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Dear Jo: Readers Letters.

Duty we owe little Claire

MY HEART was filled with sadness and my eyes with tears to read The Mirror's front page on Friday: "Come home Daddy. I love you. Claire."

If this government showed half the zeal in prosecuting the people responsible for the carnage of Paddington as they do in prosecuting 83-year-old Pinochet we might get a safe and more reliable railway system.

Ours can be compared with that of a third-world country- a disgrace for the 10th richest nation in the world. Surely a billion is a small price to pay if we can avoid tragedy in future? Then future Claires' dads won't be missing.

B Gandhi Kingsbury, N London

MOTHERS, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and colleagues have all been sacrificed at the altar of profit. To those ultimately responsible, I say: "God damn you all."

P Johnson Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

I FEEL deeply for all those involved in the crash. I commuted to London from Surrey for 16 years, and though I knew I was never guaranteed to reach my destination on time I knew I would eventually get there.

After Tuesday's accident, people's thinking may be changed for ever.

Edward Potts

Maidstone, Kent

THE atrocity at the Ladbroke Grove crossing should never have happened. The privatisation of our railways has put profit before safety. Heaven help us if they privatise air traffic control.

A Penny Accrington, Lancs

I COULD not believe that the train driver was allowed to cancel the warning klaxon after passing a red signal.

By all means let him cancel it after passing a yellow or double yellow signal, but never a red one.

The brakes should automatically be applied three seconds after proceeding through a red light. The collision would have been avoided.

B Askin via e-mail

HOW many more accidents can we endure before companies start to listen to reason? How much do they think a human life is worth?

The Government should have had the guts to enforce any safety measures that prevent loss of life.

J Stanley, Leeds

HOW in God's name could the rusting Iron Lady squeal and shout that "in my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe"?

In my lifetime, all our problems have come from Maggie Thatcher. She blazed a trail of destruction which divided our nation.

M Leck Timperley, Cheshire
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Dipple, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 11, 1999
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