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Dear Jo: Readers' Letters.

Royals are still so out of touch

WHENEVER I hear something about, or see a photograph of Princess Diana, tears still fill my eyes. Yet, until her tragic death, I had no idea I would react this way.

I believe there should be a permanent memorial to Princess Diana and obviously thousands of Mirror readers feel the same way.

The fact that The Mirror has had to take on this important task on behalf of the nation only confirms that the Royal Family are still completely out of touch with what we "ordinary" people feel.

I must say I thought Paul Burrell's suggestion of a fountain in an area where people could go to sit and relax was lovely. I could imagine Princess Diana liking that idea.

Lillian Carruthers, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

I WOULD like to suggest that two million pounds for Diana's love letters will not make James Hewitt an officer or a gentleman.

What a pity no-one has taught him decency.

Margaret Wilder

Chelmsford, Essex

LET'S all hope that even if his grandmother, father and his mother's memorial committee don't abide by the wishes of their subjects, that Prince William sanctions a fit memorial to the woman he, his brother and the whole world love and miss dearly as soon as he becomes king.

But it's still a disgrace we might have to wait that long to have a fitting memorial to his mother, the people's Queen of Hearts.

Anne Morris

Retford, Notts

I HAD to write after reading Brian Reade's excellent article on Princess Margaret (The Mirror, August 26).

My husband's reaction was: "My God, he could almost be had for treason."

However, we both agreed how true the article was.

Yvonne Bennett

Poole, Dorset


WHAT a disgrace Sporty Spice is. I am no old fuddy-duddy or prude. I consider I am quite a young 50-year-old who lives and lets live.

But what kind of impression is she giving to her young fans with her T-shirt with foul language printed across it (Mirror, Aug 24).

Is she trying to drive her fans away? If so, I think she is doing a good job.

Diane Woody, Ashford, Kent




pounds 25 Letter Of The Day

I WAS furious to see that an ex-miner suffering from emphysema was only offered pounds 5,000 compensation by the DTI.

He was also told if he appealed and lost, he would end up with nothing.

Yet, a few weeks ago, an office worker was awarded over pounds 60,000 for stress at work.

There is no comparison between the two cases.

Miners were without fresh air, daylight, toilet facilities and had nowhere to eat their food without mice running everywhere.

It is time these men and their families got recognition and adequate compensation for their "stress".

The DTI have kept them waiting years for payment and now offer a pittance. It's a disgrace.

B Watson

Dewsbury, West Yorks

Dogged by


IT IS sad that Battersea Dogs' Home put down Sam by mistake (The Mirror, Aug 30). But the real tragedy is that we have to have centres like this in the first place.

Our canine friends find earthquake victims, provide a lifeline for the blind and deaf, sniff out drugs and criminals and comfort us. Yet we throw them off bridges, lock them in hot cars, beat, starve and abandon them.

Mark Richards

Newcastle upon Tyne

Roads no place for oldies

I RECENTLY read of a Midlands lady having her first driving lesson at the age of 100. Much as I admire her spirit, even if she passes her test, is it really safe to let her drive?

In today's traffic, I don't think anyone should be driving who is over 70.

Fred Spence, Birmingham

ANN Widdecombe should be leader of the Tories instead of William Hague.

Ann comes straight to the point, especially about asylum-seekers and gypsies. I say vote for Ann - she's the best of the lot.

M Bottomley, Dorset


THE appointment of John Stevens as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner is the best news I've heard in years.

Sir Paul Condon has been a disaster from day one. In my opinion, he was the worst commissioner Londoners have had since the end of the Second World War - and I've seen them all.

Harold Plecker Barnet, Herts

READERS were quick to point out the make of the bike the officer who got stuck in cement was riding (The Mirror, August 23).

But there was no mention of the clowns laughing at his predicament.

He was responding to a 999 call where life could have been in danger.

I am not a policeman but a caring great-grandfather. It really is about time these idiots like this woke up.

T Quinn Newcastle upon Tyne

THE Notting Hill carnival has truly become a traditional part of London cultural life, bringing immense pleasure to thousands. When can we expect Tony Blair to call for it to be scrapped?

Justin Forman London

MY three-year-old brother thinks everything runs on batteries. The other day he said to our mum: "Don't take mine out of my back or I won't work."

Rachael Spittle, 11, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

AFTER 30 years of voting, I had hoped to be able to remember a prime minister who created work, cleared our streets of homelessness, tackled our drug problem and put fair wages in everyone's pockets. Instead, I can only reminisce about the wars we've helped to win and the tyrants we've ousted. What about our own young and old people, our homeless and our sick? No more voting for me.

Bryan Smith, Denbigh, North Wales
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 1999
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