for the PMOI itself that has an answer on the Iran crises that caused instability and terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine, next to the suppressive measures inside Iran.
The West should wake up out of a dream that Iran will become a democratic nation by pleasing the ruling mullahs with incentive packages.
It seems to me that they are afraid of losing their businesses with Iran if the regime falls and they obviously don’t want to answer on their embarrassing activities in favour of Iran’s rulers of which the proscription of the PMOI is the most shameful one.
We should now urge the EU and the USA to follow the UK and de-proscribe the PMOI from its terrorist list, considering the fact that they all break the rule of law if Iran’s opposition remains on this list.
Fereydoun Seyed Ahmady,
Stockford Avenue, London.
Dear Editor, A fantastic article by Lord Corbett of Castle Vale on the political situation with Iran and the unfortunate policy of appeasement adopted by our government and the EU. It is time this shameful policy was abandonmed.
The EU council of ministers must obey their own law, that is EU law and remove the PMOI from the proscribed list.
It is very shameful that we are appeasing terrorists and dictators for short term gain and it is time we considered the long term interests of this country and the Iranian people.
Many thanks for publishing this article.
Uniquely positioned to take advantage of India links
Dear Editor, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce warmly welcomes the initiative led by Liam Byrne and Advantage West Midlands on the creation of a West Midlands regional strategy of engagement with India.
India and south Asia as a whole is a challenging market - but then the West Midlands is uniquely positioned in that we enjoy so many means and methods of engagement with those markets, be they via trade or culture or sport or the community.
The most successful UK - India - South Asia trade mechanism in the UK/EU is our portal:
www.iptu.co.uk created and located at the Birmingham Chamber. IPTU receives 1,900,000 hits and 42,000 visitors a month and has nearly 3,000 registered users; registration is free and it is difficult to explain just how much pertinent business information has been assembled in one place.
We work very closely with AWM, UK Trade & Investment and the WM Chamber network and on behalf of our region IPTU has run eight trade missions to India and South Asia over the past twenty months and has a further four or five scheduled over the next seven months, details of which are available at www.iptu.co.uk
Head of international Trade,
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry.