Scrutiny would prove emperor has no clothes

The money men backing Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership contest don’t want him held to account in case too much public scrutiny reveals that this would be emperor has no clothes.

As far as Johnson is concerned Brexit has always been a means of achieving the premiership.

The same now applies to all the other candidates who know that Brexit has already cost the country dearly in terms of lost investment and lost well paid jobs, most notably in Leave voting constituencies. They dare not talk about the national interest because it’s now diametrically opposed to their own self interest.

Brexit is already happening and has destroyed the ironically named Conservative and Unionist Party which is now indistinguishable from Farage’s Brexit Party with same single self-destructive policy.

Margaret Phelps


This is just not funny

Nigel Farage would “pick up a rifle” if Brexit wasn’t delivered. He made the comments two years ago at a private function in Southampton.

Obviously, if it had been a comedian who was making a joke, during the broadcast of a comedy show, that was then deliberately misconstrued as an incitement to violence then we would waste no time investigating the matter – but as this was Nigel Farage at a political rally he’s pretty much allowed to say whatever he likes.”

Andrew Nutt


Great weekend of musical variety

I had a wonderful weekend filled with musical variety and I would like to share my experiences with you.

On Saturday afternoon, it was a pleasure to make a piano performance of Chopin’s Etude Op25 Nr.12 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of performing at this magnificent all-Steinway college.

Later, I watched Elton John’s concert at Cardiff City Stadium and enjoyed listening and dancing to his fabulous music. This rock concert was a lovely contrast to the classically styled concert I made myself at the college. I look forward to having similar experiences.

Aled Thomas


We need to look at wage structure

Whilst many people are more than willing to jump up and down and complain about the salaries paid to politicians it seems they are oblivious to the extortionate amounts paid to some public service employees. For example the Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board.

The Chief Exec is paid – I hesitate to use the word earns – around £170,000 a year plus benefits. For this princely sum she has presided over a maternity service that is now in special measures; waiting lists for all manner of procedures and operations that show no signs of shortening; a reorganisation that has seen vital services taken out of the Royal Glamorgan and staff shortages that have led to problems for staff and patients across the board.

Is it any wonder that there have been calls for her to resign?

Meanwhile the chair of the Health Board is sitting pretty on approximately £60,000 a year for a job that was advertised as a part time, 15 day a month post. That is almost twice the average salary of a midwife. Average salary mind, many earn less.

It is about time someone took a serious look at the wage structures in the public sector, and at least ensure that if someone is being paid that sort of salary then they are earning it.

Karen Roberts

RCT Welsh Lib Dems