There were many excellent speakers at Westminster and some leaders who loved entertaining at the Prime Minister’s Weekly Questions, but none could match Boris Johnson – he was in a class of his own for sedition.
His last stop at the shipping box was, as usual, full of ramblings, jibes, innuendos and jokes, but as usual there was very little effort in answering legitimate questions.
It seems to me that BoJo treated the Commons as a matinee audience and the business of running the country as a game first learned at Eton and Oxford.
He may be almost gone, but he will never be forgotten – or forgiven.
David Ryan, Co Meath
A place where people can express their alternative views on issues
I would agree with Jim Stack when he says: “the Irish Independent tries harder than most to actually debate issues like abortion” (“Abortion debate an example of the media not doing their job,” Letters, July 21).
This is all the more remarkable given that the letter writer states that he voted for Labor all his adult life until “it decided that abortion legislation was a progressive and civilized matter” (Letters, 19 February 2013).
Politically, I’m not sure if any of the major political parties in this country are still anti-abortion, but at least they are Irish Independent is progressive enough to give space in the newspaper to those with alternative views.
Tom McElligott, Listowel, Co. Kerry
We deserve better than RTÉ’s lazy approach
I read with interest Sarah Carey’s article on our national channel (“Shallow analysis, simplified formats and crazy salary shows, RTÉ has gone lazy”, Irish Independent, 16th of July). She made several very good points regarding the shortcomings in RTÉ and its often lazy approach to discussions.
Another very good example of this was demonstrated on Tomorrow Ireland on Monday this week when the Children’s Secretary Roderic O’Gorman was being interviewed.
We are very fortunate in Ireland to have a functioning society with a lot of freedom. For the most part, we can be proud of how our country and our public officials have responded and continue to meet the challenge of the current crisis of mass immigration from a war-torn country.
I often wonder why decent people would agree to an interview when they are treated with such contempt by overpaid RTÉ staff.
We earn a lot more than that from our national broadcaster. This approach does not serve the public interest, let alone democracy.
Pat Flahive, Athy, Co Kildare
When I signed up, I wasn’t betting on a cashless future
I am writing to express my anger, to say the least, at AIB following news that the bank in my area is set to go cashless.
I live in the town of Wicklow and have had to wait months for an appointment to open an AIB account.
I went through all the fuss of providing documents, getting ID checked and other things. Even though I had all this done, I was never told that I would face a cashless bank in the future. I can’t help the feeling that I was sold as a puppy, as the saying goes.
I am an elderly person and only opened this account because the Ulster Bank I held my account with is exiting the Irish market. Now the only place I will be able to get what I call “proper” banking with AIB is at the Arklow branch. Even my almost museum-quality Nokia cell phone is not suitable for online banking, so I have to resort to my iPad. What a world we live in.
Is this move really necessary, or is it just part of a plan to get rid of physical customers, increase profits, and downsize staff?
As a new customer, I look forward to this initiative with concern. I’m now annoyed with myself for how this is playing out in front of me.
The way my luck is right now, I don’t think I should buy lottery tickets.
Colette Collins, Friars Hill, Wicklow
An unenviable election facing this Tory Party member
As a member of the Tory party, I have the unenviable choice of voting for either Rishi Sunak (whose resignation brought down Boris Johnson) or Liz Truss (who voted against Brexit) as Conservative leader and therefore British Prime Minister, or not at all Select.
Both candidates make the Official Monster Raving Loony Party a credible alternative.
Dominic Shelmerdine, London
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/waffle-piffle-and-innuendo-how-well-miss-the-wit-of-boris-johnson-41859047.html Waffle, piffle and innuendos – how we’ll miss Boris Johnson’s joke