Sir: "Britain is becoming a multiracial, multicultural society": Lesley Downer joins the ranks of Independent writers who, with monotonous regularity, trot out this inaccurate statement ("Wanted: a brand new caste", 2 September).
London may be multiracial and multicultural. Britain (94.5 per cent white), Scotland (98.7 per cent white), Wales (98.5 per cent white) are not.
Sir: I wonder how many of your readers gazed at the image of our planet on page 5 of the Wednesday Review ("Life on Earth doesn't need us", 2 September) and marvelled at its beauty. I wonder how many of those readers noticed that Madagascar now lies off the west coast of Africa and that the Arabian Peninsula lies west of the Red Sea.
We are clever but obviously not clever enough, and I would agree with Lynn Margulis that the long-term outlook for the human species is not good.
C STEPHEN FROST