Living in London is not so enviable

The idea of any of us feeling "sick with envy" about John-Paul Flintoff's illusory £50,000 profit on his poky London flat ("Home is where my profit is made", 17 January) is laughable. Difficult as it is for Londoners to believe, 84 per cent of us choose rather to live in cheaper, greener, more culturally interesting and altogether less exhausted villages, towns and cities.

Nigel Dickinson

This article first appeared in the 31 January 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Why arms sales are bad for Britain