Letters to the Editor: 'Push for economic growth is at odds with the climate fight'
I see Christine Lagarde is signed in as head of the European Central Bank and her first stated intention is to get EU economies to spend substantially more money, borrowed from the ECB at minus zero interest rate, to stimulate increased economic “growth” in the EU.
The idea is to have everybody consume more so that more can continually be produced. Ms Lagarde has little option as it is only by injecting enormous amounts of conjured-up money (debt) into the system that present economics can be prevented from collapse.
The whole strategy is, of course, entirely at variance with what is promoted at the climate change conference in Madrid.
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Nobody however appears courageous enough to point out the incompatibility of present economic policy of growth promotion with reduction of carbon footprint and pollution.
I fear those meeting in Madrid are wasting their breath until the world agrees to adopt an entirely changed economic ideology of sufficiency which is made possible by the incredible advance of technology in recent decades.
Tubbercurry, Co Sligo
Dáil can ground its TDs by following Ryanair’s example
Did you ever hear the likes? Ryanair says it required its chief operating officer to enter a legally binding agreement to the effect that if he were to leave Ryanair he could not take up a similar position at any other airline for a period of one year.
Typical Ryanair. Where is this all going to stop?
The next thing you know is that the electorate will demand that any Dáil candidate seeking their vote enters a similar agreement to the effect that if elected they will serve their full term in the incoming Dáil rather than skiving off in mid-term to a cosy seat in the European Parliament, thus causing a totally unnecessary by-election at public expense.
Bishopstown, Co Cork
Speed limits on country roads must be cut to protect drivers
The speed limit on most country roads is 80kmh. This in my opinion needs adjustment.
On country roads which have no markings – usually because the roads are too narrow for markings – the maximum speed limit should be reduced to 60kmh.
Furthermore, villages on these roads should have the speed limit reduced to 30kmh from the existing 50kmh.
The problem is that large delivery vehicles or other trucks move at close to, or at, 80kmh, which means that if they meet cars coming against them the car must stop or slow down.
In my own experience – as I live on one of these country roads – I have burst three tyres over the last year in avoiding speeding trucks.
Cleggan, Co Galway
Only justice will end poverty despite the efforts of charities
Reading your report that SVP is rolling out “cutting-edge technology” – cashless buckets – left some unease (‘SVP rolls out ‘cashless buckets’ for donations by card at church gates’, Irish Independent, December 3).
Maybe that’s because the initiative implies that SVP does not envisage an end to poverty any time soon and is focusing on the efficiency of collecting alms to mitigate poverty’s dreadful impact on the many who live with it. But we all must know that charity will never end poverty, only justice will achieve that end.
By-elections show how bad Fine Gael’s problems now are
Worrying times for Fine Gael as the swing against it continued in the recent by-elections; and this was even before the story on expenses for double jobbers based on fobs went to print. Looks like that forklift, which will be required to load paper into the new printer in the Dáil, will also be needed to lift Fine Gael out of the doldrums.
Address with editor
Corbyn should get the chance to stamp out anti-Semitism
I applaud Jeremy Corbyn for speaking out against anti-Semitism and for vowing to strenuously stamp it out. Anti-Semitism is repugnant and disgusting. The tumultuous events of the past week demand us to be more vigilant towards any hateful speech, and to unite around noble principles: social justice, unity, dignity, solidarity, equality, diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunities for all irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, economic background and political conviction. Corbyn deserves a chance to practise what he preaches.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London, United Kingdom