Election waste of time and cash
The forthcoming election of police and crime commissioner is a waste of money and time.
I am afraid this time I am not going to vote, because it is another layer of bureaucracy and it will not improve the police force.
There is nothing wrong with the police force – all they require is manpower and resources.
Our police force is one of the most efficient force in the world, and is admired across the globe.
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Yes, an organisation like our police force should evolve from time to time, but the election will bring the force into politics – and that is a remedy for disaster.
At the moment, the majority of the population trust and support the police, and the Government should remember that officers can only discharge their duties effectively with the consent of the people.
The politicians are tainted, and the police force must not get involved with politics because they are the only organisation who can uphold the law and protect the citizens against excessive power of Government.
Without an honest police force, there is no democracy and the rule of law.
Elliot Akinwumi, Blaby.
In his letter, (Mailbox, September 11), JC Richardson is correct that some Russians still believe in the greatness of Stalin. They have been denied access to historical truths.
Philosopher Aleksandr Zinovyev called them "homo sovieticus", or "Sovok".
Such people have lived a large portion of their lives under the old regime and, rightly or wrongly, are not ready to dismiss those years as futile.
Mr Richardson is only partially correct in claiming that Stalin's Five Year Plans armed the Soviet Union to fight the Germans in 1939.
Initially they did, but in 1937-38 Stalin orchestrated the arrest and execution of some 80,000 of the most able Soviet military officers.
The very able Marshall Tukhachevsky was shot for alleged treason.
People believed Stalin in his clever manoeuvrings.
At the time, Stalin created the Great Purge to ensure that he, himself, was not removed.
However, Stalin's action resulted in the considerable weakening of the Russian armed forces.
As a direct result of the Great Purge, the Soviet Union was not prepared for the war with Germany.
Thus Stalin, whose deliberate action put Hitler in power, entered into the secret Molotov–Ribbentrop pact, which allowed Hitler to attack Poland.
When Hitler finally attacked the Soviet Union, Stalin used poorly prepared and equipped soldiers as German gun fodder.
So far as Churchill's statements are concerned, he said what he thought was appropriate at the time. He was a politician, after all.
In 1940, the Soviet secret police were directed by Joseph Stalin to systematically murder about 22,000 Polish military officers, prisoners and intellectuals in the Katyn Forest. Stalin blamed the Germans for this atrocity.
Papers which have just been released by the US show that Roosevelt got information in 1943 from credible US sources confirming that the Soviet Union was behind the massacre, but chose not to make it public.
Churchill also sent him a report including a copy of a letter written by the British ambassador Owen O'Malley to the Polish government-in-exile in London. It pointed to Soviet guilt at Katyn.
On April 24, 1943, Churchill assured Stalin: "We shall certainly oppose vigorously any 'investigation' by the International Red Cross" although by that time he knew very well who committed the atrocity.
Michael Myers, Leicester.
I agree with everything in Michael Sackin's letter ("Stop destroying the environment", Mailbox, September 8).
The Global Footprint Network says Earth Overshoot Day is the approximate date each year when we've taken all the Earth can sustainably provide.
It includes for example, all the CO2 that can be sequestered; reduced fishing stocks to the point where they can just recover and drawn just enough nutrients from the soil that it's capable of sustaining the same crop next year. In 1992, Earth Overshoot Day fell on October 21. Even then, we overconsumed, taxing the Earth by taking more than 20 per cent more than it had to give us.
The past two years have seen Earth Overshoot Day in September. This year, it occurred in August, when we had used up more than we should if we expect our natural resources to recover.
This is no surprise with an increasing world population and the average person's level of consumption becoming greater.
Michael said politicians "supported by the mass media, are only interested in growth, growth, growth".
We are all in debt to the environment. What happens when the global biosphere collapses?
Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone.
I have written numerous times previously to Mailbox concerning the continual use of the words "slow lane" and "fast lane" to describe motorway lanes.
Either the reporters or editorial staff don't read their own paper, or choose to ignore my letters.
A couple of weeks ago we had a description of the "fast lane" being closed due to an accident. I don't suppose it was very fast when it was closed. I did cross my mind to write in again, but I resisted.
I still don't understand how we have "fast lanes" and "slow lanes."
They are all the same width, they have the same white lines separating them and are all subject to the 70mph speed limit.
Then, low (sic) and behold, on August 31 something caught my attention. There it was on page 2, under the heading of "Delays on M1 after lorry crashed." It read "...shut the outside lanes of both the north and south carriageways".
It made my day. Was the article written by a new reporter, or do we have new editorial staff? Whatever the reason, congratulations for getting it right. I am sure I will not now have to write about the same subject again!
R. Coles, Blaby.
Have any readers had fun and games trying to get an E111 card (for illness and so on while on holiday)? I certainly did.
I was advised to go to my doctor, who told me to go to the chemist. They said the post office, who sent me to the main post office, who said they don't do them anymore.
However, I was given a phone number to ring, but after telling two people all my details, was told it would be seven days before I received my E111 card. Too late!
R. Dunkley, Eyres Monsell.