Letter: I'd rather not know, thanks very much

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The Independent Online
Sir: God's teeth - another Independent writer succeeds in slipping in an Oxbridge pedigree. Within the past month, without asking (indeed, without wanting to know), we have been informed that Lynn Barber went to Oxford, William Leith to Cambridge, and now (29 June), we discover that Angela Lambert is also an Oxford gel.

Why do your writers think we need to know this? I would still read the Independent if Ms Barber had flunked her O-levels at Croyden Comprehensive; maybe this would prove a less desirable autobiographical reference to drop into her articles, however.

Perhaps you could set aside a corner one day for the whole editorial team to list their academic credentials. Then we might be spared this objectionable Oxbridge-dropping.

Yours faithfully,


London, E8

29 June