THE decision to deny Tony Blair and Gordon Brown invites to the royal wedding is a disrespectful snub that is as divisive as it is ill-judged ("Blair and Brown fail to make the royal wedding guest list", The Herald, April 25).
Like him or loathe him, Tony Blair’s 10 years as prime minister made for a stronger, more prosperous and fairer Britain, and coincided with a particularly difficult and challenging time in world affairs. That he enjoyed consistently higher levels of public support than the current Downing Street incumbents leads one to believe the decision to exclude him from the wedding is as much down to political jealousy as royal protocol. By contrast, it seems bizarre that John Major should receive an invitation, as one of the weakest prime ministers in living memory who cemented the North-South divide.
Gordon Brown as the “Iron Chancellor” led Britain through the longest period of sustained economic growth in recent history. It’s easy to play down his achievements, but the world recession is no more his fault than it is that of any other world leader. Mr Brown is the most senior Scottish political figure of his generation, and out of respect for that if nothing else, he should have received an invitation.
The royal wedding is an occasion for national unity, and both the royal household and Mr Cameron’s office should be grown-up enough to put political differences and past breaches of royal protocal to one side and show our former prime ministers the respect they deserve.
The royals are leaving themselves open to accusations of bias towards the clique of Oxbridge chums and ex-public schoolboys running the Coalition Government. They need to be aware that even the smallest hint of this could backfire in years to come, long after the confetti has blown away.
Dr Mark Campbell-Roddis,
1 Pont Crescent,
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