Cold comfort

Jackie Ashley's inventory of the contents of the political fridge ("The great refrigerator scandal", 28 January) was instructive, but not quite complete. Lurking at the bottom behind democratic scrutiny is a great heap of mouldering memory lapse. It's at least 30 years since CFCs in refrigerators began to compete with acid rain as the favoured brow-furrower of amateur environmentalists, as well as quite a lot of people who actually knew what they were talking about.

Even at this late stage, it would be useful to spend some money on developing a fridge that can die with dignity, without bequeathing its pernicious fluorocarbonate half-life to the atmosphere.

Elisabeth Dunn
Hexham, Northumberland

This article first appeared in the 04 February 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Revealed: how Labour sees women