I was glad that I read your business leader and columnists including William Keegan before turning to the article by Theresa May (“Labour voters should look again at my Tory party, here for everyone”, Comment, last week). With uncanny prescience, you had provided all the information needed to protect Labour voters from seduction by her “one nation” claptrap. Anyone still in doubt should study the photograph illustrating her piece: the worker in the roof dormer does not appear to have been provided with the safe place and system of work required by law. Do the Tories look after him as they hack away at the budget of the Health and Safety Executive – or do they care more for the firms that help to bankroll the party that promises them “a bonfire of red tape”? Patrick Kinnersly
Speaking in 2015 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Alan Bennett said what the English excel at, “better than all the rest”, is hypocrisy. There is no better example of hypocrisy than May’s appeal to Labour voters or than in her political persona.
As the result of eight years of unnecessary austerity policy, contemporary UK society is one of food banks, homeless people, welfare and social services that have been either lost or only survive with vastly reduced budgets, crowded and violent prisons and failing police services. The content of her article is nothing but a gloss over these failures. Dr George Hudson Worcester On Sunday morning, I collected the harvest gifts from the chapel I attend for distribution to food banks. Collections used to be made for Romania but, due to the huge need around here, this year the food was delivered locally. Stories abound of mothers who have not eaten for days in order to feed their children and people opening a tin of beans they are given and eating it on the spot. I then saw May’s article. Does she know she is responsible for the suffering in the country? Mike Hedges Swansea Theresa May seems to have no sense of shame. She is responsible for supporting and prolonging austerity and the devastation this has wrought on millions of lives. In her arrogance, she thinks that Labour voters will be persuaded to believe her siren words and succumb to her blandishments.
More immediately, she’s probably hoping that some renegade, antiCorbyn Labour MPs might vote in support of the Brexit deal she is cooking up, thus saving her bacon and undermining Labour at the same time. But one question needs to be asked: why has the Observer given her space to do this? Gillian Dalley
Theresa May’s article in last week’s Observer.