Canterbury wails

From: Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

DOES anyone else find the Archbishop of Canterbury as irritating as I do?

His New Year message (Yorkshire Post, January 2) about “giving up on young people” following the Bishop of London’s absurd interaction with St Paul’s “camping club” was quite offensive.

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I have spent a considerable amount of time and money over the years working with young people in the field of sport, particularly rugby football, as do thousands of others across the country. We do though help children who are prepared to help themselves.

What has the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Bishop of London ever done? Where is their parish priest experience? What do they ever do except whinge and issue banalities from the comfort of their palaces?

What we need is some old fashioned leadership. Some muscular Christianity. Can I beg Her Majesty next time around to insist on a new archbishop with a track record of hands on clerical work, rather than hands wrung?

Top-flight help

From: Brian Waslidge, Rotherham.

I FRACTURED my hip in a fall on Filey beach on December 27. In no time, I was surrounded by other holidaymakers, some of whom turned out to be members of the medical profession.

They supported me and contacted an RAF helicopter which whisked me to nearby Scarborough hospital. An operation took place the following day. The NHS doctors, nurses and staff were wonderful. They soon had me on crutches and home by New Year’s Eve.

I am doing fine and no praise is high enough for all these Good Samaritans.