The Communist coup in Portugal some years ago was preceded by an attempted coup, with firing at night. In the morning, I asked a colleague in Lisbon for the news. He replied: "The local news service had government propaganda, so I tuned into the BBC World Service, for their local correspondent." That colleague was Dutch and his views were echoed by all the Portuguese I met that day.
We should be spending more, not less. This priceless asset should be released from financial dependency on the Foreign Office, which has its own agenda.
W R HAINES
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