Letter: Uffizi query

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The Independent Online
Sir: Let me get this straight. You want me to give money for the restoration of the Uffizi to an Italian government minister? It shows a lamentable grasp of European politics even to think of such a request ('Help restore the Uffizi', 2 June).

Far better for the Independent and its readers to sponsor the restoration of a specific painting or paintings. Then, maybe, we would see our money used for the purpose for which it was given. Otherwise, if fraud doesn't get it, Italian bureaucracy will.

Yours faithfully,

SIMON WALDER

London, SE11

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