BERNARD Hurst claims to be “a retired assistant principal of a large academy”, but he makes no claim to being a parent (Put issue to bed …). Maybe this is why he lectures us so severely on the evils of children missing school to go on holiday.

In true Victorian style, he cannot resist having a dig at mobile phones and “technology at home”, which he believes have killed off the “dying art of conversation”.

Mr Hurst confuses two entirely separate issues here and, in the process, shows a complete lack of concern for working-class parents who simply cannot afford peak holiday prices.

E Trout

Prestwich