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Come back Harold Wilson and co…

11 September, 2020

• HOW cheering to find Ciaran Flavin flying the flag for Les and the boys, (How about Cliff, Rod and Madonna?, September 4), while we digest the sad news about the death of former Bay City Rollers bassist Ian Mitchell – Shang-a-Lang.

Did we understand how lucky we were?

Harold Wilson as prime minister and, even greater achievement, Pipe Smoker of the Decade 1976, thus denying the opportunity to Margaret Thatcher.

Shrewd tactical move learned from the EEC referendum 1975. To provide context, the wonderful Stephen Fry was himself a Pipe Smoker of the Year.

Remember the three-day week, power cuts, inflation at 25 per cent, running to the International Monetary Fund, Erica Roe? All survived so chuck the face mask, spark up an Embassy Regal, and keep smiling.

STEPHEN SOUTHAM
Mildmay Grove North, N1

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