The resignation of Iain Duncan Smith has exposed the Government’s nasty side

SIR – My father was a passionate Liberal and raised me to believe in a society that cares for everyone regardless of race, creed or means, which is why I consider myself a compassionate Conservative who values ​​my whole Elected for life Tory has lack of an effective Liberal party.

The policies currently being pursued by George Osborne, the Chancellor, which have resulted in the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the most compassionate member of government, risk branding the Conservative Party once again as the evil party.

The Prime Minister must take Mr Duncan Smith’s resignation as a wake-up call.

Alan Highson Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire

SIR – My wife and I are elderly (but not disabled) and we receive over £350 in government benefits each week.

We recently received a letter from the Department for Works and Pensions telling us that our state pensions will rise well above inflation from April.

Why do we pay increasing benefits to all retirees, regardless of need, but accept cuts for the disabled?

Peter Froggat Dorking, Surrey

SIR – If Mr Osborne thought he could reduce the cost of welfare by reducing spending for the disabled while increasing income for the better off and avoiding repercussions, he was utterly naïve.

Given the tireless work he has done to reform the welfare system and give better opportunities to the less well off, a serious reaction should have been expected from Iain Duncan Smith, telling us he has been at odds over his reforms .

David Cameron’s statement that he was “stunned and disappointed” at Mr Duncan Smith’s resignation now seems as hollow as the claim that “we are all in this together”. Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne also appear remiss in trying to keep the Tory party united over the upcoming referendum, particularly given the opposing views of Mr Duncan Smith.

Carol Taylor Lymington, Hampshire

SIR – Finally a politician we can respect.

Angela Perrin Brown Montsegur, Ariège, France

SIR – The Chancellor’s cheap jibe at the expense of the Liberal Democrats on Wednesday was undignified.

He must not forget that it was only with their support that he rose to his high office in 2010.

William Raymond Loughborough, Leicestershire

SIR – Does the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith mean we can keep disability benefits and get rid of George Osborne?

Kim Tanger Rushden, Northamptonshire

Gay Law, Christian Rights

SIR – The proposed appointment of David Isaac as the new chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission is an absurdity and must be stopped by MPs if he appears before a scrutiny panel on Wednesday.

In this role, it would be his duty to act impartially to promote and protect human rights, eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities in nine areas – including religion and belief. However, Nicky Morgan, the equality secretary, said a key reason for his proposed appointment is his chairing of Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity. She says that under him, the charity “lobbied successfully to get major legislative changes, including the removal of Section 28, the introduction of civil unions and gay marriage.”

The Equality Act 2010 outlines the rights of protected groups but does not address how to balance competing interests in conflict. Such poor wording has resulted in the rights of those who identify as homosexual being consistently privileged over the rights of Christians, particularly with regard to historical views of marriage and sexual ethics. Christians have increasingly been advised to confine the practice of their faith to a private setting.

The challenge for the Commission is to strike a fair balance between competing rights, rather than taking a view.

Andrea Minichiello Williams Pastor Ade Omooba Founder, Christian Concern London W1

The sugar tax is faltering

Companies must reduce the sugar content of their products to avoid the levy Photo: Alamy

SIR – If the government was serious about tackling childhood obesity, it would have legislated to limit the amount of sugar allowed in beverages. This could have been followed by similar legislation for ready meals.

Introducing a sugar tax may seem like an attempt to worry about children’s welfare, but it’s actually a way to raise money.

Brian Goodyear Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

SIR – Although some people may be able to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks after the sugar tax is introduced, I’m sure most people will just swear, grit their teeth and somehow find the wherewithal to kick the habit.

John Roberts Wokingham, Berkshire

SIR – While the new sugar tax is being welcomed, concerns have been raised about the sugar substitute aspartame (which often replaces sugar in low-calorie products). More research needs to be done before its use is encouraged.

Angela Pugh Kefalonia, Greece

school partnerships

SIR – Despite his somewhat combative tone, I agree with the key argument made by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted: that independent schools have a moral obligation to support their peers in the entertaining sector.

Most independent schools that I know work enthusiastically with government schools. It is right that they enter into such partnerships and, where resources allow, contribute to running an academy.

These partnerships provide invaluable mutual support and an opportunity to share best practice across sectors.

Independent schools play an important role in modern society and a big part of that role is engaging with the community and helping others. I would hope that most independent schools don’t need Sir Michael or anyone else to tell them that.

Samantha price Headmistress, Benenden School Cranbrook, Kent

Britain’s tough trio fly high to victory

SIR – Contemporary brochures on the Battle of Britain mentioned three aircraft: the Hurricane, the Spitfire and the Defiant.

The last was a two-seat single-engine fighter with a manned rotating turret behind the pilot containing four .303 machine guns.

First deployed over Dunkirk, it had great early success against the Messerschmitts, who attacked it from behind (because the pilots thought it was a hurricane). They were in for a surprise when the turret hit them, but they soon figured it out. The Defiant was later used as a night fighter and was not further developed.

However, the Hurricane was a true all-rounder, fighting in every theater of war, including Russia and Burma. It even had two very heavy guns installed for armor-piercing use in the North African desert.

Despite its fabric covering and the amount of wood used in its construction, it was a remarkably strong aircraft.

Patrick Skinner Saxmundham, Suffolk

SIR: Every day during the summer of 1940 I watched the squadrons of Hawker Hurricane fighters departing from RAF Northolt to meet the enemy in the skies over southern England.

I have always tried to point out the crucial role played by the hurricane in the Battle of Britain. Manufacturers should also be commended for having the foresight to ramp up production after the aircraft first flew in 1935.

Humphrey Platts Manthorpe, Lincolnshire

SIR – My father was a wing commander in the Battle of Britain. He flew Spitfires and occasionally Hurricanes.

He found the Spitfire to be a nice, responsive aircraft to fly, while the Hurricane was a more stable weapons platform. After being shot down and badly burned in battle, he taught young men to fly Lancaster bombers.

Our planes were all superb, as were the brave men who flew them.

Timothy JF Smith Cropthorne, Worcestershire

Spice up music that’s as light as an egg The resignation of Iain Duncan Smith has exposed the Government’s nasty side

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