Letter: Chosen by race for the Cabinet

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Chosen by race

for the Cabinet

Sir: I note with some interest your correspondent Polly Toynbee's opinion (5 May) that all political appointments to the Cabinet should be made not on the grounds of ability but on the basis of the minister's country of origin: "Less attractive is the presence of so many Scots. They occupy a third of the Cabinet yet only 8 per cent of the population live in Scotland."

The 8 per cent she refers to should only entitle the Scots to one whole Cabinet minister and a bit of one other. Perhaps Ms Toynbee will enlighten us as to which ministers should be driven out of office on the grounds of their race.

RICHARD PATERSON

Bristol

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