Sir: Oliver Cromwell was far from being "this country's greatest parliamentarian", as Mark Pappenheim believes (letter, 25 September). He packed Parliament with members of his family and, in modern parlance, cronies, and used it to rubber-stamp his draconian measures. When it did not co-operate he shut it down by force of arms, even going so far as to have Speaker Lenthall pulled out of his chair. Happily, Cromwell's republican dictatorship did not last long and the monarchy was restored.
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