Survivors of the sperm wars

Cristina Odone (23 July) predicts men will riot at being made redundant by new technology enabling human eggs to be fertilised without sperm. Nasty! It could be as bad as the historic Restaurant Riots, when chefs and waiters, made obsolete by the invention of the intravenous drip, ran amok.

Desperate to compete with the clinics, some men may resort to impregnating women free of charge, or offer orgasms with their services. Some may even (God forbid!) stoop to contributing to the costs of raising the offspring . . .

Connaire Kensit
London SW15

This article first appeared in the 06 August 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The Murdochs: a family saga