Letter: Victims of divorce

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The Independent Online
Sir: Divorce has "liberated" this country's unhappy marriages as the pistol "liberated" previous centuries' swordsmen from getting blood and guts all over their feet. The carnage didn't cease; it just no longer messed up their clothing. If divorces were only about couples, then I would accept Polly Toynbee's finding (20 March) that "in almost every case ... it has made people happier in the end". But divorces happen to children. They are not "confusingly offered a Mummy and Daddy image as the ideal" - they actually have a Mummy and Daddy, rancorously separated, between whom they commute whether they wish to or not.

Christine Roe

Nishinomiya, Japan