Dear Editor, I read Chris Upton’s tale of his appearing and disappearing shares with amusement, but no amazement.
The current financial shenanigans are proof enough, if proof were needed, that the economic system is rotten to the core.
There will be no peace on earth until we all escape from this worldwide invitation to selfishness and sheer greed.
Recently the US Patent and Trademark Office was accused of being the US Piracy and Theft Office.
Remarkably, they responded and prevented an organisation from taking over a large proportion of the world’s food supplies.
Week by week, each family purchases the same amount of food, yet week by week larger quantities of paper and metal discs have to change hands to buy it
Why? Because someone somewhere is being greedy.
This will go on until we overthrow the tables of the money-changers and learn to do things for people instead of in the quest for money.
The worldwide worship of Mammon must cease and co-operation must displace competition.
Start thinking about it now!
Tough action needed to end Croatia fans’ racist taunts
Dear Editor, The derisory less than £15,000 fine for racist taunts by serial offenders Croatia (Post, September 26) does nothing to deter this scourge from FIFA games.
The attempts to phase Wigan’s Emile Heskey out of the match only amount to a fine of 46p per Croat fan and comes against the deplorable track record of this nation in football games internationally.
In Euro 2004 their fans displayed extremist banners, by 2006 they formed a human swastika against Italy while in Euro 2008 they engaged in racist abuse against Turkey – attracting another mild slap of £10,000.
If FIFA, and its junior partner UEFA’s, track records are to tackle these Neanderthals then overdue action rather than mild rebukes should be invoked.
In less than a year’s time Croatia will arrive at Wembley for the return World Cup match.
Their fans’ ticket allocation should be cancelled and no seats given to members of the Croatian Football Federation who have refused to comment on the outrage at the Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb.
Just as years of isolation after Heysel forced the English game to its senses, so the distaste for Croatian racist pariahs could bring others (Poland and the Balkan states especially) into line.
Such action would not just improve the performance of Ashley Cole, Jermaine Defoe or Shaun Wright-Phillips and other England players of colour but would overcome the genuine disbelief and hurt caused to their team mates such as John Terry or Frank Lampard.
Call for support for families of murder victims
Dear Editor, My son was murdered in Liverpool five years ago, his killers have never been convicted.
Recently, I have formed a group in Liverpool with parents of other murder victims, (life should mean life campaign group).
We held a march and rally on Octo- ber 6, and around 500 people turned up.
In April next year we are planning another one and hope as many people as possible join us on the same day in their respective home towns.
Would you please pass on my contact details to anyone who would be intersted in setting up a group/march in your area.
0151 476 9527
Significance of Christmas falls prey to commercialism
Dear Editor, I am sure i am not the only one who feels that the real significance of Christmas has been brushed to one side by commercial interests, by certain sections of the media and by politically correct minded local authorities.
Is it hardly surprising then that more and more of the population do not know why Christmas is celebrated.
To many people, the festival is just to do with Santa Claus, snowmen or a wintry scene.
Finding Christmas cards to purchase that actually have anything to do with what Christmas is all about is becoming increasingly difficult.
Readers may be interested to know that there are quality cards available with designs based on well known festive carols and bearing messages of hope and joy expressing the real meaning of Christmas.
Information about the cards can be obtained from the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Kedo, Kings Court, Vigo Place, Aldridge, West Midlands, WS9 8UG.
Brown lacks the vision to make the right decisions
The best managers are those who have the ability to plan ahead, to make the right decisions and make progress.
Many managers are only able to deal with a crisis – many of their own making – and do not have the vision to make good managers.
Gordon Brown is one of these.
His prudence tag, given to him by Tony Bliar, for his own reason to reflect on himself, was false, as was the boast of no more boom and bust.
Brown and Blair must have known that their “successful economy” was being built on casino money, fuelled by debt, credit, high taxes, an abandoned benefit system, giving billions of taxpayers’ money away for unproductive work and mass immigration support, remortgaging with the increasing value of houses and credit cards and loans.
Brown must have known all of this – ten years as Chancellor is a long time.
He started off with the floods; then foot and mouth and now the credit crunch ending all three it seems triumphantly.
What is next?
We know his Government is broke; he knows his Government is broke.
What will be his next Crisis?
I am holding my breath.
We still have Lord Mandelson of Hartlepool to come forward with his ideas.
What a way to run a great country. A man who is perpetuating the greed.
Doouglas J Wathen,
Climate angels show the way
I was surprised at last night’s great climate change debate in the Town Hall, with my cyclist acquaintances who were not wearing, with pride, their clean yellow, high visibility uniforms, as I was!
Those of us who use our bikes and so self-righteously avoid fossil fuel transport as much as possible, are the true patriots who are defending the nation from the climate terrorists who would bring our way of life crashing down around our ears.
We cyclists, with our yellow halos shining bright, are the vanguard preserving the nation’s wealth from the motorheads who are ripping through our irreplaceable resources as if there is no tomorrow. They believe that oil, our energy, our capital wealth grows on trees, would you believe.
Hence, bankrupt banks and a planet being saved from bankruptcy by pedalling bikers, sacrificing the comfort of their cars!
We are truly so angelic - even on shared cycle/walkways - yellow angels on wheels, no less.
Keeping in touch
Dear Editor, I recently arrived in Sydney for a few months before heading back to Kings Norton. I was worried about missing out on local Birmingham news but keeping in touch via your excellent Birmingham Post online service is just the “ticket” for those of us “exiled” to foreign parts. Marvelous stuff !