Letter: Policy as defined by the Government

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Sir: Talking with a friend, we concluded that, while this country is rarely served well by its politicians, the current government seems particularly inept; we were dismayed by the apparent lack of a policy on transport or a policy on energy, or on education, or on anything at all.

Reflecting on this, it occurred to me that the Government may be employing some meaning of the word 'policy' I am unaware of. So I looked up 'policy' in Chambers English Dictionary and one meaning is 'a system of administration guided more by interest than by principle'.

This explains everything.

Yours faithfully,

STEPHEN J. GARRETT

Somerton, Somerset

9 February

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