Letter: Dull Britannia

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Reading Terence Blacker on censorship and suppression in late Nineties Britain (Review 28 August) cheered me up a little. I had worried that I was alone in noticing just how stuffy and prudish this country has become.

Anything involving pleasure and fun is vilified in this country. Why can't we get a drink 24 hours of the day? Why can't we watch sexually explicit videos if we want to - and so on. Britain is completely out of step with the rest of the Western industrialised world on all these sorts of issues and that British censorship is the most oppressive.

Finally, let us remember this: we work the longest hours in Europe. Now what was that old saying about all work and no play making Jack a dull boy? Britain is certainly a dull old country.

CHRIS HUGO

London E10

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