Letter to the Editor: Our local Conservative MP, Mark Harper, has observed that 2022 has been a turbulent year implying that the war in Ukraine is the major cause. (On the Mark December 6). 

He fails to mention, however, that this turbulence is largely caused by the chaotic Tory government of Boris Johnson immediately followed by the disastrous premiership of Liz Truss whose mini- budget took our country to the verge of economic and financial chaos. The cost to the country is estimated at £30billion.

The cause of this turbulence lies much closer to home than the Ukraine.

Pete Brown, Forest of Dean Liberal Democrats