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LETTER : Astrology: could anything else provoke such venom

Again last week we had a large DID I miss something or is the country going completely mad?

I refer to the correspondence stimulated by Professor Richard Dawkins's article on astrology which, I must confess, took me aback both by its volume and its venom. Can supposedly rational people really become so exercised by something so trivial?

I shall be interested to see whether this week's article "China starves babies by the thousand" (7 January) prompts a similar surge of purple- faced, spluttering public outrage. Sadly, I doubt that it will.

Chris Waller

Bristol, Avon