11 APRIL 1998, Page 27

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Sir: Once upon a time everyone knew what bad taste was; now, someone has to write a priggish letter. Though I fear I am in a minority, I have to dissent strongly from the view that your cartoon covers are a matter for congratulation (Letters, 28 February). Any person portrayed undergoes a type of denigration, subtle or otherwise, impossible to counter. Is there really any need to leave your readers each week with a slightly foul taste in the mouth? Isn't it pathological for anyone to enjoy this taste? Or for you to encourage it? And another point: the last thing we need is a Jeffrey Bernard Mark II. Spectator readers shouldn't need their egos boosted by public figures being held up to ridicule or by contemplating life's failures. Findlay Dunachie

12 Rowallan Gardens, Glasgow