From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton.
THE Prime Minister needs to sack Andrew Mitchell and kick him out of the Conservative Party as soon as possible.
As a lifelong Conservative Party member and former Conservative Party election agent, I am deeply ashamed by the alleged atrocious behaviour of Mr Mitchell when he spoke in an insulting and vulgar manner to the brave police officer who was guarding Downing Street and who was risking his own life to keep Mr Mitchell and all other Government Ministers safe from terrorists.
The only effective damage limitation which David Cameron can implement is to sack Mr Mitchell today and kick him out of the Conservative Party tomorrow, procrastination will be interpreted as a sign of the Prime Minister’s incompetence.
From: David Algar, Low Bridge Park, Abbey Road, Knaresborough.
UNLESS David Cameron takes a grip of the situation, he must ask Andrew Mitchell to apologise unreservedly.
If Mr Mitchell wishes to deny the utterances of obscene and inappropriate language which is obviously at variance with the PC’s statement, any apology lacks substance without a detailed investigation to discover the truth.
In Watergate the cover-up eclipsed the original offence. This could prove to be the coalition’s Cyclegate unless David Cameron acts quickly and in a concise manner.
From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.
WHAT on this earth is our, my PM, David Cameron, playing at, when he does not have the guts to lift the telephone and give a short, sharp sacking notice to an abhorrent person – who cannot be described as a man – for his outburst against a police officer?
The person concerned should be, at the best, sent to the back benches. Andrew Mitchell is one of the lowest.
From: Dr Roderic Vassie, Belle Vue Cottages, York.
I FIND the implications of the recent furore surrounding the Conservative Chief Whip and his alleged hurling of insults at a police officer in Downing Street late last week alarming.
If the honourable gentleman had any class about him at all, he would naturally have known that the vocative singular is not “pleb” but “plebs”.
Obviously, I wouldn’t want to heap yet more shame on the man by forcing him to appear before the Parliamentary Standards Committee in order to explain exactly what he was doing during Latin lessons at school.
Instead I thank God that Andrew Mitchell isn’t the Secretary of State for Education.
From: Arthur Quarmby, Underhill, Holme
THE news is full of two high-profile cases of name-calling, involving the Government’s Chief Whip and the sometime England soccer captain.
I remember my early days at Infants School, where the very first lesson learned (from one’s peers) was that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but ‘calling’ cannot hurt me!”
I feel it is time some adults – both culprits and complainants – grew up.