Letter: Royal technophobia

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Sir: On your centre pages (9 October) you publish a major article by Rupert Cornwell, a six-column cartoon and three trenchant letters all condemning the remarks of Norman Tebbit on the subject of Britain's multi- ethnicity. Well done!

Immediately above stands your leading article, in which you attack the Queen for inflexibility and a lack of "democratic understanding" for what you describe as a self-deprecating aside admitting her resistance to information technology.

I should have thought that Her Majesty's extremely positive endorsement of the multi-ethnic, multi-faith character of this country - which, by happy coincidence was reported on the same day as Norman Tebbit's regrettable outburst - demonstrates both her flexibility and her responsiveness to the mood of modern society. I also believe that the Queen's views on the subject of race-relations are very much more interesting to most of her subjects than her views on information technology.

JENNY BANKS

Birmingham

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