LETTER : Can't live with them, can't live without them

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The Independent Online
YOU are wrong in one respect only. You are not the "first national newspaper" to throw in its lot with republicanism. The small but perfectly formed Tribune has been fiercely republican from its inception.

Indeed, a photograph adorns our office wall depicting the then leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, in 1978, holding aloft a copy of the newspaper whose banner headline reads "Abolish the Monarchy".

Mark Seddon

Editor, 'Tribune', London WC1