Letter: Nothing healthy about apathy

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LYNN BARBER has always shown disturbing tendencies to complacency ('Political apathy is fine with me', 20 June). But to claim that the appalling standard of national political debate is healthy is to show an ostrich attitude to the real issues glossed over by MPs and the media.

Leave London, Lynn, and pay a visit to a decimated coal community, or go to Twyford Down and gaze at the scar disfiguring what was once a part of our natural heritage, or think about the appalling fate being meted out in near silence to our railways.

Perhaps the major achievement of the Tories has been to force any opinions diverging from the norm to the margins, and make comments like Lynn Barber's seem acceptable.

Mike Fox