Letter: Personality clash in Swindon

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your feature on Swindon North ("The union man vs the city slicker", 12 March) was a good example of what's wrong with political journalism. How does it serve public debate to publish a page and a half on the battle for a parliamentary nomination, without once mentioning what the candidates stand for?

I've learnt their age, their educational background, the make of car they drive, the nationality and religion of their parents, and the names of their lawyers (and their lawyer's sister). Could I now please have a feature about their views on unemployment, cuts in education and health, crime, transport and so on?

Is it any wonder that most people think that politics has nothing to do with their daily lives?

Paul Quigley

Smethwick, West Midlands

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