Letter: Silver linings

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From Ms Elenor Hutcheson

Sir: Miles Kington ("Any way the wind blows", 24 February), is nearer to the truth than many will realise. The Met Office moves to Trading Fund status on 1 April 1996, which means that it will have to become even more enterprising in the use of its resources.

In fact, the Met Office already sells advice to umbrella and raincoat manufacturers (and numerous others). As the Government is so keen on privatisation, maybe we should sell our presentational skills to politicians - as we already do for TV presenters in Nairobi and Singapore, for example.

Yours sincerely,


Bracknell, Berkshire

24 February

The writer is chairman of the Met Office Branch of the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists.