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IT IS hardly surprising that Sir Ron Dearing (19 December) wants a two-tier education system. After all, he formerly led the organisation that makes first and second class into its raison d'etre - the Post Office.

Charles Murray, London N17

KEITH FLETT (Letters, 19 December) seems to think that a red ribbon implies an anti-sexist stance. I thought it stood for Aids awareness.

Gordon Joly, London E14

I AM surprised Alan Watkins didn't mention that Dick Spring was an Irish rugby international. This has, I suggest, a political as well as a sporting significance. He also graduated from Trinity College, Dublin.

J W Kennedy, Wetherby, Yorks

ROWLAND MORGAN in his fascinating Bumper Index (Review, 19 December) revealed that the people of China ate 544 million chickens in 1980 and more than 910 million chickens in 1993. Presumably, this is due to increasing population and prosperity. But if China becomes as prosperous as North America, for 910 million chickens read 500 million cars. Then Mr Morgan will have something to worry about.

G Bannerjee, Herts

ON the front page of your last issue there was a notice stating that your newspaper would not be published on Boxing Day. As no one is likely to think a Sunday newspaper would publish on a Monday that must go down as the most unwanted news of 1993.

P S Rools, Solihull

ALI KHESTMAND, the former prime minister of Afghanistan, ('Ousted Soviet puppet claims social security', 19 December), has no claim on our state benefits. His passport describes him as 'a former prime minister'. He is clearly talented at dissembling and, furthermore, is available for work. He should start tomorrow.

Sidney Purvis, London E3