Saturday 24 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'All the president’s tweets are wrongly sneered at by media'

US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Our papers and broadcast media are engaged in a cacophony of abuse on Donald Trump.

Mr Trump is the president of the United States, which has traditionally been a good friend of this country.

Mr Trump himself has not been too hard on the fact that we have seduced American companies to our shores by our tax regime while our so-called “friends” in the EU continually castigate us for the same tax regime and their “competition gurus” have got our tax affairs under their continual scrutiny.

Each time Mr Trump sends a tweet he is subject to further abuse because, in the words of Charles Moore (one-time editor of the ‘Daily Telegraph’) in a recent article in the ‘Spectator’, “ordinary mortals fail to spot Trump’s communicative genius that keeps him ahead of the game”.

He goes on to say that the majority of the media falsely equate what they don’t like with what does not work.

A Trump tweet can be as decisive of power as the Roman emperor’s thumbs down in the gladiatorial arena.

Hugh Duffy
Cleggan, Co Galway

Lowry success shows need for better sport coverage on TV

It was uplifting to watch Shane Lowry win the Open on Sunday and the widespread celebrations that followed. After all, Irish sports fans are never slow to join a celebration, some might even say jump on a winning bandwagon.

However, it is disappointing that live coverage of many such major sport events is hidden behind a pay wall of premium TV channels preventing true fans from tasting the closing stages.

We have seen recently that our national broadcaster can step up to the plate with excellent coverage of the Irish Open and currently live coverage of the Tour de France on sister channel TG4, when it makes the effort.

Despite tight budgets and the constant cries for an increased TV licence fee from RTÉ, I suggest that some limited coverage of live international sporting events should be part of the schedule planning for 2020 and beyond.

Irish sport has shown it can compete successfully at the highest international level with many examples such as Katie Taylor and Shane Lowry to lift the national spirits and encourage our youngest citizens to participate. Surely such sporting success warrants better live coverage by our national broadcaster and an allocation of more of the licence fee.

Owen Davin
Ferrybank, Waterford

Why we should call time on use of the ‘royal’ prefix here

The proposed conferring of university status on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is perhaps an opportune time to reflect on the appropriateness of the continued use of “royal” prefixes by a large number of Ireland-based institutions.

While I acknowledge the use of the British royal charter in Ireland is a residue of our colonial past and is of no real significance, and further acknowledge the valuable contribution these institutions make to Irish national life, nonetheless monarchism was repudiated with the establishment of the Irish Republic in 1949 and this should be respected.

The British monarch is the unelected head of state for life, inherited this privilege at birth and will pass it on to her successor. The monarch is also the unelected supreme governor of the Church of England and only Protestant heirs may take the throne.

Neither Catholics, nor those who marry a Catholic, nor those born out of wedlock, may remain in the line of succession.

All of which renders the retention of these royal prefixes anathema to the republican and egalitarian ethos of the Irish State.

Tom Cooper
Dublin 6

Boris means double trouble with that special relationship

And so it has come to pass. Boris Johnson, who as a boy wished he would become king of the world, has become the new British prime minister.

I ask the question, how can it be seen to be fair and equitable that 0.07pc of the total population can ultimately decide who will be prime minister for, possibly, five years?

Having seen and heard many of the Tory members who had a vote, it seems to me many of them would have a problem selecting a leader of the local bowling club or WI branch.

The only proper way to elect a PM is to restrict the electorate to all of that party’s members of parliament.

The special arrangement, ie USA and UK, is now even closer in that they both have clowns as leaders.

Long live stupidity.

David Ryan
Co Meath

Irish Independent

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