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Your letters on muntjacs, climate change, Downham Market bank closure and politics

Here are the letters published in the Tuesday Lynn News of April 11, 2023.


They are destroying our countryside

A muntjac deer. Picture: iStock
A muntjac deer. Picture: iStock

I agree that nature is out of balance when it come to the muntjacs.

As a non-native species they do not have any natural enemies so left unchecked they are destroying our beautiful countryside and town gardens.

I am not sure if we need to go as far as the farmers did in the sixties when they where overrun by the coypu but something needs doing to redress the balance.

Richard Wicks

via email


Just our planet going through another phase

I totally agree with the thoughts of David Fleming and Keith Holland on climate change although I don’t think that climate change is a hoax.

Climates are definitely changing across the world, ice caps and glaciers melting causing sea levels to rise, forest fires and floods the like of which we’ve never seen before, higher than normal summer temperatures and much more.

My thoughts. It’s just our good old planet going through another phase of its long life.

We’ve had the Ice Age, the age of the Dinosaurs, The Pleistocene Age, we still await The Age of Miracles (if it’s not past!).

Perhaps we should name this current age as The Age of Lunatics as we fight to show our green credentials, blaming everything on the Industrial Revolution, fossil fuels, belching cattle, old Uncle Tom Cobley with his old grey mare and all.

I believe the UK produces around one per cent of what is supposedly destroying the ozone layer and you can bet your boots that China, Russia and the USA, major producers of coal-fired generators, are not planning to go green any time soon and Germany is once again mining brown coal.

In the UK we have the massive untapped oil fields off the Scottish coast and sit on mega amounts of underground gas for possible use in the future.

Many years ago the Soviet Union, United Kingdom and the USA detonated hydrogen bombs deep below the earth’s surface.

What if these detonations caused a shuffle around of some of the tectonic plates and at the same time caused our planet to move a tad from its normal axis, and that’s all it would take, just a tad, to make some changes to our climate.

The sun would shine longer or shorter on many places across the planet than it would normally do. Where there was once bitter cold, it became much milder and vice versa.

If there was some truth in this statement, do you think world governments would inform us, the little people, that they had caused these climatic problems by their own stupidity?

Some food for thought - many us will remember the full eclipse of the sun in August 1999. I was sitting in a huge garden in Cornwall when it took place. As the moon’s shadow passed over the sun, there was a definite chill in the air when for just a couple of seconds the heat was turned off.

What if the moon had not moved on, we would have had an Ice Age far different to any other Ice Age in the past history of our planet and it would have happened instantly.

Just like turning off the flame on a gas hob. Worldwide instant climate change. All life extinct, to be discovered eons into the future by who knows who?

Alan Mudge


I have merely been passing on expertise

Two letters were printed in Viewpoint responding to my correspondence on climate change, which I reply to.

Kevin Holland wrote an open minded letter with the heading, ‘What if we created all of this for nothing’.

He appears to have a vision for a cost-free green agenda to make people healthier for nothing.

This is unobtainable, given the green taxes on our energy bills, and on health.

Money is taken out of paypackets to fund the NHS. At world summits there are nations which cannot afford net zero policies, especially as fossil fuels are cheaper.

As for John Martin, his thesis was lateral, symptomatic of the climatologists in pursuit of the word I will use again, ideology.

His figures of 95% are debatable, and my findings of scientists who hold opposite views are more than five per cent.

I have merely been passing on their expertise to the Lynn News readers, balancing it up with other factors.

Jenny Walker in the same columns said: “The scientists volunteer their time”. Not all madame. Chris Witty, who advised the UK Government, was a salaried professional.

David Fleming



A second job could be that of being an MP

I feel MPs can have second jobs providing that second job is actually being an MP which is unpaid (essential expenses only), and vocational.

Could that perhaps help deter proliferating financial and career motivated legislative political corruption?

Moreover it might well deter those MPs voting for issues they clearly disagreed with-for instance the UK leaving the EU and one doesn’t have to travel too far outside Norfolk to know who they are.

Nick Vinehill


Columns were very diverse

Well, Friday’s (March 31) political pages couldn’t have been more diverse.

At the top of the page Tory MP James Wild ran through his usual ‘all’s well’ dogma, chirpily skirting round the things which he doesn’t really want to be associated with and frankly he succeeded.

You’d imagine from his column, things were all ‘tickety boo’ and there wasn’t a cat-in-hell’s chance he was going to drag up the Queen Elizabeth hospital debacle again.

Clearly independent councillor Jo Rust, in her box underneath, was grabbing her chance and wasn’t going to pull any punches.

She started off with letting us all know (once again) how her hospital campaign still hasn’t got any further despite weekly vigils and trips to London and then moved on to what was basically an anti-Tory rant about immigration policies followed by her terse assessment of the Conservative tax morass.

For someone who suddenly jumped ship from being a consummate and committed socialist campaigner for Labour values to declaring herself ‘independent’ it feels like her red Labour petticoats are still showing and while James Wild hasn’t really got a leg to stand on regarding his party’s dire track record at least he’s still standing on the same legs he was using when he was elected.

Steve Mackinder



Town closure is a disgrace

Closing the last bank in Downham is a disgrace.

Lloyds make enough money with their huge charges for everything to keep it open.

Mick Whitehead

via email


Trying to trace Tony Osborne

I am an old friend of Tony Osborne, a retired teacher from Downham, and am his relative from Mexico.

I have spent many years tryng to find Tony (pictured above). I would like to know if he is alive and how I could reach him.

Tony Osborne
Tony Osborne

Anyone with information can contact me on williamscantu@icloud.com

William Scantu

via email

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