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tall back; Get in touch - tell us what you think Email: letters@birminghammail.co.uk Twitter: @birminghammail Facebook: facebook.com/birminghammail Post: Birmingham Mail, Floor 6, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, B24 9FF How we could do with someone like 'Winnie'.

A BRAVE and famous man once said: "We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans.

"We shall fight with growing confidence and strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.

"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds.

"We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills.

"WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER." Pity there isn't anyone like him in Government now - Sir Winston Churchill.

I support the decision to bomb Syria.

Whatever war there is or has been, civilians have been killed, but so were civilians in Paris recently, who did not ask for it, so where was the humanity in that by the people who caused the damage and all that loss of life? I would like to add that I think Jeremy Corbyn is a waste of space.

Mrs G Reynolds, Shard End Villa have still got a prayer IN reply to the article in the Mail on November 24 ('Now Villa are praying for a miracle'), I would suggest to the Rev Dr Bob that far from having spent 95 years having 'done no good at all', permit me to remind him of the (then) record seventh FA Cup win in 1957, the leaguetopping performance of the early eighties and the subsequent European Cup win the following year!

Admittedly not a great record since, but the team is still one of very few who have never been out of the Premiership since its inception (although a prayer or two would not seem amiss at the moment!).

Then there is the farcical suggestion that to 'earn' their 'free handouts', benefits claimants should clean the streets (Barbara Hobbins, Talkback).

Now hold on a second, if a person works for an increment or payment of some kind then surely the payment is not free.

At present the benefit is free because the claimant receives it without having to perform any tasks or jobs, other than actually claim.

If they are to be paid for street cleaning then they are no longer unemployed and cannot qualify for benefits.

Finally, I am in agreement with Peter Clarke, regarding the major cinema chains who are lately objecting to the Lord's Prayer being included in an advertisement that precedes the main feature, on the grounds that they do not want to be involved with 'religion', or so they would have us believe.

I would ask are these the same organisations that did not hesitate to show and earn phenomenal amounts of money from films like The Robe (which was the first 'Cinemascope' production and played to packed houses for years). Or such films as The Ten Commandments, Quo Vadis, Ben Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told and many, many other similar films? Or were these films not considered religious (as long as they earned lots of money?). Where were all the objectors and their objections then? Seems today that the PC brigade decide what we may or may not view. Or perhaps it is down to a lack of spine? JB Greenbert, Erdington Corbyn is better suited to poaching IF, like me, the general public wonder where Jeremy Corbyn came from, I think he was Seth Armstrong from Emmerdale, the poacher/gamekeeper.

If he cares about his party he should leave the House of Commons and become a poacher.

Brian Flavell by email Happy to see new look for eyesore THE Powergen building desperately needs to be re-developed. It has now become an eyesore having boarded-up windows and makes the rest of Shirley look tatty.

It is sad that it has been left to go to rack and ruin as I worked there for 14 years before they relocated to Coventry.

Plans for regeneration is good news now and would make the site more appealing, especially with the new Parkgate development.

I look forward to seeing it all when it is finished.

V Johnson, Shirley Committee gets the winter blues HAVING already acknowledged Ken Rushton's achievements in successfully securing a Sutton Coldfield Town Council, it's not my wish to be disingenuous, as a lot of planning and hard work has to be done if the SCTC is to be effective.

That said, I was amazed to read Roger Cotterill's synopsis of a Sutton Town Council steering group meeting which comes across as a Laurel and Hardy script.

Moreover, reading between the lines of Mr Cotterill's report, it comes across to me that the meeting appears to have an element of secrecy about it, which is hardly conducive to openness and transparency.

Maybe that meeting was a one-off blip but I sincerely hope it does not form the bedrock of what is to come.

Having said that, it hardly augurs well that 'three members of the committee never turned up.' Putting it mildly, it's my view that the three members failing to turn up at such an important meeting is hardly a coincidence.

I have to agree with Mr Cotterill, let's put the whole event down to the 'winter blues'.

Mike Butler, Wylde Green We need Salvation from prejudice WE should be grateful for the Salvation Army, says Peter Henrick (Letters, December 2).

Members of the LGBT community are probably not grateful for the Salvation Army. The Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, the manual used to train Salvation Army "soldiers" and members, includes several chapters that refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes an admonition that gay people should be put to death (verse 32).

While the Salvation Army do many noble things relieving the suffering of others, their religious dogmatism still spreads prejudice and iron age ignorance.

Eddie Sanders, Pheasey Estate 'Lost' Society may have run its course I NOTED Mrs JM Poole's letter and, as someone who had relations from all three services in both world wars, I am sure no lack of respect was meant with regard to the order of marching in the Knowle Remembrance parade.

One thing I did find incomprehensible, however, was at the wreath laying on the Sunday before Remembrance.

For as long as I can recall wreaths have been laid by local organisations yet this year when Knowle Society was called no-one appeared, just a slightly embarrassed shuffling of feet before the calling of the next wreath layer.

The Knowle Society wreath made a surreptitious appearance later in the week but as a longstanding member of Knowle Society I think it sad that no officer was sufficiently familiar with legend to make sure the status quo was observed.

Indeed, one wonders whether this Society 'Established to maintain the character of the village' has run its course.

Rob Brooke, Knowle Pro-EU campaign uses scare tactics A KEY argument of the pro-EU campaigners will be that the UK's national security would be threatened if we left the EU.

The reality is that we have given away control over our borders, human rights law, and our powers to fight crime and terrorism to the European Union and EU courts. This makes us less safe.

The recent head of Interpol said last month that 'Europe's openborder arrangement, which enables travel through 26 countries without passport checks or border controls, is effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists to execute attacks on the Continent and make their escape.' The EU has also failed to agree measures to tackle terrorism, such as sharing watchlists of airplane passengers across Europe so that countries know if convicted criminals and terror suspects have boarded a plane. Pro-EU campaigners want to scare you into voting to 'remain' - but the EU is incapable of responding quickly enough to evolving terror threats.

We will be safer if we take back control.

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Whatever war there is or has been, civilians have been killed, but so were civilians in Paris recently, who did not ask for it, so where was the humanity in that by the people who caused that loss of life? Mrs G Reynolds

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