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Letter: Hoddle in the dock

Sir: Is it millennial madness? A football coach is reviled by a prime minister for believing in reincarnation. Yes, he has offended many people. What religious belief does not? And an MEP has to resign for bringing from Amsterdam a pornographic video and minuscule amounts of cocaine and cannabis.

Mackenzie King ran Canada for years, a spiritualist taking advice from his dog. Lloyd George was a notable lecher. Winston Churchill was almost always drunk. Jack Kennedy set the pattern for White House shenanigans for Bill Clinton.

What qualities do we think necessary for statesmen, and football coaches? That they should be good, clever, even wise statesmen and football coaches. We must leave the gossip to magazines, private lives to their participants - and grow up.