Grown up violence
I can empathise with Tina Rath [ FT363:69]. I was the same tender age in the mid-1970s when political machinations gave us headlines like ‘Cabinet Members Axed’; like her, I thought people were actually being killed and that this was an aspect of adult life I wasn’t looking forward to.
However, my credulity was strained when the girl next door returned from a holiday in France and informed me they had a machine that cut people’s heads off. I learnt about the infamous guillotine in due course but it was only in recent years that I discovered it was still in use until 1977. Jeff Tupholme Salisbury, Wiltshire