Postbag: 'Neigh' to you, Crutch

Re: ''They're flogging a dead horse in Europe'' (Sunday Post, Feb 17).

The Old Crutch is right when he says, ''But in Britain people simple don't eat horses,'' referring to the current scandal of horse meat being sold in Europe.

But you need to uncurl your British stiff upper lip, Roger, for indeed the Brits, when push came to shove, certainly did eat horses.

My mother was English and during World War II she survived two direct doodlebug hits on successive houses she lived in.

During the height of the rationing regime forced upon wartime Britain, horse meat was regularly sold in butcher shops and there were long queues waiting to buy it, for unlike beef, lamb and pork, it was not rationed.

I clearly remember my mother telling me that she overcame her finer feelings and decided to go and buy some, but ran away in horror when she saw a delivery truck carrying the carcasses of two horses into the butcher's shop. So ''neigh'' to you, Roger.


Barking up right tree

In ''Lay down the law for dogs'' (BP, Feb 17), the Rayong dog lover hoped that Canadian dog protection laws could be applied in Thailand. I would be happy if Canadian laws for obtaining a driving licence could be adopted here. But it will never happen. I hope the Rayong dog lover has a dog or dogs of his own as there are so many stray animals deserving of a good home and they make some of the best pets one could hope for. I have four _ two from shelters and two from the streets _ and can attest to what loving and faithful pets they make. I came across a great quote by an unknown author which is appropriate here: ''Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for that animal their world is changed forever.''

Chon Buri

Campaign needs fresh air

Re: ''Futility at finish line in race for governor'' (BP, Feb 17).

Well, the show is on. The streets of Bangkok are now littered with posters of candidates promising to govern a city choked with traffic jams, toxic fumes, rotting garbage, congested sidewalks and rampant police corruption. The sheer number of banners and posters strung around the city is proof that the candidates running for the job of governor are not short of cash. If they are not rich, how can they put on such a massive show?

What is important is to find out what problems the winner would solve in his first 100 days in office. Voters should give him a deadline to solve other problems facing the city.

As a foreigner, I am not entitled to vote, but it would be nice to elect a person who can at least harmonise the city administration and make it his first priority to deal with the most serious health hazard _ air pollution.

If not, we will all be paying for oxygen canisters just to breathe and live a bit longer in the Land of Smiles. If it can happen in Beijing or Tokyo, it will happen here in Bangkok very soon.


Pour all folly down sink

Re: ''Thais pay rice folly price'' (PostBag, Feb 15). Vint Chavala suggests a new Pheu Thai motto, ''Thaksin thinks, Pheu Thai acts, Thailand goes bust''. Sorry Khun Vint, that's too long for a motto. Make it short and simple: ''Thaksin thinks, Thailand sinks.'' That would cover a multitude of sins, not just rice folly.


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