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Issue No. 2453


Trust real experts

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that a Greenpeace advert was misleading for claiming that fracking will not lower domestic fuel costs. 

It cited David Cameron’s claim that fracking has “real potential” to drive down energy bills. 

But real experts, such as former head of the government’s committee of climate change David Kennedy, have shot down Cameron’s claims.

And Greenpeace has said there is a conflict of interest because ASA chair Chris Smith has been appointed head of a fracking industry funded shale gas task force. 

Last year this called for fracking to be made a “national priority”.

Katrina Lawrie, Wigan

Tories can be overcome 

Labour’s failure to defeat John Major’s Tory government in the 1992 election was utterly demoralising. 

Like this time the real reason they lost was because Labour didn’t offer working people an alternative. Yet the party leadership concluded that they had to move to the right to win. 

Yet within months the Tories were on the rocks. Their plan to close 31 coal mines provoked enormous anger on the streets.

I left Labour and joined the Socialist Workers Party on a massive miners’ demo in 1992. I have been proud to organise against war, racism and austerity.

Martin Empson, Manchester

Hopkins shows media can’t regulate itself 

Katie Hopkins wrote a column in The Sun newspaper two weeks ago that described migrants crossing the Mediterranean as “cockroaches”. It called for gunships to be used against them.

It’s a scandal that new “press regulator” Ipso has rejected complaints about it. 

Ipso, which was set up in the wake of the phone-tapping scandal, said she did not “refer to a specific individual”.

But the whole logic of racism is to generalise negative attributes. The Nazis dehumanised Jewish people but did not usually refer to specific individuals. 

The ruling is perverse. It proves the press is incapable of self-regulation.

It’s time for a regulator with teeth to deal with the likes of Hopkins—and the editors who thought her racist drivel was acceptable.

Sasha Simic, north London

Fallings out among the French fascists

It’s been pleasant viewing the current spat in France’s fascist Front National (FN). 

Party leader Marine Le Pen, ever conscious of the FN image, has suspended the former fuhrer—her father Jean Marie. He had publicly complained because she distanced herself from his remarks dismissing the Holocaust. 

This verbal is partly about Le Pen senior galvanising support for Marion Le Pen, his granddaughter. Now 25, she is already thought of as a successor to Marine. 

She and Jean Marie are sick of Marine’s efforts to publicly play down core FN beliefs. But Marine is not moving away from Antisemitism and a strong state. 

The FN is a threat, but this crack in its armour shows tensions within. 

Paul Sillett, east London

The left must unite and now 

Labour has been so intent on stealing middle class, suburban Tory voters that they have allowed the working class to go unrepresented.

If we on the left—including the Greens and Scottish National Party—do not come together right now the working class and the welfare state will be lost.

John Smith, Driffield

Will the TUC do anything?

How will the TUC respond when the Tories implement their strike breaking legislation and make it impossible to gain a mandate for industrial action?

Karl Nicholas, on Facebook

Was coalition really weak? 

Does the vote for left parties like TUSC not show that the coalition has not been weak for five years but had strength in depth?

Jon Fanning, York

Abandoned by Labour Party 

In Scotland we felt “We did not abandon Labour—Labour abandoned us”. 

Cannot understand the result down south though. It’s like Turkeys voting for Christmas.

Lorraine Bremner McBride, Inverness

Where is hung parliament? 

Given that the polls were predicting at worse a hung parliament, I’d say this is a victory for press barons Murdoch and Dacre and irresponsible journalism.

Sara Beddoes, on Facebook

Ed was better than you said 

Many of you took issue with Ed Miliband’s Labour Party. But he was closer to its traditions than Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. 

If you’d seen the bigger picture and voted Labour, we wouldn’t have a Tory government today.

Nathan Hazlett, on Facebook

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Tue 12 May 2015, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2453
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