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Letters: Solve energy price crisis by reopening coal mines

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This winter we have to believe there is no need to panic. The government, we have to believe, will introduce schemes to fund the needy with payment for the ransom we have to pay for survival and comfort in our homes this winter.

That surely is not good enough. Next year it could double again, and the year after the same. How long will it be before the UK gets back to the economic cost of keeping warm?

It’s not surprising that Germany and Italy are reopening some coal mines to supplement their energy needs. Shouldn’t this be a consideration for the UK with abundant supply of this black gold buried under our feet?

Colin Beardmore, by email

I agree with Alan Byrne on the title of his letter of July 30 (“Integrity of impartiality has been lost by BBC”), but I’m afraid I can’t agree with anything else. Mr Byrne claims that “to a lot of people, the BBC is now unofficially the ministry of propaganda for the Labour Party”.

This is a perfect example of misdirection and projection because it’s a well-known fact that the BBC has been a mouthpiece of the Tory party for decades. The Government selects the chair of the BBC. Four board members are directly appointed by the Government.

These government appointees select the remaining members. The current chairman is Richard Sharpe – former Goldman Sachs banker who donated £400,000 to the Tories.

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He was a board member of the right-wing think tank Centre for Policy Studies. Tim Davies is the director general. A former PepsiCo Exec, he stood as a Conservative councillor for Hammersmith, and was chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Tories in the 1990s.

Former Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has given a lecture in Edinburgh which has gone viral. She exposed the BBC bias and kowtowing to the Government.

She also revealed that there is an “active Tory party agent” involved at the BBC. She was referring to Sir Robbie Gibb, Theresa May’s former director of communications, who helped found the right-wing GB News, which is a rival to the BBC.

How might he end up on the BBC board of governors? BBC Question Time doesn’t need a Tory MP on because Fiona Bruce does the job simply fine with a hand-picked audience of Brexit-backing Tory voters.

I heard on Radio 4, on August 17, a presenter say “the last time inflation was this high, Michael Foot was the leader of the Labour Party”. Since Margaret Thatcher was PM at that time, this comment was again biased, and such spin is worthy of the Daily Mail and the Sun.

The BBC news is delivered in a ‘twee’ way with a sugary spin and an unchallenging ride for Government ministers being interviewed. Any story which may be detrimental to the Government is quickly passed over, and no one dare mention the disaster that is Brexit.

Some stories, like the raid on the home of millionaire Tory Michele Mone by officers investigating the PPE scandal, were simply not covered by the BBC.

So, I say, Mr Byrne: I urge you to view the film of Emily Maitlis at Edinburgh and I agree with you – the integrity of impartiality has indeed been lost by the BBC.

Chris Wheeldon, by email

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