In response, we received nearly 100 letters. A large majority of these said we were wrong to give the story such prominence. Below, we publish a selection.
NO WONDER you found it necessary to print a defensive editorial about your front-page story on Cherie Blair. The case it made was far from convincing but it did suggest that you knew your readers would be surprised by the article. I have seen no activityor pronouncements in the political world by Mrs Blair which would justify her legal activity coming under a spotlight. The fact that she appears in public with her husband is a feeble and ludicrous explanation of why her barrister's client li st should merit a front-page splash. Since you admit that barristers have to take cases on the "cab- rank" basis and that the Labour Party was always firm in saying that the poll tax law had to be respected, the story is all the more indefensible.
George Robertson MP House of Commons London SW1Reuse content