Letters: Republic debate, and pointless town names
A republic? Just give me real democracy
People often talk about how we might be better off as a republic but I wonder what kind of republic do they mean? The well known republic called the United States started off, like England, whereby only the landed gentry (or certain wealthy men that owned some property) had a vote in political affairs, and the "inalienable rights" as guaranteed in their Declaration of Independence did not apply to people who were black or indigenous to the American continent.
When India gained its independence and became a republic the only persons who exercised any political control were either the Oxbridge educated sons of the rich or potentates and princes. Iceland is the only country I can think of whereby the island's farmers came together to formulates their own liberal system of government.
Plato's book The Republic cites various ways to have good government but a nation, its laws and mechanisms are only as good as the people who work it; namely those we elect and the tenacity and intelligence of the electorate.
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There is so much apathy so whether we have a republic or a constitutional monarchy in many respects is neither here nor there. The principal controlling element for all of the home nations that make-up Britain is Brussels. So many people have lost interest and respect for politics that we are in danger of becoming a feckless nation devoid of any real meaningful political debate or national savvy. There are many factors that have a bearing, however. I suspect that apathy and lack of accountability are an anathema to most of the public. Far from worrying about whether my monarch or president lives in a palace I am concerned about the lack of real democracy in my country, the lack of accountability of its government and consistent denial of a referendum on Europe.
Our status as a republic or kingdom would not have stopped us following the Americans into an illegal war nor will it provide us with a written constitution or prevent the corporate takeover now faced by many facets of our society. Instead of worrying about the head of state let's look at the bigger picture and how it affects our lives.
Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire
Chance to lead way in pointless names
Congratulations must be in order to the "consultants" who, for the modest sum of £9,000-plus, successfully sold the notion that Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery needed a new name.
They must be some of the best salesmen in the UK.
Now that we have "The Wilson", why stop there?
There are clearly any number of public facilities in Cheltenham in urgent need of "rebranding" to ensure their viable future.
How about these for example?
Cheltenham General Hospital could become "The Nightingale", Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, "The Whittle", Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), "The Enigma", Pittville Pump Rooms, "The H20".
I'm sure readers could come up with many more and at potentially £9,000 a time, make a fortune.
Who knows, Cheltenham could be in line to become the pointless name capital of Europe?
Cyclists managed to stay off the pavement
I have to say I was very impressed as the Round Britain Cycle Tour sped through Tiverton last month.
I was impressed for two reasons. Firstly, this was without doubt a colourful display of superior athleticism and stamina, and that was impressive.
Secondly, and even more impressive, all 116 riders were cycling on the road.
Not one of them chose to ride on the pavement.
Tiverton cyclists please take note. If professional riders prefer to comply with the Highway Code and use the roads and not the pavements, then why can't you?
Badger lovers refuse to listen to others
What an excellent and very sensible article by Philip Bowern ("Giving badgers greater protection than other species makes no sense", September 28). Perhaps toy makers should make more water voles instead of badgers.
Why are Graham Forsyth, Dr Vernon Coleman and others so against farmers? What Dr Coleman says in his letter is entirely unfair to the majority of, if not all, farmers. Farm animals won't thrive unless they are looked after properly and the rules for producing milk are extremely strict.
I get the impression the badger lovers think they are always right and have no intention of listening to anyone who disagrees with them, which is not only farmers. They need to realise that it isn't the farmers who don't want their cattle vaccinated against TB, but as we are ruled completely by the EU, we are not allowed to vaccinate, even if there was one available. which due to previous governments ignoring the whole problem, there isn't one and not likely to be for years to come.
Now we hear that the EU wants to ban the Union flag from British meat, also the logos and flags representing Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I do think it is wrong that imported meat which is processed in this country is labelled "British". It should be labelled which country the meat came from and then say "processed in the UK". So I suggest that the badger lovers who have no understanding or are interested in farming, stop getting at farmers and have a go at the EU instead.
Winscombe, North Somerset
Country I knew as a child gone forever
Many years ago when I was at school all my classmates came from similar backgrounds and most still had their natural parents. There was little envy or greed because all our possessions were simple.
I now think of myself as a normal heterosexual, Christian, patriotic Englishman – married and able to speak English fluently. However in this multicultural society I seem to be in the minority group.
On a visit to London I had to ask directions of four people before I could find someone who spoke my language.
In his Saturday column Martin Hesp reminded us of the old saying, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do", and it is a great pity that this expression does not apply to our country.
The halcyon days of my childhood have gone forever, so much has changed, and I am not sure it is for the better.
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset