In his article on the snooker player Susan Thompson ("Fast cue", 11 March), who challenged the decision of the Professional Pool Players' Association to deny her entry, Chris Arnot wrote that "the resulting court case made her briefly a cause clbre". Pace Mr Arnot, it did no such thing. The court case itself was the French stereotype. What it did for Susan Thompson was to make her a celebrity.
This abuse now rages like a pox. Anything whatsoever becomes a cause clbre once it catches the public eye. Examples noted to date include a top model, a serial rapist, a rising rock star, a champion stallion, a Cruft's prizewinner, Natural Born Killers, the Dublin football riots and the Barings bust-up.
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