What then are we to make of Michael Portillo's "loyal address" to William Hague at Bournemouth ("Portillo seeks truce in Tory war", 8 October)?
Is that the same Michael Portillo who installed a bank of telephone lines when he was "supporting" John Major?
WILLIAM F LONG
Sir: Camille Paglia (You Ask the Questions, 7 October) demonstrated an exceptionally high regard for her own importance. Asked by one reader, "Do you still regard yourself as a world phenomenon?" she replied: "Can you name one living intellectual, male or female, who is more widely known across the social spectrum?"
Stephen Hawking; Alexander Solzhenitsyn; Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Sir: I am not impressed by the agreement ("Virgin Trains agrees to tougher standards", 8 October) on increased compensation for disappointed passengers.
Recently, I reached Euston 30 minutes late and Brighton 60 minutes late on journeys from Birmingham. As a result, I was forced to take taxis to my ultimate destinations at a total cost of pounds 15. In compensation I was given vouchers for only pounds 5.
In the "good old days" of British Rail, my additional costs arising from similar circum-stances were refunded in full. The new agreement will still not match this.
J M WALPOLE
Sir: Jan Rola Rozycki (letter, 5 October) is appalled by the existence of a book featuring photographs which Christians may find offensive. Like her, I am a Christian. However, I would rather see a thousand books published which are personally offensive to me or which denigrate my religion than live in a country where only tame and inoffensive ideas may be expressed. I would much rather allow books like The Satanic Verses and I.N.R.I to be published and offend some than have Jan Rola Rozycki dictating what I may and may not read.
BEATRICE J PURSER
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