'My scooter is allowed on road'

SIR – To those rude and impatient drivers on the evening of Sunday, June 18, who felt the need to verbally abuse me because I was on my mobility scooter on the road: this is why I was where I was.

1. Because I can. I am taxed and insured. Are you?

2. There was so much broken glass on the paths I would have had four punctures within 50 metres.

3. There were so many cars parked on the path by selfish and thoughtless drivers who seem to think the path is an extension to their drive. They blocking access for pedestrians, and those with pushchairs or scooters.

So have a bit of common decency. It might be you or yours one day, and think before you park!

Also, any mindless idiots who think it’s clever to smash bottles on the path on the way home from the pub should consider the consequences if a toddler falls over.

Yvonne Carter


'So difficult to report crime'

SIR – Perhaps one of the reasons why there is a lack of community spirit in our society is that the authorities make it so very difficult.

Today I tried to report a car which had its window smashed with glass all over the road.

The police told me they could not act because I was not the registered keeper of the vehicle and referred me to the council.

The council informed me I had to report the matter on line which proved difficult as I was on my way to work at the time.

Of course, people should take responsibility for their community, but surely the authorities have a role to play in engaging with people rather than hiding behind their procedural processes.

Jane Moorhouse


'Brexit talks’ awful start'

SIR – So Michel Barnier and his team calmly rolled David Davis and his fellow brave Brits over in the opening minutes of the first half of Brexit negotiations on Monday, while observers relayed the embarrassing climbdown.

Barnier says UK and EU have agreed to two-phase exit – divorce then future relations. No parallel trade talks, and the agenda as the EU had decided.

David Davis’ so-called ‘row of the summer’ as suggested by him one month ago, did not last until lunch the first day of negotiations. Davis had told anyone who would listen that he’d stand firm on this. He folded.

The old misapprehension – that somehow individual member states could be picked off, might be amenable to intervening on our behalf. They can’t, and they aren’t.

Then, just to add to the humiliation, Michel Barnier left his foot in the tackle.

Davis didn’t even seem to realise he had agreed to making the terms of the financial settlement a priority, as he hadn’t bothered to mention it once despite being repeatedly pressed on it.

“We need to remain calm,” Barnier said menacingly. Here was the deal. The EU hadn’t made any concessions because it hadn’t needed to. It was the UK that wanted to leave the EU, not the EU who had wanted to leave the UK.

He had warned that there would be trouble if Britain left the EU, and if the Brits were stupid enough to go through with it, then they deserved everything they got.

It wasn’t about the EU punishing the UK – it was just that the consequences of leaving the EU would inevitably be punishing.

If this is how good the UK negotiating team is – I’d fully expect us to be using the euro by next Monday.

Krister Halvorsen


'Big egos sent a message'

SIR - The outcome of the general election isn’t all bad news.

Theresa May obviously made a bad judgement by calling a snap election.

Haven’t we all at some time or another made a bad choice?

It brought down at least three most odious inflated egos – Alex Salmond, Nichola Sturgeon and Tony Blair.

I hope he now sails off into the sunset to enjoy his millions, never to be seen or heard of again.

Whether other voters made a wrong choice remains to be seen. The future isn’t in our hands.

I wish to send best of British luck to Theresa May and pray that our wonderful country will stand united and pull together. United we prevail and divided we fall.

While on the subject – if the election was lost partly by greedy pensioners (rich ones I’m writing about), because they didn’t want to lose their winter fuel allowance it doesn’t say much about some of the old folk in this country.

I totally agree that mostly the very needy should receive the benefits.

B Matthews


'Road surface work havoc'

SIR – The last three days there has been road resurfacing to Kenwood Avenue, Worcester.

This has been a nightmare to people in the road and all the roads off Kenwood Avenue.

People living in the road was not notified this was going to happen so they could get there cars off there drives before the road was dug up and the work started at 7am.

It would have been nice for the council to have contacted residents.

Keith Sellwood