There used to be an argument as part of the climate change debate that we would damage ourselves economically if we moved too fast ahead of the rest of the world.
What about the moral and reputational damage we are now doing to ourselves by lagging so far behind the rest of the world, thanks to the Prime Minister's antediluvian head-in-the-sand personal prejudices? And that's not just on renewable energy - the same goes for gender equality and the status of public broadcasting, to name but two.
He seems to have hypnotised his caucus into silent complicity. Can someone please break the spell, and soon, before even more harm is done?
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.