Monday 16 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Licence fee and ads on RTÉ a double whammy for viewers'

'My relatives and friends in the UK pay a licence fee for the great service they receive from the BBC without having to endure advertising.' (stock photo)
'My relatives and friends in the UK pay a licence fee for the great service they receive from the BBC without having to endure advertising.' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

We are constantly told if we have a television we must have a licence for it, while having to endure advertising on RTÉ.

My relatives and friends in the UK pay a licence fee for the great service they receive from the BBC without having to endure advertising.

Tony Moriarty
Dublin 6

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Bad snooze is no news for reclining Rees-Mogg and rest

Regarding Jacob Rees-Mogg taking a nap on the front bench in the House of Commons: in fairness, people have been falling asleep on those green seats, and the red ones down the hall, for years.

Eve Parnell
Dublin 8

Sinn Féin fiddles on the sidelines amid the crisis

Watching ‘Bordering on Brexit’ on RTÉ, I was intrigued by Sinn Féin member Chris McCaffrey’s view on Brexit.

He went to London to see Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to put his party’s point of view. He did not meet him due to scheduling conflicts, but he did meet a Labour MP and got a good hearing.

Really, he could have saved himself a trip if he could have persuaded his Sinn Féin colleagues to take their seats in the House of Commons.

As Ireland burns, Sinn Féin continues to fiddle on the sidelines. Can they still justify not taking their seats during the biggest crisis this country has ever faced?

Mary Lou, it’s not too late.

Donough O’Reilly
Kilmacud, Co Dublin

The choice of the majority must be allowed to stand

Your correspondent J Jennings holds a strange position concerning the democratic process (Letters, September 4).

He calls for a re-run of the Brexit referendum in the UK, where a very clear result emerged: 1,269,501 more people supported Brexit than opposed it.

His suggestion is that no referendum result should be accepted unless 60pc of people vote in favour.

This is, of course, the very antithesis of what democracy is.

In a democratic state, for a referendum to be carried it should be supported by half of the voting public plus one. That is what is meant by ‘majority rules’.

Were one to apply Mr Jennings’s yardstick, most referendum results the world over would not stand. And democracy would not exist in any of those countries where such was the case.

Must your correspondent be reminded that in 1995 the divorce referendum in Ireland was carried with a majority of 9,114 votes out of a total poll of 1,633,942? That is a majority of 50.28pc against a minority of 49.72pc. Under Mr Jennings’s suggestion, that result, the majority view, would not have stood.

Exactly what part of the democratic principle ‘majority rules’ is it that your correspondent does not understand?

Colm McElroy
Dublin 9

The Wild West had nothing on guns in modern America

I read today in your pages of an American 14-year-old who killed his entire family in a gun rampage.

 This follows weekly reports of mass shootings in the USA, which its president shrugs off as being the price a country has to pay for the right to be “free”.

This right, of course, favours the psychopaths and not their victims. It favours the economically strong in exploiting the weak. It favours the rich in their crass demeaning of those not in their class.

And it favours sociopaths like Donald Trump being able to ignore social mores in their determination to abuse and hurt anyone and everyone in order to believe their own lies about themselves.

 We know how violent the Wild West was. How many people know that it is now easier to obtain firearms in Tombstone, Arizona, than it was in the heyday of the violent Wild West?

Liam Harrington
Castletownbere, Co Cork

Deal with our litter problem – have the bottle to pick it up

As one who regularly picks up bits of litter, very often within a few seconds’ walk of a dustbin, I read Jason O’Mahony’s item with interest.

Just this morning, leaving a shop with my Irish Independent, I paused to pick up a discarded Lucozade bottle and deposit it in a dustbin... right beside it.

A young man, seated on his bike nearby, gave me one of those ‘you want your head examined’ glances, alas.

Tom Gilsenan
Beaumont, D9

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