Letter: Freemasons' motto

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Freemasons' motto

DAVID WALKER ("In defence of Freemasonry", 21 February) likens the Freemasons to all groups of like-minded and harmless people. He overlooks their unique motto, "Aude, Vide, Tace" - "Hear, see and be silent". This motto - which must have a practical effect - is inimical to Parliamentary democracy, to the rule of law, and to the proper administration of justice. That is why Freemasons are so much mistrusted and disliked by the rest of society.

LEO HAYNES

Northwood, Middlesex

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