Letter: Media folk give marriage a bad press

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Sir: I read the recent proposals for a ten- or five-year marriage contract ("Thousands do it, but is it time we reformed marriage?", 10 February) with a sense of deja vu. In the foreword to his novel Brave New World (1932), Aldous Huxley writes:

There are already certain American cities in which the number of divorces is equal to the number of marriages. In a few years, no doubt, marriage licences will be sold like dog licences, good for a period of twelve months, with no law against changing dogs or keeping more than one animal at a time.

One wonders whether his other predictions will also come true.