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THE news that Willenhall Social club had booked so-called comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown for not one, but two shows, is very disappointing (Oct 4).

I was always led to believe that social clubs were for family entertainment, not a place for vile, offensive views to be promoted.

Does Coventry really need this sort of dated entertainment? We will be UK City of Culture in 2021 and yet this club is happily playing host to this man and his vile show. I have called the club to let them know that Coventry does not need this sort of 'entertainment', and I hope the council and the licensing committee bears this in mind when they apply to renew their licence.

Phyllis N Bembridge Ball Hill Common sense as horse fair is axed AFTER years of disruption, it would appear common sense has finally prevailed and the Kenilworth Horse Fair has been axed (Oct 3).

I doubt if this will bring to an end to illegal traveller campsites but it will hopefully help. It will be interesting to see if the number of travellers to the area decreases over the coming years.

I'm sure that there are people who will be disappointed that the decision to axe the fair has been made. To the many council taxpayers and people directly affected by illegal encampments, there will be a sense of relief and victory. R Goodfellow Leaf Lane Close collaboration needed to stay safe IN an unprecedented development, British and Dutch authorities have accused four members of Russia's GRU military intelligence unit of trying to infiltrate the inquiry into the Salisbury poisoning.

It is a long time since I was involved, as a Foreign Service officer, in security issues of any kind. And I cannot forecast the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations, but this surely confirms the necessity for close collaboration on security matters with partners in the EU and beyond. The very first requirement for a successful career or a happy private life is simple; staying alive.

Councillor David Skinner (Con) Westwood ward Examine possible role of the Empire BEFORE we all fall head-over-heels for P Wilson's (Oct 4) contention that "in the Commonwealth we have elements of a strong federation that would function as a world economic and political power", perhaps we should read The Empire's New Clothes, Philip Murphy's new book.

Among other things, the book does much to counter the widespread claim that the Commonwealth can be an alternative to the European Union in post-Brexit Britain's global role.

Mind you, I personally doubt whether a well-argued case made by a Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Professor of British and Commonwealth History and joint editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, all of which Murphy is or has been, counts for much when you compare it with the strong instincts - if that's what they are - of any of the Brexiteers that one is likely to encounter these days.

Kevin Cryan Radford Respect must be earned, Mrs May THERESA May struck a defiant tune after her humiliation in Salzberg - but this was a piece of posturing by a plastic Margaret Thatcher tribute act.

The synthetic anger at Brussels was meant to cover her failer to sell her Chequers plan and to save her skin ahead of the Tory conference.

She may have bought time but no amount of bombastic language will disguise the fact that her Brexit proposals are going nowhere.

The Prime Minister needs to stop pandering to the Tory right and focus on a Brexit that protects jobs, business and workers rights.

Mrs May called for Brussels to show respect. She will earn it when she puts the national interest ahead of the Conservative party.

Andy McDonald Tile Hill


Roy 'Chubby' Brown

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 9, 2018
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