Express & Star

Peter Rhodes on tourist taxes, the Iron Dome and the tangled issue of loyalty

Cities all over the world are introducing tourist taxes to get a grip on numbers while making a tidy profit. Trippers to Venice pay five euros (£4.27) entry fee. Why, you may ask, does Britain not do the same? The answer is that for many years, resorts around the British coast have operated schemes to part tourists from large sums of money, while offering virtually nothing in return.

How much for an Iron Dome?

The strange thing about these establishments is that the more the punters give, the more they want to give. We call them amusement arcades.

As the national conversation turns to the possibility of conscription and military service, comments by two of my readers bear repeating.