Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Your illustration “It’s capitalism ya eejits” (FT Weekend, 6 November) refers to the domestic political situation around the Australian coal industry (Report, October 27). And I imagine we are not alone in this.

Here, politicians, right and left, are shying away from the process of ending the industry that they must do if we are to make a serious contribution to eliminating coal production. At the same time, our mining communities have every right to expect a viable future.

It seems that carefully planned and guaranteed capital investment in alternative industries by the government (tax increases!) Is the rational way forward if we want to recognize the human dimension by protecting the future of the coal mining communities.

The alternative is to do nothing or turn our backs on the miners and their families as Margaret Thatcher did in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the struggle of Scott Morrison, our Prime Minister, on the world stage leaves one with a pessimistic view of this country’s ability to deal with the problem.

Pieter Thomas
Sydney, Australia

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