BUSINESS Minister Kwasi Kwarteng telling the Andrew Neil Show on BBC2 "I am just saying what people are saying" recalls a much smarter politician from a different age, the mercurial George Brown. Told by an interviewer that "people were saying" bad things about the Labour government in general and him in particular, he demanded to know "which people, I want names". So vehement was his response any interviewer encountering him in future followed this path at their peril. This time the minister entered the danger zone of his own accord.

It is interesting to contemplate the result if the usually determined Andrew Neil had chosen to go the way of George Brown, and, for as long as it took – Jeremy Paxman versus Michael Howard comes to mind – kept demanding: "Which people, minister? Give us names. Viewers are entitled to know."

Russell Galbraith, former Head of News, Current Affairs & Sport, Scottish Television, Bearsden.

Crude TV

IT would appear that an increasing number of television dramas are preceded with a warning that they contain a permutation of strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, nudity, and scenes which some viewers may find disturbing. All set for an evening of entertaining viewing.

Does it not seem strange that other forms of the media, such as radio and newspapers, do not find it necessary to resort to "strong", or foul, language? Nor is it customary for most of us to encounter this in our day-to-day activities in business, the hospitality industry or in shopping. It begs the question as to why this should apparently be considered the norm in some productions for television.

As for the "scenes of a sexual nature", it seems that these have become almost obligatory content in most dramas and the predictability of some of the scenes and their execution have become not only tedious but risible.

Malcolm Allan, Bishopbriggs.