THERE is a lot to be said for and against the most important person ever to come from Huntingdonshire. Roger Lane s letter (January 1) gave only one side of the story. Cromwell was a very fine soldier. Starting as a mere captain, it was his organisationa

THERE is a lot to be said for and against the most important person ever to come from Huntingdonshire. Roger Lane's letter (January 1) gave only one side of the story.

Cromwell was a very fine soldier. Starting as a mere captain, it was his organisational abilities and personal courage that propelled him from relative obscurity to power.

There is a large statue of Cromwell outside the House of Commons. If he was such a despot, why is it there? Perhaps it is because Cromwell did more than anyone to prevent absolute monarchy prevailing in England.

Cromwell was one of the principal builders of the Navy - the "wooden walls" that defended our realm.

Cromwell was not as intolerant as many think. He re-admitted the Jews, who had been expelled from England over 350 years earlier.

I agree with Mr Lane on one point. A statue of Cromwell alongside the A14 would not be a good idea - he remains too controversial a figure. Hereward, or Sir John Major, would be a much safer choice.

JOHN GIBBON

Bury Close

St Ives