Letter: British enigma

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Sir: The Demos report on Britain's image abroad (report, 8 September) confirms the cherished British belief that foreigners are a rum lot.

They think we are economically backward, uncompetitive and strike-ridden but direct more of their overseas investments here than anywhere but the US. They believe that the weather is awful, the food worse and the people unfriendly but visit us in large numbers. They find us old-fashioned, out of date and hidebound but admire our creativity. A rum lot indeed.


London SW14