Letter: Modern barbarity

Modern barbarity

Sir: I was surprised to see in your report today (15 May) on the treatment of runaway protesters the expression "medieval brutality". Is this intended to indicate some moderate form of repressive conduct? If not, would not "20th-century brutality" be more apt? It is hard to think of a century which could equal ours in systemically callous disregard for basic rights.

Dr D A SYKES

Oxford

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