Richard Edwards asks whether it is just him who thinks the government is protecting the interests of the City while destroying concepts such as fairness, access to justice and equality of arms. No Mr Edwards, it is not just you.

This government, and this secretary of state in particular, is displaying the same type of enthusiasm for these retrograde measures as led to the now deceased class warrior Margaret Thatcher being reviled for the impact she wrought on communities outside the City of London.

Myles Hickey, Dowse & Co, London E8