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Gove has grand illusions of war

I CONGRATULATE Ronan Breslin on his denunciation (Write Back, January 10) of Michael Gove's political posturing.

It was always a safe bet that the Tories would use the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in such a way, but it is still breathtaking that the first salvo was fired only two days into 2014.

Gove seems to forget that he is part of a generation blessed by never having had to fight a war.

I prefer the words of Harry Patch: "I went back to Ypres to shake the hand of Charles Kuentz, Germany's only surviving veteran. We've had 87 years to think what war is. To me, it's a licence to go out and murder."

ALAN PEARSON

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