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Letters | 27 February 2010

Spectator readers respond to recent articles

Bashing Gordon

Sir: Poor, poor Gordon. Have mercy! We brutish Scots must stick together; if I had the likes of Bob Ainsworth, not to mention the simpering fraudsters of ‘Blair’s babes’, in my office every day, I would be sorely tempted to reach for the birch — if not a cricket bat.

Then, of course, some closer to the headmaster might not be averse to a little S&M. But now that old protester-puncher Prescott has come out in support. Really, who needs friends like that?

Alistair Horne

Time for a tea party

Sir: You are right when discussing MPs’ and BBC expenses to bring in the question of local authorities’ expenses (Leading article, 12 February). But there is no point whingeing about council taxes unless taxpayers start doing something about it. In East Herts, grassroots activity, including a public meeting and local press coverage, has resulted in the local Independent Remuneration Panel recommending substantial reductions in councillors’ special responsibility allowances. The tea-party movement is growing in the United States; the same must start happening throughout this country.

And then we can start to tackle Brussels.

Christopher Taylor-Young
Widford, Herts

In praise of Curtis

Sir: I have rarely been so incensed with an item in your fabulous magazine. Stephen Pollard (‘Stick to making your schmaltzy films, Mr Curtis’, 20 February) is so wrong. Richard Curtis brings good where there is bad. His films are brilliant because they remind us of how frail we all are. Of course he exaggerates to make a point, but his characters and situations do exist.

And as for the Robin Hood Tax… Curtis has again touched a nerve. Unless I have turned overnight into one of the rose-tinted, upper-middle class parodies that Pollard insults, this is how we all feel, and thousands want to do something about it.

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