Letter: Foolish leaders: A selection of readers' letters from the overwhelming response to our 10-point plan for recovery

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Sir: We need a change of attitude by those who hold themselves to be leaders - politicians and businessmen especially. Their position is concerned with duty and responsibility and is not for their greater glory.

Leaders must be capable of admitting they are wrong. David Mellor might have survived if he had not been so arrogant. They must not reward themselves out of all proportion to the rewards they give to those they lead. Most chairmen seem to feel the basis of their bonus has nothing to do with the supporting staff.

The man in the street can overcome almost any adversity provided he is led by those with purpose and integrity. But he will not suffer fools too long.

Yours faithfully,

NORMAN MITCHELL

London, SW6

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