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Letter: Flack is just a matter of geography; LORD JONES.

Byline: CHRIS YOUETT

Dear Editor, All the hot air currently being generated by the London media over the appointment of Digby, Lord of Birmingham as a Government Trade Minister misses the point by a mile (MPs blast Digby in baptism of fire, Post July 17).

Much of this flack is only because Digby hails from (gasp) north of Watford. I assume most of his critics have had to look up the West Midlands on their school atlases to find out where it is.

Digby isn't the first Minister to join a government but not hold the relevant party card (was Lord Beaverbrook a card-carrying Tory?).

If they want to give Digby a kicking for something which he does deserve it should be his poor speech on nuclear power. Sorry Digby, but for all his many, many sins, the issue Blair did get right was Labour's long-overdue investment in nuclear fusion technology. This is what the UK should have put its money into. Our love affair with fission is only down to the fact that it is a quick and dirty way of generating military grade plutonium.

It is a matter of deep regret Digby's maiden speech concentrated on the former, rather than the latter.

CHRIS YOUETT Coventry
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 18, 2007
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