Many readers would probably be shocked to learn that their money – as UK taxpayers – is helping to prop up a bank which is investing in companies which produce illegal weapons.
But that is exactly what is happening with Royal Bank of Scotland (including Nat West), a government-owned bank which last year gave a £48.8million loan to companies which help produce cluster bombs – weapons which the UK Government actually outlawed last year.
A nationwide opinion poll found that nearly eight out of ten people said RBS should be denied such investments.
Cluster bombs scatter dozens or hundreds of smaller sub-munitions over a wide area. They cannot distinguish between military targets and civilians. A third of all recorded cluster bomb casualties are children.
Amnesty International is urging RBS to stop using our money to make investments in companies that make illegal weapons. Visit www.amnesty.org.uk/clusterbombs
Graham Jones, Sheffield
Smell of hot tar
As I saw the road near me being resurfaced I recalled the time around 65 years ago when the road through our village was repaired. There was a lovely smell of runny, hot tar and the excitement of watching pebbles going down but then the best part was the steam roller flattening it all. I believe the same road technique is still in use today, but there isn’t a lot of traffic using it. I recall many things that happened then and wish they were still with us now. The 40s and 50s after the war was the best era to live in.