Letter: Sting in the tale

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From Mr Peter Donaghy

Sir: I read with interest your reference to the suggestion in court that Sting's A-level in economics should have helped him to have a better understanding of his financial documents ("Sting's adviser jailed for pounds 6m theft from star", 18 October). As Gordon Sumner's former teacher of A-level economics, I would have willingly given evidence to the fact that his course contained no reference to personal finance, concentrating as it did on macroeconomics. However, it provided him with a sound appreciation of the workings of the balance of payments, as his positive contribution to Britain's visible and invisible earnings perhaps gives testimony.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Donaghy

Newcastle upon Tyne

22 October