Published: 01/04/2004, Volume II4, No. 5899 Page 25

I swear in appropriate circumstances and company so do not claim to be a puritan, but I was offended to read the f-word in Michael White's column (politics, page 21, 19 February).

I feel there must be more sensitive folk who will have been even more upset to read it. Please do not join the media trend into crudeness and increasing lack of respect when this is not necessary.

Bill McPate Independent healthcare adviser