J D SLOAN
Pulborough, West Sussex
Sir: Matt Cavanagh attributes Tony Blair's habit of stating everything in threes to religiosity (letter, 13 January). Is it not more likely that he is modelling himself on the Bellman, the leader of those hunting the Snark? He told his men: "What I tell you three times is true." His map was one the crew could understand, for it was "the best - a perfect and absolute blank". Sounds like New Labour philosophy to me.
Sir: Lawrence Roberts is missing the point; the Robin Cook saga and the relevance of the private lives of public personalities is not about drink, sex or even drugs (letter, 14 January). The issue is about betrayal of trust, deceit and concealment, traits undesirable in any person. We teach our children not to lie because it is habit-forming.