In clear daylight, British Prime Minister Liz Truss has a tough job ahead of her

While many people were engrossed in the pageantry and military precision that characterized Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral, I wondered what the total cost to the British taxpayer of all this would be?

While the days of mourning have given new Prime Minister Liz Truss some adjustment time, she and her Tory government have had to watch the pound depreciate as Brexit and the cost-of-living crisis bite.

As she and her supporters get the Northern Ireland Protocol through Parliament, if she travels to the UN General Assembly and tries to persuade US President Joe, the consequences of this decision could have long-term adverse effects on trade and any future deals with the EU Biden wants to expand trade agreements between the two countries.

Mr Biden has already expressed his concerns, warning the UK that any interference in the Good Friday Agreement that the Protocol Act could cause will not be tolerated and could affect future trade deals.

Now that the UK’s period of mourning is over and people are returning to their normal lives, the task of providing for citizens during a cost of living crisis will continue to command attention for some time to come.

The energy bill freeze for the next two years will have many economists and opposition politicians wondering who will pay for all of this while refusing to introduce a windfall tax on major utilities.

The opening lines of Shakespeare Richard III are: “Now is the winter of our dissatisfaction.” This is appropriate under the present circumstances and considering that he only reigned for two years. Will this be the fate of Mrs Truss and the Tories?

Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Stop trivializing crime by calling car thieves joyriders

Robin Schiller’s article (“More Gardaí needed, says GRA after patrol car was rammed”, Irish IndependentSeptember 21) about the shameful incident at Cherry Orchard on Monday night was very revealing.

However, it was tarnished by the use of the word “joyrider” to describe a serial car thief. I urge you to stop using that word and write “car thieves.”

If we trivialize crime, we should not be surprised if young criminals are right to believe that their criminal activities are being trivialized.

Cornelius Logue, Quigley’s Point, Co Donegal

Commonwealth of Nations is not what it used to be

Joy Tendai-Kangere (“The Queen was extraordinary, but her death sheds light on brutal British colonial rule”, Irish IndependentSeptember 20) makes a glaring mistake when she says “the Commonwealth has been reduced to just 15 of the 32 countries it once comprised”.

The Commonwealth is a political federation of 56 member states, most of which are former territories of the British Empire.

Anne James, Greyabbey, Co-Down

A restructuring of pensions would upset fair play

YOU tell us in your editorial (“Promoting State Pensions Must Not Become a Burden on Workers” Irish Independent(September 21) that the new plans provide that “the statutory retirement age will remain at 66, but will offer people the opportunity to work until they are 70 for a higher pension payment”.

Of course, this means creating a two-tier pension system to go along with our two-tier healthcare service, but it also raises serious questions as to whether this is discriminatory and the government could in the process leave claims open to those who are 16 years old have started to work and have paid PRSI. This is because citizens who go to university usually do not start working until they are 21 years old.

If both retire at 66, the person who started working at 16 will not get a raise for the five extra years they invested to start, but the government appears to be proposing a higher pension for those who started on End five extra years of work in her career.

For the benefit of government ministers who seem to routinely wrestle with concepts such as fair play and equity, the simplest way to put it is that a person who starts working at 16 and retires at 66 has contributed for 50 years .

A person who starts working at 21 and retires at 70 has only paid 49 years of contributions, but we are told the worker gets up to €60 more per week. Surely someone who started working at 16 is entitled to at least the same consideration if he made the same or more contributions during his working life.

Jim O’Sullivan, Rathedmond, Co. Sligo In clear daylight, British Prime Minister Liz Truss has a tough job ahead of her

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