Letter: Family values, political peccadilloes

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Sir: 'Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue' observed La Rochefoucauld, no stranger to intrigues either of politics or of the heart ('Those who preach must also behave', leading article, 29 December). Clergy are among those who commonly pay for their vices with their jobs, and they will be disgusted by preachings about the difference between right and wrong from people who make exemptions for themselves. We do not expect politicians to be virtuous - who could be? - but could we not at least ask from them a little less


Yours sincerely,


High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

29 December