Dear Editor, So what price is Gordon Brown willing to have us pay to convince us that he is the right man and Labour the right party to lead us? Minimum £1 billion.
That, according to the Treasury Select Committee's report at the weekend, is apparently the annual bill for redressing the million or so people who will have to be compensated over the 10p tax debacle.
When he declared, as Chancellor, that he was cutting 2p off the basic rate and abolishing the 10p rate, his backbenchers and frontbenchers alike cheered and whooped. Here was Labour delivering what the public wanted.
Except that we, the taxpayer, are now lumbered with having to dig deeper into our pockets to meet Mr Brown's largesse which has now unravelled into a complete and utter mess.
How can a man who prided himself on financial prudence have worked out his sums in such a way that the vast majority of those who are to benefit from the so-called rescue package had not even lost out as a result of the 10p tax change?
A week may be a long time in politics but a year with Mr Brown at the helm has been an eternity. While the start of his time in office at No 10 represented a refreshing change from the Blair era, it's become pretty clear that not much has actually changed except the personnel. And the fact that Gordon Brown has been exposed as not the financial genius that many might have thought he was.
He was lucky to have inherited a healthy economy from the Conservatives and, on the face of it, did reasonably well as Chancellor. Too bad for him, his party - it can only hope for a miracle before the next General Election - and us that he hasn't turned out to be the PM that was expected.
The bookies have slashed their odds on Gordon leaving office before the next election. They're rarely wrong.
An MP of integrity and wisdom
Dear Editor, As an action group comprising residents and organisations in Marston Green who are fighting over development in our village, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have Caroline Spelman as our MP.
She has worked closely with us over the past twelve months and given up much of her free time to support us in our campaign.
Mrs Spelman has been placed in a very difficult situation at times as a result of her supportive stance, but she has continued none the less to do what she feels is right.
The picture of her which the press are trying to paint is not one we recognise. Mrs Spelman has impressed us with her integrity, honesty and wisdom and she continues to have our complete trust and gratitude.
Press Officer Marston Green Opposing Over Development
Praise for the wonderful achievements of the city
Dear Editor, During the 1980s Iwas a member of the publicity team for the West Midland County Council. During that time this authority, together with the GEC and Metro Camell devised, produced and opened Maglev between Birmingham International and the Airport.
May I ask if your correspondent John Tyrrell why he heaps praise on Shanghai when we had on of the earliest schemes here in the West Midlands?
It seems to me that there is a united effort by some local people to disregard all the wonderful things that the city and the surrounding councils actually do to make us on of the foremost regions in the country.
I am very proud to have been part of the regeneration of the area and of the local men and women who strive so hard with inventions and creations despite the constant praise heaped on other towns and cities.