Leave monarchy out of the hospital argument

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From: Dennis Whitaker, Baildon, Shipley.

I AGREE with comments made by Malcolm Naylor concerning the closure of the Leeds children’s heart unit (Yorkshire Post, July 9). I believe the decision was wrong and that it is only a matter of time before it costs a life, but is it really necessary to bring the monarchy into the argument?

Whether you live in a democracy under a monarch or whatever form of democracy a republic will allow, there is always a cost.

The recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations are testament to the Queen’s popularity. Her service to the country is second to none.

Princess Anne’s workload is legendary and in recent broadcasts by Prince Charles, especially in Scotland where he has used his good offices to raise millions for the restoration of a historic house, thus creating a business and work for some unemployed people, in his own words, your are dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t.

The two Princes were not given their wings, they earned them and while Prince Andrew has earned the nickname, Airmiles Andy, he, too, put his life on the line in the Falklands war along with the rest of our servicemen and women.

There are many areas where waste is prevalent, for instance, why does the MoD require 23,000 employees when Israel does it with about 430?

From: Kevin Wilson, Cottingley Grove, Cottingley, Leeds.

AS much as I enjoy Malcolm Naylor’s rants (and even agree in part) he does himself no service by ending his letters with “the answer lies not in the ballot box but in our own hands. It’s time to start using them to tear down the citadels of the Establishment”.

This is the sort of rhetoric I was using as a teenager. How does he propose we do this?