Letters - Handling charge

Lauren Booth's close encounter with the "melon assessor" (20 October) reminds me of a line attributed to the late Beryl Reid. In a crowded lift, it is said, she suddenly held aloft a man's hand and announced: "Does this belong to anybody? I found it on my bottom."

Keith Norman

This article first appeared in the 27 October 2003 issue of the New Statesman, Scrap privatisation now