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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

JAMES HEWITT is the most despicable character I have ever heard of.

He may be incapable of moving on but he should realise that what he is doing stops Diana's family getting on with their lives too.

Margaret Jones


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.

It's a disgrace we might have to wait that long to have a fitting memorial to his mother.

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

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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

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


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 ingratitude

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

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


IT is great to see that lottery millionaires now live all over the country.

But, please, Margaret and Jocky Wiseman use the cash to change your lives.

Unless you move from Shetland, you will find it hard to spend, spend, spend.

I believe that people who say a huge lottery win won't affect their lives should be banned from entering.

J Donaldson,


lPOOR Margaret and Jocky Wiseman.

All that money to spend and nowhere nearby to spend it.

Still I'm sure someone on the Shetlands will sell them their a boat that will take them somewhere they can dispose of their cash.

T Elder, Glasgow

SO the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers washes its hands of the caddies' benefits scandal.

How can they say that they don't know or care about who carries the bags of their important visitors.

They are always so fussy enough about who they have as members.

J Robertson, Perth
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Author:Dipple, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 1999
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