Leading article: Unfair terms

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The Independent Online

Treat those two impostors just the same, the poet Kipling famously said, in his advice on how to meet with triumph and disaster alike. Now travellers will have a third to contend with.

An imposta di soggiorno is being added to hotel stays in Venice by the local council. In return for the extra €10 (£6), tourists get a sticker on their bill reading "Thank you for being a sponsor of the splendour of Venice".

It is, of course, one of the world's most beautiful cities. But beauty is not everything – as another poet helpfully reminds us. "I like not fair terms and a villain's mind," Shakespeare's eponymous merchant of Venice said. He had a point.

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