SIR – Roundabouts are a good and simple way to allow traffic to flow (Letters, August 13). The rules are simple: if you’re on one, you have right of way.
While the latest innovation in Cambridge – the “Dutch-style” roundabout – has its good points, it is also very complicated. Roundabouts should not be traffic-signal controlled – any traffic-flow adjustment on converging roads should be made well before the roundabout.
SIR – To encourage more cycling, it is certainly worth testing ideas developed in the Netherlands (Comment, August 12), but we should not fixate on physical solutions.
From my experience of cycling in Washington, DC, it is the courtesy and discipline of all road users, as much as the excellent infrastructure, that makes cycling there so pleasant.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
SIR – Last week my wife rang our GP. After seven minutes of recorded messages she gave up, having not even managed to speak to a receptionist.
On the same day, Bertie, the labrador, swallowed his teeth-cleaning finger pad. The vet surgery answered on the second ring and the nurse sought guidance from the vet, who advised either letting nature take its course or bringing him in so they could make him sick. We decided on the latter, took him in immediately and were back home within an hour. Yes, it cost £150, but the NHS is hardly free.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
A muddled PM
SIR – Allister Heath (Comment, August 13) highlights Britain’s failings compared with Sweden’s performance in the Covid fiasco, but why are we still in such a mess?
I welcomed Boris Johnson as a strong leader after Theresa May’s dismal performance on Brexit, but what have we got instead? A muddled leader who makes pronouncements and then goes back on them; who listens to science but not logic, and who instils fear in people rather than the confidence needed to get the country out of the current catastrophe.
Deaths from Covid are now insignificant compared with those resulting from the virtual closure of the NHS to people with other diseases. Businesses are being ruined every day that senseless restrictions continue. Prospects for the young deteriorate while education is on hold.
Come on, Mr Johnson: get a grip.
SIR – F P Forbes (Letters, August 13) says that the lockdown was motivated by panic on the part of the Prime Minister.
Bearing in mind that, when it broke out, Covid-19 was an unknown virus, the Government decided reasonably to be led by “the science”. As the pandemic unfolded, scientists advised ministers that, if left unchecked, the virus could result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
What politician would ignore that? We should refrain from placing blame until all the facts are known and the pandemic is under control.
SIR – My former energy supplier, Eon, persuaded me to replace my old simple gas and electric meters with smart meters (Letters, August 12). That worked well until I did what we are encouraged to do – that is, to shop around for a cheaper supplier.
I switched to EDF, then discovered that my meter is not that smart, and EDF can’t receive its signals. I therefore have to take readings myself again, which I eventually found out involves pressing nine (six for gas), waiting for the screen to scroll through a list of numbers, and writing down the reading when it appears. When will smart meters get smart?
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire