Friday 19 July 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Trump just keeps getting more and more ridiculous'

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

Letters to the Editor

Each week we think that Donald Trump cannot be more preposterous than the week before. 

This week this conceited ass claimed that the British ambassador to the US was pompous; although, as pompous has more than one syllable, it was probably a word that was suggested to him by one of his, still functioning, but not very well, White House staff.

Nevertheless, Trump, the man behind countless corporate failures and liquidations, in a futile attempt to discredit the ambassador, also continues to berate Theresa May for not doing what he told her to do to the EU; in effect, to cut off relations with them and follow a no-deal Brexit, not unlike that other Trumpist look-alike and amoralist, the clown Boris Johnson.

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Knowing Trump’s propensity for following the three cockcrow syndrome of St Peter, who can blame May?

Certainly not Trump’s buddy of yore, Jeffrey “I’ve known him for 15 years, terrific guy” Epstein, currently being charged with sex trafficking, and with Trump now saying that he “had no relationship with Epstein”. Really?

Why is he even still in the White House?

Is this too difficult a question for the status quo-inclined leadership of the Democratic Party? Probably.

Harry Spillane

Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

 

Boris has shown us who’ll be in charge once he’s the PM

After Boorish Johnson’s refusal to back the ambassador of the United Kingdom to the USA, the members of the Conservative Party now know that if they want a Trump they must vote for Johnson.

Fergus Jordan

Greystones, Co Wicklow

 

Our Taoiseach could learn from the teachings of Jesus

Dear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar,

I would like to quote you a Bible story from St John’s Gospel, Chapter 8. 

3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. (Obviously he was writing their sins)

7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.

10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

If you were there, would you have walked away or would you have stayed there and said “Nothing to declare?”

Alice Creaton

Dublin 12

 

Why the UK should have a second referendum on Brexit

I completely agree with Noel Mannion (Letters, July 10). Although a staunch Brexiteer, I have no objection to a second straight UK referendum on EU membership.

Hundreds of thousands of those who voted ‘out’ in 2016 have, indeed, passed on. Millions more were too young to vote at the time, and many others would change their minds if given the opportunity.

Additionally, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted Remain. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt should remember the wider electorate extends beyond the 160,000 Conservative Party membership who will decide which one of them becomes prime minister. In the interests of democracy, a second plebiscite – and a general election immediately afterwards – should settle the issue, however narrow the margin.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, England

 

What have Dáil bar and a sinking shop got in common?

With regards to rodents in the Dáil bar: Winston Churchill referred to, “The only recorded instance in history of a rat swimming towards a sinking ship.”

Mattie Lennon

Blessington, Co Wicklow

 

A rat in the Dáil bar.....Just the one?!

Eve Parnell, Dublin 8

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