Uncommonly sensible

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From: Allan Davies, Heathfield Court, Grimsby.

LETTERS from Mr Hartford and Mr Whitaker (Yorkshire Post, February 19) remind me of Bertrand Russell’s views on common sense.

He said first, that it was a highly unscientific concept, and second that even in the standard use it was an uncommon commodity.

These remarks were said to have been made when he was addressing a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.

Where are 
the Greens?

From: Alan Chapman, Beck Lane, Bingley.

This week, political commentators and the Westminster village have been cogitating over the result of the by-election to replace the disgraced Chris Huhne in Eastleigh.There are 14 candidates, the usual suspects and a host of no-hopers, but with one significant absentee. The Green Party are not contesting the event – is it that they cannot afford the deposit?

Ratings have 
no credit

From: David Bentley, Pickering.

So, Britain’s credit rating has been downgraded. This begs the question as to who issues these ratings, and if they’re so darned clever, why did they not foresee the worst financial disaster since the war?

Next instalment: ditto for the Bank of England.

An old joke

From: Michael Dennis, Laverton, Ripon.

The Italians have been voting for a “comedian” – so what’s new?