Letter: Stirring up anti-gay bigotry

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Sir: I was not surprised at the moral outrage expressed by the Prime Minister over some recent National Lottery Charities Board awards. Evidently, these awards, made to charities dealing with anti-deportation appeals, prostitution and gay/lesbian rights are "out of kilter" with the feeling of the general public.

In my view these are the only groups deserving of National Lottery cash. All the other so-called good causes should be properly resourced from national taxation. The National Lottery Charities Board is a substitute for a well-regulated and fair taxation system, and in effect takes money from those people least able to afford it, to subsidise those areas of public life which are rightly the province of public funding.

ALEX FALCONER MEP

(Mid Scotland and Fife, Lab)

Inverkeithing, Fife

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