When it comes to British Prime Minister Liz Truss, this lady is pro-departure

The about-face by British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, by scrapping the 45 percent tax rate for high earners is a case in point of politics and promises that are misaligned with reality.

Gasthaus Féin should be careful. The fact that Ms. Truss would throw her chancellor under the bus is a case in point that there are no friends in politics. So much for “this woman is not for spinning”.

It’s not the first time she’s had to make a U-turn.

For all the talk of Britain’s economy growing as it vie for Tory and country leadership, Truss’s defiance and poise is nothing more than deluded self-confidence.

What these last few years and days have shown to the rest of the world is that the Tories, under four separate leaders, are the party of desperation and idiom.

I am glad that we have stable government in this country, imperfect as it may be, and not the optimistic British government with its entrenched, closed-off, protectionist policies that have made them the laughingstock and caustic of world markets.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Provide all schools with the resources they need for guidance

I read that Education Secretary Norma Foley has committed €5 million to develop a pilot program of counseling support in primary schools. This is very welcome news for parents, teachers and last but not least for children who need guidance.

Unfortunately, this pilot program will also only start in September 2023. But is a pilot program necessary? Will most of the money just go to consultants? Why not just take the bull by the horns and offer all elementary and high schools the money to counsel their students?

Each of the approximately 4,000 schools in the country could be given €200 a week to secure the services of a self-employed qualified counselor for one afternoon a week; this would cost €800,000 per week; multiplied by a 40-week school year would cost 32 million euros per year.

The benefits to students’ mental health would be invaluable; it would also reduce the long waiting list for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAMHS) and save money there.

So how about acting now instead of launching a pilot program next September?

Ian McCabe

Dartry, Dublin 6

Lantern stickers are the least of Dubliners’ worries

I see there is currently a campaign going on to stop stickers being put on lamp posts in Temple Bar. Meanwhile, Dublin City Council is vigorously enforcing fines and/or ordering the removal of al fresco dining.

It’s great to see that our irresponsible local government officials continue to have their own priorities.

I strongly suspect most Dubliners would have a very different list of key issues facing the capital.

Gerry Kelly

Ratgar, Dublin 6

King Charles’s contributions to Cop27 are missed

It is very disappointing that the once outspoken Prince Charles is not attending the Cop27, apparently on the advice of Madam Flip-Flop Liz Truss, simply because he is King Charles now.

The king has long been a supporter of sustainable and organic farming, and his presence would be valuable at climate summits like Cop27, where his contributions are sorely missed.

It is too much to hope that Ireland could propose something interesting in Egypt. Given our terrible record in this area, who would even listen to us?

We’re a laughing stock when it comes to global warming or sustainability.

David Ryan

Co Meath

The church needs to question the “truth” of ancient scriptures

Many letters to the editor have been written since Pope Francis announced the 2023 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2020.

The chosen topic: “For a Synodal Church: Community, Participation and Mission”.

Every diocese in the world submitted contributions.

A major objection that is not addressed is the myriad changes and redactions that the Catholic Church made to Scripture from about the 3rd century onwards.

“Truth” is as important to humanity in the 21st century as it was 2,000 years ago; not the immature “vain and abominable” attempts to fit all men perfectly into what could very well be a corrupted ideology of God’s Word.

Declan Foley

Melbourne, Australia

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