It’s called compassion

In reference to the letter from Robin Drury (Free Press, April 18), Elliot Pinkham’s In my View column said what I am sure many readers felt .

His age and lack of knowledge of the feelings of those about at the time in question have nothing to do with it. It was about compassion for Margaret Thatcher, her family and friends at the time of her death.

Lady Thatcher didn’t get everything right, none of us do. Remember Tony Blair’s MMR vaccine fiasco in 2002, which put many families off having it (the results of which are now being seen in Wales), or the decision to take us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Then there was Gordon Brown giving away our gold reserves at a knock-down price (oh how we could do with that now) and backing away from a vote on Europe.

Yes, mistakes were made but she also helped many buy their homes and to become shareholders. She reduced our payments to Europe, stood up to them over many issues, sent a task force to regain the Falklands and made us feel proud to be British again.

The people voted her in on three separate occasions to run this country so she must have been doing something right during some of her time in power. As the saying goes, you can never please all of the people all of the time.

The behaviour and comments of some MPs, unionists and Maggie haters was disgusting. A dignified silence should have been the order of the day, at least until after the funeral.

The antics of some involved seem not far removed from those that paint obscenities on gravestones and monuments.

Free speech? Yes, but let’s have compassion, understanding and perhaps forgiveness with it.

I just hope that when their time comes, those that have broadcast their views so publicly are shown more compassion than they have shown to Mrs Thatcher, her family and friends for the last few weeks.

David Riddlestone

Chaucer Road