Sir: Heon Stevenson's letter (15 January) implies that the "right to work" is conditional on both the sex of the worker and their partner's income. The middle-class women he despises are equal citizens, and should not be penalised for accepting the jobs to which their education and talents entitle them. Without their gifts the country would be the poorer. Our high divorce rate makes it extremely foolish for any person to rely on a partner's income. Why should he expect women to take the risk?
Ms S A SALIMI
Sir: Akbar Ahmed (Podium, 13 January) says Islam's critics "cite terrorist outrages and isolated infringements of human rights while ignoring the extraordinary achievements of Muslim civilisations". Is it possible to ignore such all too well known phenomena as the barbaric religious tyranny of Saudi Arabia? With the possible exceptions of Turkey and Lebanon, genuine democracy is unknown in the world of Islam. Let the Islamic societies learn to be self-critical like the societies of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and "Islamophobia" will become a thing of the past. Has Mr Ahmed ever heard of Buddhophobia?
Sir: You report (15 January) that "Britain `is turning out too many graduates' ". Is this the official end of education for its own sake?
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