LETTERS : Utopian folly

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HOW DOES Neal Ascherson propose to decrease the population from its present total of some 60 million to his ideal of 4 million ("What should come first, the little acorn or the large oak?", 1 January)? By voluntary means? Or does he feel that the liberal, Humanist, Utilitarian approach of the last 300 years, which also saw the population of England increase tenfold, has been a waste of time, and Hitler's policy of Lebensraum for the German race would be a useful model for his Utopian 23rd century Britain? Careful, Mr Ascherson, these are dangerous musings in these days of chaos.

D I and C D Abbott Radcliffe