21 MARCH 1987, Page 25

Ill fares . .

Sir: It would be a pity to end this corres- pondence (Letters, 7 March) without men- tion of that other distinguished Oliver Dr Oliver St John Gogarty. His piquant parody of Goldsmith ran: Ill fares the land to hastening ills a prey When louts accumulate and Lords decay.

Paddy Falloon

Millicent House, Sallins, Co. Kildare.