Letter: Steamy

Sir: My Finnish friends must be bemused by the headline "Chief constable: MP was in sauna"(17 March). Sensible fellow, I imagine them thinking. Curiously, there is no mention of a sauna in the article itself, but rather of a "Thai massage parlour".

I don't know what the Thais make of this; but the Finns find it hard to comprehend the sleazy connotations in Britain of their great national institution. And they regard as quite extraordinary the fact that advertisements for domestic saunas invariably depict families prudishly sitting around wearing towels.


London N22