We don't need a festival if we finish all the good things we've started on - the new Tate Gallery, Rogers' crystal-clad South Bank, etc etc. People will flock to them anyway.
Then spend all the surplus cash on houses for the homeless, hospital beds for the sick, getting rid of excess prison populations. But we should start now, not wait for 2000.
I agree that the millennium festival should be questioned; they have waffled too long as it is and what most of us really want to celebrate seems to be a change of government.
AD2000 is a meaningless number except to Christians. Christians should therefore be encouraged and funded to celebrate it. Those non-Christians who enjoy indulging, a mite hypocritically, in Christian traditions, can join in if they want as at weddings and christenings.
As an agnostic I would spend the money on placing and maintaining a sizeable piece of green in the heart of every major city, calling these the Millennium Gardens.
Pett Level, East Sussex
How right Jonathan Glancey is! Why not mark the millennium with a more lasting memorial?
Recently the Independent featured an interview with Richard Rogers which made it clear that here is a man of real vision who could make a positive contribution to our ailing capital.
Why not hand over any millennium fund to Richard Rogers and give him his head? Then we might have something posterity could be proud of, instead of another transient, tacky committee-created concession to 'bouncy castle' Britain.
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