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No ban on Lawson

Sir: You write that the BBC 'has effectively banned' Lord Lawson from items on climate change unless introduced with 'a statement discrediting his views' (Leading article, 12 July). There's a lot of muddled reporting of this story. Lord Lawson hasn't been in any sense 'banned', and the Editorial Complaints Unit finding didn't suggest that he shouldn't take part in future items. It found fault with the way the Today  item was handled in two respects: firstly that it presented Lord Lawson's views on the science of global warning as if they stood on the same footing as those of Sir Brian Hoskins, and secondly that it didn't make clear to listeners that Lord Lawson represented a minority view. There is also no ban on other non-scientists discussing climate change. The BBC is absolutely committed to impartial and balanced coverage on this complex issue. Our position remains exactly as it was -- we accept that there is broad scientific agreement on climate change and we reflect this accordingly. We do, however, on occasion offer space to dissenting voices where appropriate as part of the BBC's overall commitment to impartiality.

Fran Unsworth Deputy director, BBC News and Current Affairs

Happy valleys

 

Sir: If there is one thing the English enjoy, it is a 'bad news' story about Wales, especially if written by a Welshman, and Mr Gage does us proud ('The betrayal of Wales', 12 July). I went to a comprehensive school too: Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog. I left that school with eleven GCEs and went on to train as a teacher at Bangor Normal College (Wales).

I recently retired, after nearly 50 years of overseas service, to my birthplace: Beddgelert, a small village near Caernarfon. In December 2012 I was diagnosed with blood clots on both lungs and was admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. I received excellent care and attention, and after several months on Warfarin and regular follow-up visits, was given the all-clear.

In the last two months I have had cataracts on both eyes removed and the lenses replaced by artificial ones at Bangor. There were no complications, the surgeon was superb, his support staff kindness itself.  My local GP's surgery is based in nearby Porthmadog (Y Feddygfa Wen) -- I receive excellent service from all the staff there and cannot praise them enough.

To conclude, I will quote a Birmingham man who now lives in Beddgelert: 'I came to Wales to get away from immigrants, to enjoy a pleasant environment and to live among friendly people.'

John Christopher Williams

Beddgelert, Caernarfon

Lower berth

Sir: Jeremy Clarke regularly provides you with the best column of the week. Surely you can provide the poor man with the expenses for a berth at a decent hotel when he makes the considerable effort to attend your parties from his base in Devon (12 July)? Or would that compromise his integrity as the Low Life columnist? …

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