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OSCAR Wilde wrote a famous play about The Importance of Being Earnest.

Suppose we now consider instead the importance of being polite.

If he did not good manners, parents should their money Michael Penarth Our first witness to (hypothetical) committee of enquiry could be Jacob Rees-Mogg, son of the eminent journalist, William Rees-Mogg.

Whenever journalists write about Mr Rees-Mogg (junior) they always seem to emphasise how very polite he is. This is likely to be in large part the product of Jacob's elite and prestigious education at Westminster Lower School then Eton, then an Oxford college. If he did not have good manners, his parents should ask for their money - in educational fees - back.

More seriously, good manners can be a superficial phenomenon, and you have to look at what is underneath.

A phrase I have come across a lot in the last year or two is "virtue signalling", ie saying things which reveal what a good, moral person one is.

have his ask for back Politeness is a bit similar, pointing to skills likely to be acquired in the higher socio-economic groups and, if exaggerated, could put a more ordinary listener at a psychological disadvantage or, alternatively, to be outwitted by highly polished manners.

O'Neill Some of Jacob's political beliefs could be somewhat at variance with the highly principled socially aware person he would wish to be seen as.

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Not all his beliefs are necessarily wrong though, in my opinion at least.

Michael O'Neill Penarth Thank you to Billy Hill, we owe you ON behalf of former ASW steelworkers, Phil Jones and myself would like to say a massive thank you to former work colleague and friend Billy Hill, who after a long illness sadly passed away recently.

Billy, along with Paddy Morris, John Jones and the late Tommy Flanaghan, campaigned tirelessly for almost 15 years, trying to get pension justice for workers who had been cruelly robbed of their pensions.

Billy never missed a protest - Cardiff, London and party conferences - and also collected hundreds of signatures for petitions handed in to Downing Street and the Welsh Assembly.

He would never do an interview, but was proud to carry our Robbed of our Pensions banners, kindly supplied by the Echo, even though ASW steelworkers and others are still a substantial way short of the pensions they paid for.

If it was not for the likes of Billy, workers in the FAS and PPF would have virtually nothing.

Hundreds of thousands of workers owe Billy big time, he was always able to hold his head high, unlike uncaring shameless politicians in Westminster who can only hang theirs in utter shame.

RIP Billy Hill, we will not forget you.

John Benson, Dinas Powys Phil Jones, Rumney, Cardiff Our milkman Frank never lets us down I WOULD like to thank our milkman Frank Henley.

He never lets us down and always delivers whatever the weather.

Thank you, Frank.

Mrs M Walters Porth The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters.

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