Letter: Reasons behind Tory election swings

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Sir: Linda Cockshaw (Letters, 7 May) encapsulates the essence of why the Tories lost the election and why it had very little to do with a "split party" or "time for a change".

I too, like the other 53,732 businesses that failed in 1993, had a life's endeavour ruined and old-age security jeopardised. Unlike the Hamiltons of Tatton, I did not receive a resettlement and winding-up allowances. Instead, I received within two days of my receivership a demand from the bank to pay the insidious guarantee elicited from me during the recession.

There can't have been many voters, since the beginning of the 1990s, who have not been "touched" directly, or through acquaintance, by unemployment, business failure or house repossession. Vast numbers of voters have been traumatised by Tory policies. Yet time and again their public statements, contrary to the self-evident truths around them, beggared belief in credibility.

Neil Hamilton's statement that the loss of one's career "is akin to bereavement" is quite correct. May I say to those outgoing Tories who will now have to "get on their bikes" to seek alternative employment "that never in the endeavours of a post-war administration have so many sacrified so much because of so few."

ALAN BERESFORD

Bushey, Hertfordshire

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