From: Peter Hyde, Kendale View, Driffield.
I HAVE tended to vote a little bit right of centre and have admired people like Churchill and Thatcher, who clearly had the interests of our once great country at heart.
David Cameron comes across as a wimpish man who does not have the courage to make an unpopular decision, such as Heathrow’s third runway (The Yorkshire Post), December 12) or cutting benefits to migrants, so why should I even remotely trust him on negotiations with the EU. He has shown no real desire to break away and I believe that the offer of a referendum was a mere ploy to garner votes at the two previous elections. I cannot imagine voting Labour under Jeremy Corbyn so where does that leave me at the next election?
From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.
THE closure of the UK’s last deep coal pit at Kellingley signals the end of an era for a once proud industry and its loyal workforce (The Yorkshire Post, December 11). A total of 24 pits closed in 1985, 16 in 1986 and a further 35 before 1990. Closures and destruction continued in the early 1990s after the Tories privatised what was left of a once great industry.
Mr Arthur Scargill was ridiculed and laughed at and called a liar when he warned us in the 1970s/80s and again in 1993 that the number of pits would be cut to just 12. Even his terrible prediction has turned out to be totally wrong because the number of deep mines will now be zero. Tory revenge against the miners is now complete and you know what? Only the Tories here in the North are laughing now.
From: Nigel Boddy, Fife Road, Darlington.
I WAS sorry to read about the split between Mark and Carol Thatcher over the sale of official gifts made to their mother during her time as PM.
Items are stored for 30 years by the government before being auctioned. They were first offered to the family at market value, I understand. Carol Thatcher has purchased some and is now selling them. The allure of a politician’s fame has a shelf life. Who would now want to visit Harold Wilson’s home in the Isles of Scilly? Yet I remember how devastated we all felt the day he resigned as PM.
Carol Thatcher has had to endure much because of the fame of her mother. She couldn’t even have her mother’s funeral in peace. She deserves a life peerage in my view. Time marches on and Carol Thatcher, I am glad to say, marches with it.