x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Man City gets it right on Tevez

Even a Manchester United supporter sides with Man City management against Carlos Tevez. Other letters today deal with capitalism, giving blood, Haditha, corruption, and Indian schools.

A reader has little sympathy with Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez, centre. Michael Regan / Getty Images
A reader has little sympathy with Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez, centre. Michael Regan / Getty Images

Frank Kane asks (Capitalism saw off USSR, now it needs to change or die, January 25) if capitalism can "get itself out of the mess it has created".

That's not a fair question. To say capitalism created the current world debt mess is like blaming a cigarette lighter for starting a fire.

The real problem is that for years politicians in many countries, influenced by powerful friends, trying to buy votes or both, have been playing favourites. They have created sets of rules - for banks, capital markets, lending, government debt and so on - that allow the lighter to be flicked near a pile of kindling.

The solution to the West's financial problems is not more state meddling in the economy, but less. That is, regulation must be sensible and well applied, but even-handed. Government financial engineering is a recipe for disaster.

Rob McKinnon, Abu Dhabi

Make it easier to give blood

I refer to Text bid to boost blood donations (January 25) and related stories.

Trying to support this cause, I called a prominent hospital to see when I could donate blood, and was told that the hospital is closed on Friday and Saturday. But most people work from Sunday to Thursday.

It's great to get Etisalat and others to send text messages, but the hospitals should be making it easier to donate by setting up mobile units at shopping malls more often, and being open on Saturdays.

Kourosh Dara, Dubai

Put Apple team in charge of US

How odd to think that Apple has almost as much cash on hand as the US government ($97.6bn fruits of Apple's labour, January 26).

I wish things were reversed. If a computer and mobile-phone company were wallowing in debt, and the US government were going from strength to strength, the world would be much better off. Maybe the two entities should switch management teams.

Jack Robinson, Dubai

Haditha was not just an accident

Your editorial Haditha verdict is an indictment of the US (January 26) was right but didn't go far enough.

In the same edition of The National, a news report (Marine defends Haditha deaths) quotes the one man who was so lightly scapegoated as saying he didn't really mean it when he filed a guilty plea. The slaughter was all just part of the tragedy of war.

"Even with the best intentions, sometimes combat actions can cause tragic results," said Staff Sgt Frank Wuterich. What a disgraceful rationalisation. What a contemptible cover-up.

Emil Daoud, Abu Dhabi

Man City is right about Tevez

As a staunch lifelong Manchester United supporter I would not normally take sides with rivals Manchester City.

But Richard Jolly's comment on the "pariah" Carlos Tevez (A stand for principles, January 25) hits the nail on the head. I commend the City board for their stance.

Sir Alex Ferguson (no fool he) has come down firmly on the side of the admirable Roberto Mancini - I suspect that the meddling of Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian had much to do with SAF's decision not to sign him.

Were Tevez still a United player, perhaps the top two places in the English Premier League would be reversed. Had he played regularly for City for the past three months, the title race might already have been won, with the prospect of more silverware to follow.

Caveat emptor.

Brian Warren, Abu Dhabi

Corruption fight is worth waging

Corruption purge a boost for Tunisia (January 26) was a reminder that in all poorly-governed countries, bribery, gatekeeping and embezzlement are an enormous brake on the economy.

A tone of corruption, once it sets in, drives up consumer prices, keeps out investment, and wipes out any sense of public duty or public spirit; if some people are profiteering with impunity, why shouldn't I do the same?

Corruption occurs in every setting but the fight against it is the duty of every government.

Thomas Huth, Dubai

School crisis does not help anybody

Thank you for reporting on the Indian schools crisis (Parents face 'disaster year' at Indian schools, January 26).

It is hard to understand how this crisis has come about.

Adec is certainly right to enforce safety rules, but the sudden abolition of places will not help anybody.

Name withheld by request