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Letter: Furore over a few words

From Mr Michael O'Toole

Sir: Why all the heart-searching about Eric Cantona's line (report, 1 April): "When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea"?

Clearly, this is a muddled translation of Malcolm Muggeridge's dictum: "Journalists follow authority as sharks follow a liner, dining on the scraps that are thrown overboard."

Yours faithfully,



County Dublin

1 April