Author: amitcham

  • Giving Shape to my Misgivings

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 15th July 2024 ### Dear Editor, Bravo to Simon Jenkins: The assessment that he makes of the NATO summit (The Guardian, 15th July 2024, link below) and of the attitude of political leaders (e.g. Keir Starmer) corresponds exactly to my view. So why can’t I express this view amongst…

  • One more Point

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 15th July 2024 ###Dear Editor, I read Kate Connolly’s piece on the state of Germany’s railways (The Guardian, 15th July 2024, link below) and strongly agree. Years of under-investment (partly caused by botched and patchy attempts to privatise the network in the early 2000s) have left the service in…

  • Arthur Watkins

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Observer, 14 July 2024 ### Dear Editor, I read Robin McKie’s piece on the seed-collection of the plant-scientist Arthur Watkins and was fascinated (The Observer, 14th July 2024, link below). Indeed, yes, it is excellent that Mr Watkins took the initiative and stored those strains of wheat. But when it…

  • Hydrogen Dreams

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 13th July 2024 ### Dear Editor, German press (Tagesschau, link below) announced that Germany is signing contracts for the supply of “green” hydrogen from Egypt with the plan being to import 250 thousand tonnes of “green” ammonia from next year onward. The contract has been signed with Fertiglobe, a…

  • Digital Exclusion … as a reason for 5G?

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 12th July 2024 ###Dear Editor, I read Emma Sheppard’s piece on digital exclusion (The Guardian, 3rd July 2024, link below) and for me it was a perfect example of reasons why we should be putting the brakes on rampant digitalisation … rather than encouraging it! In the article we…

  • Blinkered Binarism

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 24th June 2024 ### Dear Editor, I read various articles in The Guardian by Jillian Ambrose and Jasper Jolly on heat pumps (links below) and really think that this over-emphasis on one solution is missing the point. For me, these articles are examples of “blinkered binarism”, something which seems…

  • Kaliberexperten

    ### Letter to Guardian Journalists, 3rd May 2024 ###*** Kate Connolly, Jon Henley, Lisa O’Carroll, Georg Schwarte, President Steinmeier, Kanzler Scholz, Taurus *** Dear Kate, dear Jon, dear Lisa, As the Ukraine war drags on into a third year one particular commentary (on the official German news platform “Tagesschau”) filled me with consternation … https://www.tagesschau.de/kommentar/steinmeier-ukraine-kaliber-experten-100.html…

  • AfD … and Ursula von der Leyen

    ### Letter to Ajit Niranjan of The Guardian, 2nd May 2024 ### Dear Ajit, Following your video-report in The Guardian on the AfD, I thought you might be interested to listen to this Tagesschau report … https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/europa/eu-libanon-fluechtlingsdeal-100.html Yes, Ursula von der Leyen is visiting Lebanon* to offer them hundreds of millions of Euros to “hold…

  • The AfD

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 1st May 2024 ###*** Ajit Niranjan *** Dear Editor, I watched Ajit Niranjan’s report on the rise of the AfD in Saxony (and Green activists in Munich, link below) and felt that I needed to add a facet to the discussion … I am a passionate European and environmentalist,…

  • Blind Spot

    ### Reader’s Letter to The Guardian, 28th May 2024 ###*** Lili Bayer, Azerbaijan, Georgia, EU *** Dear Editor, The Guardian (e.g. Lili Bayer, Europe Live, The Guardian, 28th May 2024) has been reporting on the unrest in Georgia with most of the reports accompanied by pictures of masses of Georgian, EU and combined Georgia/EU flags…