Letter: Insidious disease that the Government is spreading

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Sir: On reading about Michael Portillo's speech to the Conservative Way Forward group, I am convinced that he is making the common mistake of confusing 'respect' with 'deference'. Was there ever a time when people holding high office with the limited experience of Mr Portillo were respected? I doubt it. People simply deferred to them.

Wake up, Mr Portillo] You have got to where you are precisely because the electorate is less deferential and less respectful of real proven ability. In an age when the 'sound-bite' is king and slick presentation is a substitute for real vision, you will do well.

Yours faithfully,


Charvil, Berkshire

15 January