Letters: In Brief
Tuesday 03 November 1998
Inoculation and embedded identity microchips are all fine and dandy but nothing can beat the clarity of the current regulations. If as a traveller on a boat or plane returning to the UK you see a fellow passenger with an animal then you know that it is there illegally. The regulations are capable of self-policing by the public.
Sir: "Three in a marriage" was certainly a smart piece of public relations. But it does not balance with the Prince's statement that he only resumed a relationship with Mrs Parker Bowles after his marriage had broken down. Paulette James (letter, 30 October) may be privy to inside information unknown to anybody else, but most people know that the partisan statements of a spouse in a divorce are a poor guide to the truth. What is beyond doubt is that Diana, Princess of Wales, lost no public opportunity to denigrate her husband.
Osterley Park, Middlesex
Sir: In response to your report "Rail firms fined for phone-line failings" (30 October)I would like to point out that not all National Rail Enquiry Service suppliers are failing to meet the regulators' targets. South West Trains is contracted to provide part of the NRES service from its Southampton call centre and has consistently met the regulator's challenging targets. In fact our consistent performance has recently led us to taking an additional 7,500 calls per week from some other NRES areas struggling to meet response times.
South West Trains
Sir: Maurice Millen (letter, 31 October) asks whether anybody "likes it when the clocks go back". Me, for a start. The alternative is the dismal prospect of month after month of getting up and going out in the dark.
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