Each week, we revisit the letters to the editor posted on the Birmingham Mail Opinion page.

This week we’re looking at July 31, 1991.

The idea of ​​King Kong is monstrous

I am shocked at the level of public support for the return of the cruelest of monstrosities, the King Kong Statue, to the Bull Ring.

The city has spent millions of pounds trying to project a cosmopolitan International Convention Center and, with all of Birmingham’s potential to become a true cultural center, some members of the city council are now keen to take a step back.

Does Birmingham really need that symbol of a low-budget, albeit second-rate imaginative Hollywood B image?

No, the people of Birmingham should start to expect more from their city center and its image, which was at an all-time low in the 1970s when this statue was first erected.

As far as I’m concerned, Edinburgh can keep it.

Stephen Halford, Lanchester Road, Kings Norton

I don’t know who is responsible for the idea of ​​bringing the King Kong statue back to the Bull Ring, but surely the time and money could be spent more usefully in hospitals, education, or something important.

King Kong certainly won’t improve Birmingham’s appearance, will it?

J Kent, Erdington

I’m sure the citizens of Birmingham would much prefer the money it cost to bring back King Kong to be spent on things like hospitals, roads and schools.

If this is a sample of the intelligence of Birmingham advisers, it is high time they were all replaced.

Ms CJ Taylor, Harborne

Leave the Irish alone Molly!

I cannot agree with Molly Blake’s comments regarding the quality of Irish programming (Mail, July 24).

The smuggling fraternity in Murderer Hoarty’s pub was far from a boring bunch, and I found the murder victim’s antics with cats to be a lot of fun before he too followed the birds into oblivion.

I suggest Molly Blake get a taste of the Irish way of life by traveling behind the steam locomotive in the bar car, of course, or learning to play the violin in Donegal.

She may then be in a better position to write about Ireland and Irish film productions.

Irish stories like Murder in Eden may well be whimsical, but that’s what Ireland is. I certainly look forward to more episodes.

Jean A Cevan


Normally, Molly Blake is a fun TV correspondent, but she should learn to control her personal biases.

She should also learn that there is a difference between being controversial and genuinely offensive.

For decades the Irish living in this country have been deprived of programs about their own country and their own culture and now, when a few do arise, Molly Blake sees fit to launch into a tirade about an “invasion” of “l ‘Irish”.

Dr. Minte, Edgbaston


As a television critic, Molly Blake has every right to criticize a program for its lack of quality or poor content, but condemning programs for their “Irish” sounds like racism to me.

PM Casey, Stechford


Molly Blake’s rude and deeply offensive comments have no place in a town where thousands of educated and hardworking Irish people have made their living.

It seems that she has become the victim of stereotypical attitudes. We are not all bombers or terrorists.

Mrs P O’Garman, Chrimsley Wood


Racism is alive and well, as evidenced by Molly Blake’s vitriolic critiques of recent Irish-themed TV shows.

Mary Lang, Sheldon

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