Sir, - If holders of public office and recipients of remuneration from the taxpayer are found in conduct which is unwise, mistaken or ill judged, is there any arbitrary, totalitarian, capricious or whimsical criterion by which it can be determined that the holders will continue to hold and the remunerators will continue to pay?

Yes! Mr Spring's confidence in their "integrity" rather than in their competence, judgment or respect for the public.

Conforming to that criterion, is there anyone who is especially notable for longevity of tenure and security of remuneration?

Yes! Mr Spring.

But is it not the voters' and tax payers' own responsibility if only kettles are available to call the pot black? Yes! - Yours, etc.,

Lakelands Close,


Co Dublin.