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‘It’s full steam ahead for Great British Railways - so will trains run in the national interest?’

‘It’s full steam ahead for Great British Railways - so will trains run in the national interest?’

Could the government’s vision for our railways signal a new era for public transport and train travel in this country, asks our columnist?

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‘Labour didn't win the general election - the Tories lost it’

‘Labour didn't win the general election - the Tories lost it’

Labour’s victory, electoral reform, our over-reliance on imports and building on farmland are among the topics tackled on this week’s letters page.

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‘Why Kent could learn a thing or two from Cornwall’

‘Why Kent could learn a thing or two from Cornwall’

While holidaying in Cornwall, Secret Thinker considers why our south-west counterparts have been “far more successful” in attracting tourists.

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‘A lack of cash is turning education and our schools into a business’

‘A lack of cash is turning education and our schools into a business’

A lack of cash is turning education and schools into businesses, fears our columnist, when they should be in nothing but the business of education.

‘They say politics and sport don’t mix - but imagine outcry if PM missed Euro final and we’d won’

‘They say politics and sport don’t mix - but imagine outcry if PM missed Euro final and we’d won’

Political editor Paul Francis examines how affiliation with teams or athletes can work in politicians’ favour - and when it can go drastically wrong.

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‘I got punched by Sir Geoff Hurst’

‘I got punched by Sir Geoff Hurst’

Our columnist recalls getting bashed by a 1966 World Cup hero and a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson in Kent.

‘With the Conservatives decimated, the far-right are ready to rush into the void’

‘With the Conservatives decimated, the far-right are ready to rush into the void’

After the Conservatives’ bruising defeat, Melissa Todd outlines her hopes for the new government - and what the rise of Reform could mean in future.

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‘New PM has monumental task ahead of him - and if he keeps promises, it’ll be a first’

‘New PM has monumental task ahead of him - and if he keeps promises, it’ll be a first’

With the general election behind us, this week’s letters page tackles topics including electoral reform, apathy and challenges facing the government.

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‘Should we call out racist attitudes of our elders? Or be more tolerant ourselves?’

‘Should we call out racist attitudes of our elders? Or be more tolerant ourselves?’

Older people can sometimes spout ‘un-PC’ sentiments that make the youth of today wince - but should their views be challenged, asks Secret Thinker…

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‘Labour wants homes on the grey-belt but how do you control the green land released?’

‘Labour wants homes on the grey-belt but how do you control the green land released?’

Labour proposes homes on the ‘grey belt’ but - asks our columnist - what will stop landowners letting their green land deteriorate so they can sell?

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‘What now for decimated Conservative Party? Could it merge with Reform?’

‘What now for decimated Conservative Party? Could it merge with Reform?’

The Conservatives will be taking stock after a battering at the polls - so what now for the slimmed-down party, asks Paul Francis.

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‘Don’t be fooled - they’re vicious killers’

‘Don’t be fooled - they’re vicious killers’

Our columnist reflects on finding his pets mauled to death by a regular visitor to our gardens.

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‘Voting is important but we should have option for none of the above’

‘Voting is important but we should have option for none of the above’

The general election, freedom of speech, taxing the rich, catapult laws and smoking are among topics tackled on this week’s letters page.

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‘It’s no wonder we can’t handle the heat - we’re not equipped to in this country’

‘It’s no wonder we can’t handle the heat - we’re not equipped to in this country’

Summer finally (and briefly) arrived last week, along with a whole lot of moaning - but Secret Thinker says there’s a reason we can’t handle the heat.

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‘An amnesty for lockdown breakers would be an insult to all those who stuck to the rules’

‘An amnesty for lockdown breakers would be an insult to all those who stuck to the rules’

Calls from some Conservatives for a Covid fine amnesty has angered our columnist, who says it shows disregard for all those who stuck to the rules.

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'Labour cautious about winning Kent seats after surprise defeat of 1992'

'Labour cautious about winning Kent seats after surprise defeat of 1992'

Despite polls indicating huge victories for Labour, it’s never a good look for politicians to be overly confident about results, writes Paul Francis.

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‘Litter makes our seaside towns resemble the aftermath of Glastonbury’

‘Litter makes our seaside towns resemble the aftermath of Glastonbury’

As the sun shines, our coastal towns are bracing for another wave of rubbish to be left - but are we forgetting one significant culprit?

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‘Choices on polling day are dire - it’s a case of voting for which party will be least bad’

‘Choices on polling day are dire - it’s a case of voting for which party will be least bad’

With one week to go until the general election, readers give their views on the choices on offer on polling day in this week’s letters to the editor.

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