Ransomware attack on NHS

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We live in an age in which random acts of evil are commonplace but for pure wickedness the recent shutdown of the NHS computer systems by means of a ransomware attack takes some beating.

Our harsh financially- driven system of summary justice sees fit to hang out to dry perfectly nice people for the most trivial of accidental oversights.

For example, inadvertently allowing a fag end to fall from one’s fingers on to the pavement could cost you an arm and a leg.

Or applying marginally too much pressure to the accelerator pedal on the wrong stretch of highway could see you banned from the roads.

Failing to vacate a parking spot at the prescribed time could see your bank account plundered.

Or heaven forefend, allowing words judged to be “politically incorrect” to escape your lips while in the wrong company could cost you your job and much more.

So it follows, by the simple logic of proportionality, that any worthless parasite that deems it socially acceptable to shut down the NHS by means of a ransomware attack, with total disregard for its effect on patients, should be treated to a punishment of such terrifying medieval savagery as to make the throat slitters of Raqqa blanche.

That is if they are brought to book, a possibility which seems highly remote, unlike in my previous examples.

Gary Crosby

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What about a school?

So they are submitting plans to Rotherham Council for yet another large shopping centre.

May I ask when they are going to build a school?

By the time they get round to it, it will have to be three storeys high.

And why should village schools keep having to take in their children from Waverley when a new school was promised?

Yours disgustedley P Siddall

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Mornings are much better

Congratulations to you for removing from our airwaves the oaf known as Toby Foster.

How much better the morning programme is without this arrogant, argumentative idiot.

We now have a constructive and informative discussion without the base arrogance previously displayed.

Thank you to the current presenters for making our mornings better.



Better in Derbyshire

Well said Justyn T of Dronfield Woodhouse in your letter regarding EBW’s visit to Dronfield. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

I live a bit further on from you in Old Whittington and had 60+ years of life in Sheffield and have a much better life here in ‘old-fashioned’ Derbyshire.



Curb tax avoidance

Capping energy costs and four more bank holidays a year are all very well but I want to vote for the Political Party that will make a serious attempt to curb the blatant tax avoidance perpetrated by many companies and highly paid individuals.

We should change corporation tax to a turnover tax for all companies doing business in the UK whether they are based here or a PO box in Timbuktu . It may well be that something of the order of 1 per cent would be sufficient.

At present some companies load their balance sheets with spurious expenses purely to reduce or wipe out profits.

Then there are the highly paid individuals who have their “tax-efficient schemes” and the ones who turn themselves into private companies, draw “living expenses” – tax-free presumably then take out a loan from the company, default and have it written off as a bad debt.

If the “company” has any money left at the end of the financial year they presently pay corporation tax on part of that amount. I think that this is basically how it works.

They should be made to pay 40 per cent of their income as soon as it is received direct to the Exchequer and at the end of the financial year their accountants can argue for reasonable expenses.

If the tax system could be altered on similar lines to this I am sure that we would have the money needed for the NHS, police and all the council services that are being run down or lost. Then the rest of us who are unable to avoid PAY. will be able to stop thinking that we are the only ones paying any tax.

Derrick Scholey

Jordanthorpe, Sheffield

It’s rather ironic

I would like the opportunity to respond to a couple of points contained in B Heatons letter, May 11, “Running the country”.

To accuse the Tories of publishing an election poster 1964 stating “If you want a coloured man living next door to you vote Labour” is not only incorrect but political libel.

This so-called poster seems to “do the rounds” on social media whenever immigration or race is mentioned.

However, it was in fact a leaflet that appears to have no ‘imprint’ as required by law and is poorly constructed.

It seems to be just a lazy idle way to show the Tories as inherently racist.

The origins were not Tory central office but some people would like it to have been.

For further information and more facts on this I suggest you read Lewis Baston, the political author’s writings on the subject.

As for the naming the Tories as “The nasty Party” there is nothing nastier than the ugly face of the left when attempting to get a point over, usually by spewing out name calling and venom as if this re-enforces the argument in some way.

In reality it only serves to prove a lack of decent vocabulary, rather like swearing.

This discourteous trait does not seem to appear in those of other political persuasions.

My final point, as mentioned by B Heaton, was about having been born during the war years and remembering rationing and austerity.

Well I am also from that same period in history and seem to remember the cause of that problem at the time was Germany.

Isn’t it rather ironic that they are now the main instigators in the push towards a Federal Europe.

Jan Pederson


Over the hills and far away

Ref. to J Grayson, Star letters, May 13, I’ll drive when I want to.

Here’s hoping she does, (over the hills and far away).

Give us all a rest for a while.

Gerry Leckey

Longley Farm View, Sheffield, S5