2 FEBRUARY 2002, Page 28

Racial dis-harmony

From Mr Michael Ware Sir: John Whelan, Conservative leader of the London Borough of Lambeth (Letters, 12 January) should not condemn Barry Humphries for describing traffic wardens as 'vindictive black bastards' but look to those London boroughs which appear to have allocated the job of traffic warden almost exclusively to black people. In the view of all right-thinking Londoners, traffic wardens are indeed 'vindictive bastards'. It is the councillors who have made sure that we now think of traffic wardens as 'vindictive black bastards'. Not a recipe for racial harmony.

Michael Ware

London Nil)