SIR – Due to the effects of Storm Arwen we lost power to our house last Friday evening, and it was only restored on Monday morning. During those 60 hours we were also without mobile phone signal or landline (as our phone was recently upgraded to a digital line).
Our only link to the outside world was a longwave radio. All this coincided with the coldest weather of the winter so far, with temperatures of -5C and snowfall on Sunday.
Throughout the power outage we were able to keep warm with our wood burner, and fed thanks to our gas hob. Several neighbours have houses in which every appliance runs off electricity and they had a horrible time. One neighbour’s air-source heat pump was rendered useless by the lack of electricity.
Had I owned an electric car I would have been confined to the house all weekend as I would not have been able to recharge it after using it on Friday.
The Government may believe that the future lies in all-electric devices powered by renewables, but I will not be giving up my wood burner under any circumstances.
SIR – “Utter tat” architecture is invading even our finest and oldest cities (report, November 25).
The centre of historic Chester is currently suffering new buildings of no architectural merit whatsoever: brutal glass blocks that could have been designed by a 10-year-old child with a ruler and an understanding of parallel lines. This 1960s retro horror is under construction in the heart of a walled city of splendid Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian heritage.
If Chester is not safe from such vandalism, where is?
It’s in the title
SIR – Aberdeen University has issued a warning to its students that Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped (surely one of the best historical novels ever written) “concerns abduction” (report, November 29).
Could not their Department of Logic have saved them the trouble by pointing out that if the poor creatures cannot understand the book’s title, then clearly they are not in a position to read the book?
Future of Brexit
SIR – Nick Timothy (Comment, November 29) says that “Brexit was never going to be a neo-Thatcherite mission to shrink the state and turn Britain into a European Singapore”. Yet that is precisely why I and most Conservatives supported it.
Brexit can succeed, and endure, only if a low-tax, deregulated, pro-investment economic model based on free trade – such as the one outlined in the 2017 Conservative manifesto, co-authored by Mr Timothy – is swiftly adopted.
“The UK will be a global champion for an open economy, free trade, and a free flow of investment, ideas and information.” the manifesto said. “Poor and excessive regulation limits growth so we will continue to regulate more efficiently.”
I fear that the economic model adopted by the current Government – and seemingly supported by Mr Timothy – will reduce growth, restrict enterprise and trade, increase taxes, cut living standards and inevitably lead to the election of a government that takes the country back into the EU.
Game of thrones