Letter: Swiss breath of fresh air

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Sir: Hurrah for the Swiss canton of Uri (22 February). Uri, for all its minature status, has struck a major blow against the road mammoths which one day will destroy us all.

Instead of whingeing about the Urians' effect on Euro-trade, we should be welcoming their right- minded blow for the air we breathe.

If only the now-defunct anti- motorway independent state of Wanstonia had secured the same system of direct democracy, east London might not now be facing the loss of 350 homes to make way for the M11 link road and the same 40-tonne juggernauts the Swiss have snubbed.

Yours faithfully,


London, E11