Bill Banning (M Star October 17) is clearly upset by my letter and presumes some degree of seniority over me, though I'm only 10 years younger than he.
During my own time, working for a Labour victory in most general elections since World War II, I have been conscious of a growing disillusionment with Labour's policies in every subsequent election.
During one "campaign" the local Labour Party worthies were content to discuss the relative merits of Jensen cars against BMWs.
Not much scope for Bill's "worker solidarity and comradeship based upon trust, common purpose and mutual respect" there, I regret to note.
I am sure that Bill and I would have much common ground, having had in our time similar experiences, of practical work, political discrimination, and anti-working-class policies and practices.
Just those experiences set us at odds with the politicians for whom Bill seems to have just a little too much respect, ie workers who have never actually worked, in any practical, useful sense.
Other letters on the same issues over surrounding days seem to bear out my contentions, that are very much at variance with Bill's. With all due respect, I implore Bill to tone down his hype in favour of an "unknown quantity" (Ed Miliband) and come to grips with the many reasons why the Labour Party is of such declining influence … and relevance.