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Letters: Voting for the BNP

Sir: With regard to Bob Askew's comments (Letters, 7 May) on "white working class" support for the British National Party (BNP), there can be little doubt that the main impact of immigration over the last 40 years has been felt by the "white working class", who have been inundated by alien cultures and surrounded by foreign languages. They, more than most, have endured cultural dilution, communal breakdown, overcrowding in schools and hospitals, suppressed wage levels and (often unfair) competition for housing.

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Letters: No Middle East peace without respect for history

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Sir: Today, millions of Israelis and Jews around the world will joyfully mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel. For many, this landmark powerfully symbolises the Jewish people's ability to defy the power of hatred so destructively embodied in the Nazi Holocaust. Additionally, it is an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of cultural, economic and scientific achievements of Israeli society, in all its vitality and diversity.

Letters: The BNP

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Sir: One has to wonder at the logic Johann Hari employs in his article denouncing the British National Party (Opinion, 5 May) while exonerating the voters who have made BNP their choice.

Letters: Saved by an orang-utan

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Sir: You report on the resourcefulness of orang-utans (Picture Post, 29 April). I was visiting the orang-utan sanctuary at Camp Leakey in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, some years ago. On the first morning, while it was still dark. I went out and started to walk in the direction of the river along a wooden causeway. Dimly, I soon discerned a large orang-utan with a smaller one on her lap. As she had a friendly look, I stopped and spoke to her. In response she took my hand in a friendly way.

Letters: Fritzl case

Monday, 5 May 2008

Sir: I agree with Dominic Lawson's comments on the Fritzl case (2 May). What many people in this country do not understand is that most post-war German and Austrian houses of any quality have huge basements, many equipped to cope with possible nuclear attack during the Cold War.

Letters: City pay

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Sir: After reading Nick Clark's report "Bankers hit back at Governor's attack on City bonuses" (1 May) I reflected that, like all slippery slopes, recent talk about the regulation of City pay may start off as an attractive idea but will only turn into a disaster if realised.

Letters: Organic farming

Friday, 2 May 2008

Sir: How right Rob Johnston ("The great organic myths", 1 May) is to point out that organic farmers, along with all farmers across the globe, are operating within a new world order of climate change and apparent food shortage.

Letters: Opium policy

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Sir: Your article correctly highlights the dangers Afghanistan's heroin trade poses to UK troops and British society at large ("Drugs for guns: how the Afghan heroin trade is fuelling the Taliban insurgency", 29 April). However, the current strategy used to combat escalating opium production levels – forced poppy crop eradication – has destroyed the livelihoods of entire farming communities, driving them into the hands of the Taliban and putting UK troops at further risk.

Letters: Climate catastrophe

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Sir: We agree with your leading article that the London elections could have wider significance than simply their impact on the capital ("The contest is local, the significance national", 28 April).

Letters: Two-state solution

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Sir: Johann Hari (Opinion, 28 April) is right to be outraged by Israel's vicious colonial policies in the West Bank but wrong to trace their origins to the creation of the state in 1948. The past four decades of occupation, land-grabbing, checkpoints and military raids are a world away from the 1948 conflict.

Letters: Saving the white rhino

Monday, 28 April 2008

Sir: The situation facing the northern white rhino is of grave concern ("The Cloning Revolution", 18 April). There have been no rhino sightings for several years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Garamba National Park. A few elderly, non-reproductive animals live in two zoos in the US and in the Czech Republic.

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