JOHN Dawson's letter, June 7,
regarding the attitudes of carefully-selected political leaders implies that no selfrespecting Catholic can he a Liberal. I believe that the foundation of Liberalism is a respect for the dignity of each person — with the words "respect", "dignity", "each", and "person" given their fullest, widest and deepest meaning.
There is nothing contradictory to Christianity in that, and I believe my Party to be closest to the political and social teaching of the Church.
Your correspondent ascribes to David Steel the most extraordinary power in getting Parliament to make laws. In 1967 there were to my recollection five or six Liberal MPs. Does he not appreciate that the Abortion Act was passed by a substantial majority, which must necessarily have consisted of Tory and Socialist MPs? Where are his strictures On giving support to those two Parties, which most Catholics presumably do? Where are his sneers at their leaders? Perhaps he should declare an interest.
No member of the Liberal Party is obliged to be "proabortion", although most probably are. So, 1 am quite confident, are most Tories and most Socialists.
I am sure we can all agree that it is utterly reprehensible in a democratic chamber that a decision for or against a
proposal should result not from a free and open vote but from procedural devices and filibusters. This happened to the Powell Bill and previous Abortion Amendments and it stinks — whoever uses it.
Frank Wilson 9 Rawcliffe Road, Chorley, Lanes.
W J ESLES asks if the time is not ripe to introduce a Bill for iamending the Constitution so that the British Sovereign may be a Catholic.
The matter is much more complex than your correspondent seems to realise. The House of Hanover, now known as Windsor, owes its position on the throne purely to its Protestant allegiance.
When Queen Anne died without issue, George, Elector of Hanover, was offered the crown because, and only because, he was her nearest Protestant kinsman.
The present legitimist heir is Prince Albert of Bavaria, who is tenth in line of succession from Charles I. He makes no claim to the throne, but if the Act of Settlement were repealed, who knows what can of worms might be opened?
Winefride Prudon 2 West Street, Ditchling, Hassocks.