Letters: Paul Firmage, January 5, 2016

File photo dated 09/06/15 of Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, who has made a final bid to get on the ballot paper with a characteristically left-wing call for the party to represent its supporters' "gut feelings" on nuclear weapons and human rights. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday June 14, 2015. Mr Corbyn revealed he now has the backing of 22 MPs, 13 short of the 35 needed to get on to the ballot paper before nominations close tomorrow. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire PPP-150617-111410001 PPP-150925-100338001
File photo dated 09/06/15 of Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, who has made a final bid to get on the ballot paper with a characteristically left-wing call for the party to represent its supporters' "gut feelings" on nuclear weapons and human rights. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday June 14, 2015. Mr Corbyn revealed he now has the backing of 22 MPs, 13 short of the 35 needed to get on to the ballot paper before nominations close tomorrow. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire PPP-150617-111410001 PPP-150925-100338001

R Mortimer may be a military man but I have to take issue with some of his opinions.

Firstly, Jeremy Corbyn would like to have seen Bin Laden put on trial and Jeremy Corbyn, along with Ken Livingstone, started talking diplomatically about the problems in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, which was carried on by John Major who did a lot of the ground work when he became Prime Minister. Tony Blair carried this on and we had the Good Friday agreement, but that is one of the few things you can give Blair credit for. Because of the actions of Blair and Bush over Iraq, we now have a very unstable situation in the countries we have attacked, Iraq and Libya. We are now more at risk, by bombing Syria, as W J Blundell said in his recent letter. Mr Mortimer, you may be a military man and loyal to your country and feel part of the establishment, but a lot of people are unhapy about the actions this country has engaged in. Remember one-and-a-half to two million people went on the Iraq demonstration in February 2003. We should be looking for peace not going to war. It was often said in the early 1980s that Labour was run by the loony left but I would say we are now being run by the loony right. When I hear Cameron and Fallon talking about bombing Syria they frighten me. As awful as the 9/11 twin towers atrocity was, so is the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq and Libya. We should stop trying to police other parts of the world along with America.

Paul Firmage, Downham