Letters; Paul Firmage, February 20, 2015

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I am not sure Ronald Mortimer is correct in saying that he had read that Ed Miliband has been in talks asking Gerry Adams and his party to form a coalition with Labour.

This is the sort of dirty tricks that the right wing media would come up with in the run-up to the election.

One of the few good things John Major did as leader of the Conservative party was to start the peace process with Northern Ireland and one of the few good things Tony Blair did was to carry it on when he became Prime Minister in 1997, although I now regard Blair as a war criminal over Iraq in 2003 and he should still face the consequences of his actions because of what happened then and since 2003 making this a far more unstable country.

I can understand Mr Mortimer being proud to serve his country but, regarding Northern Ireland, times have moved on and although everything may still not be perfect it is a lot better than the days before the peace process.

There are two sides to any conflict but troops on the streets in Northern Ireland did not help the situation – you only have to look at Londonderry on Sunday, January 30, 1972.

We are a small country and should not be getting involved in trying to police other countries, which is imperialism.

Paul Firmage,

Retreat Estate, Downham