You can't put the blame on Labour for everything
Jim Bradshaw writes that those who put Labour well ahead in the opinion polls had either short memories or are gullible ("Electorate must be very gullible," Mailbox, October 2).
He then goes on to tell us that Gordon Brown sold off our gold reserves at rock bottom prices, messed up our education system and operated an open-door immigration policy.
Well, either Jim Bradshaw is very gullible or has been asleep for well over 100 years.
Until we had a Labour government in the 1940s, most of the working class kids – (working class which was, and still is, 95 per cent of the population) left school at 14.
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This went for even the very clever ones, because their parents could not afford to keep them in education. As for immigration, was it not Enoch Powell who told us that we would regret the immigration level getting out of control just before Ted Heath became Prime Minister?
When Ted Heath was interviewed shortly after the election and was asked what he thought of Enoch's remarks, he said "Enoch has his views, but that is not the view of the Tory Party." Enough said.
The Thatcher government never tried to put a brake on immigration in all its years in office.
So please, Mr Bradshaw, don't go down the easy road and blame Labour for our undoubted immigration problem.
Let's not forget that the Thatcher Government sold off or privatised most of our industries (most of them abroad). Even a former Tory MP said: "They have sold off most of the family silver."
I would ask you, Mr Bradshaw, not to be fooled by this present Government. As Steve Coogan said on Question Time: "Tory Party policy is basically pleb management. They contain the plebs. Keep the plebs out of the way, pat them on the head when they need to, keep them out of the back garden."
Steve Coogan put it in a nutshell. Like it or not Mr Bradshaw, except on polling day, as far as they are concerned, you are a pleb in their eyes. One last question I would like to ask Mr Bradshaw – why did Mr Cameron not sack Andrew Mitchell for his pleb slur?
The answer, I suggest, is because he agreed with him.
GA Wright, Leicester.