SIR - The current turmoil within the Government over the leadership, and the disloyalty of so many Ministers and MPs, prompts one to ask how many of them would be in office or in the House were it not for the success of their leader Tony Blair in transforming old Labour and winning a third term for the current administration.
No less edifying is the attitude of Labour AMs in Wales, including Rhodri Morgan, who, likewise fearing for their own futures, call for the rapid demise of Tony Blair.
The disloyalty shown by Labour MPs and AMs unfortunately is not confined to the present administration, and recalls the disposal of Margaret Thatcher and her successors as well as more recently of Charles Kennedy by the Lib-Dems. Nor is Plaid Cymru immune from the disease; one recalls the pressures which forced Dafydd Wigley to resign as leader, much to the detriment of the party and its subsequent performance in the polls.
Gordon Brown and his supporters, by their recent behaviour, have demonstrated yet again the disloyalty so characteristic of current politics. The overwhelming message for Labour and indeed for politicians generally is that the voters will not forget this behaviour and will turn away from both Labour and politics in droves
The Parade, Carmarthen
SIR - Do we deserve a Labour government?
If you read the papers and watch television you can only see how self-destructive the Labour Party is. For a Prime Minster that has delivered three unprecedented election wins, should we be surprised that the enemies we saw in the Labour Party of the '80s are raising their heads? These are people who will try and destroy the party from within.
As a voter we should all say it is our choice of who is in power and not theirs.
Also the Welsh Assembly that was given to us has also launched an attack saying it's Tony Blair that will give us a poor turnout next year.
Well it's not Blair but your policy of rebanding the council tax for us Welsh people for one and also the way nobody challenges Rhodri Morgan for its leadership.
If we see Tony Blair pushed from office by his own members then I predict that years of chaos will consume the party just as it has the Conservative Party.
Do we deserve economic stability as a country? Well, I hope so but we may not get it for long with these minority of self-interested members.
Herbert Road, Melyn, Neath
SIR - In response to R Lewis's letter ("Pounds of leeks?" Western Mail, September 11), I should like to highlight how offended I was at his stance that the Welsh have, yet again, been "simply lumped together with the English" over the use of "English" banknotes.
As an Englishman, who has lived in Wales since 1995, this continual "them and us" attitude astounds me. Mr Lewis should consider other more important and pressing aspects of life that could be addressed or resolved with much needed funding as opposed to spending money on a different design of currency. The introduction of Welsh banknotes would be a complete waste of time and money. More importantly, and perhaps going to the heart of the discussion, I wonder if Mr Lewis feels that being "lumped" with England's cultural, economic and social ties does more harm than good.
SIR - I would like to take issue with A Jenkins (Letters, Western Mail , August 26) on this year's HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival.
I had a great time at this year's festival for a number of reasons which contradict Mr Jenkins' views.
I found the stewards to be very helpful and courteous, and I actually like the idea that there are professionals around because the "atmosphere" in Brecon town centre can be very intimidating when many people descend on the town purely to drink through the whole weekend.
As for the absence of street music, there were marching bands throughout the weekend and smaller crowds in the town centre meant that people could walk around from venue to venue in relative comfort. I understand from the press there are plans to increase the Brecon Fringe next year to bring more activities and colour into the town centre, and this will be welcomed, but I for one was happy that the many thousands who attended could enjoy the event for what it is - 80 jazz concerts in venues around this lovely Mid Wales town.
Oh, and by the way, there was some fantastic music there too!
Clodien Avenue, Heath, Cardiff
SIR - Having seen the Chancellor on TV I was aghast at his statement that he is fair.
He admitted that he was the originator of PFIs. They are a disaster, Chepstow hospital is a PFI and now we cannot get out-of-hours service. We have to travel 20 or 30 miles to get any medical care out of hours.
These PFIs tie the authorities into a contract that bleeds the public dry.
He also is a great believer in privatisation. Have you noticed how the bills have gone up for our services?
Privatisation is wonderful for the bosses and shareholders of these companies. What sticks in my craw is that it is mostly foreign companies that are running our firms, for their own benefit of course.
I feel that Gordon Brown is farther right than Genghis Khan, and it will be "God help the poorer people" in this country if he ever gets to be PM.
Look at the ever-growing gap between the rich and poor, for example the pensions that the bosses give themselves, on average each director's pension is worth £2.7m. (source www.tuc.org. uk/pensions)
For directors with the biggest pension in each company, the average would be more than £290k a year, over 40 times the average for all employees (£7,124).
Some 77% of companies allow directors to retire at 60 on full pension - whilst trying to make the workers "work till they drop".
I believe that we are the most servile nation in Europe, we seem to stand for anything.
I watched the Last Night of the Proms and when they sang "Britons never never shall be slaves", I sang "Britons forever ever shall be slaves".
Member, Senior Citizens Party, Aust Crescent, Chepstow, Monmouthshire
SIR - The closure of the Burberry's factory is probably the worst possible economic blow to the upper Rhondda.
Firstly of course, to the loyal employees who have seen their lives shattered by the announcement, to the suppliers of services to the facility and indeed to all residents of the upper Rhondda which will see deprivation increase still further in our communities. Undoubtedly if nothing is done the exodus of our young people will accelerate (we lost 12.5% of our population in Treherbert between 1991 and 2001).
But something can be done and must be done.
A new access road is essential. We cannot wait another 20 years which is the current "optimistic" Labour timetable. Undoubtedly the poor communications at the top of the Rhondda Fawr is a major hindrance to its economic development.
Labour also needs to reverse its inexplicable policy of excluding the Upper Rhondda Fawr from Heads of the Valleys funding.
Lastly, the Rhondda. together with other South Wales valleys needs an economic strategy which is well researched and planned and not one produced on the hoof during a crisis as we are experiencing at the present time.
Chairman, Cangen Treherbert Branch, Plaid, St Mary's Close, Treherbert, Rhondda
SIR - Your correspondents (September 5) would baffle Einstein.
How can they condemn The Prince of Wales for not showing enough interest in His Principality, whilst condemning his son, William, for showing far too much interest by merely becoming the Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union?
Surely this is "damned if you do, damned if you don't".
Leader, Monarchy Wales, Aberdulais Road, Llandaff North, Cardiff
SIR - Plaid Cymru will live to regret the day if they follow the advice of Elfyn Llwyd MP. Mr Llwyd, Plaid's Parliamentary leader stated that Plaid was acting with a new degree of professionalism and suggested its AMs could enter a power-sharing agreement after the Assembly elections in 2007. With whom, I ask Mr Llwyd.
The Liberals have already stated they want a coalition with the Labour Party, so that leaves only the Tories to jump into bed with.
Plaid members at its coming national conference should give those politicians who support this strategy the thumbs down with a mandatory 2/3 majority. Failure to do so will lead not to its shooting itself in the foot, but blowing its brains out.
Plaid's new 20 point plan should be a socialist programme for Wales and not a watered-down statement for the Tory and Liberals to take kindly to.
Plaid doesn't just want a programme which is affordable and deliverable but a vision of how inequality in Wales can be a thing of the past.
Ystrad Drive, Johnstown, Carmarthen