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In times gone by (maybe today for all I know) tribes in Africa settled disputes with a meeting of tribal elders, who had seen it all, done it all and had the answers to all life’s tribulations. I suggest that, instead of a dithering and dishonest Parliament, the country should be run by a collection of old codgers (including myself, of course) to make all decisions on the country’s problems. First item on the agenda would be a big rise for pensioners, with expenses claims allowed for essential trips to the doctors, Co-op, betting shop, British Legion club and the Black Bull.

In times gone by (maybe today for all I know) tribes in Africa settled disputes with a meeting of tribal elders, who had seen it all, done it all and had the answers to all life’s tribulations. I suggest that, instead of a dithering and dishonest Parliament, the country should be run by a collection of old codgers (including myself, of course) to make all decisions on the country’s problems. First item on the agenda would be a big rise for pensioners, with expenses claims allowed for essential trips to the doctors, Co-op, betting shop, British Legion club and the Black Bull.

Ron Humberstone, Ecclesfield

Excellent day

I WOULD just like to say a big thank you for the excellent centenary open day at the Somme Barracks on Glossop Road. The stands were enthralling and the enthusiasm of the exhibitors was marvellous.

Alan Wood

Come to Britain

reading about the value of the various types of drugs that have been found by police tells me that you shouldn’t peddle drugs in foreign countries...you’ll be executed. Instead, come to Britain to produce and sell drugs and you live to deal another day. Time we executed these destroyers of life.

Polly Ann Dent, Hallam

Elbow grease

In Sheffield we have a new Labour council, a new Lord Mayor, all we need now is a new-look Town hall. With a bit of elbow grease the stonework would come up a treat. The august old girl would sparkle and look magnificent.

EB Warris, S14

Leylandii death

What’s happening to leylandii hedges? Brown patches are appearing, steadily growing and in no time the whole hedge has died off. Leylandii might be the enemy tree, but well-maintained hedges can look good. What can be done? Does anyone know?

A mourning leylandii hedge owner