What should we allow WHSmith to sell us?
I WAS interested in the news item (Echo, October 24) on the policy of W H Smiths over the sale of gun magazines to children.
I can understand the objection from a gun enthusiast that someone aged 13 may legally obtain a shotgun licence under supervision of someone aged 21 or over – and yet may not purchase any of IPC Media's three shooting magazine titles from WH Smiths.
"Free speech" is however not limitless.
I totally support WH Smith on their policy – indeed anyone and anything which can subdue young people's enthusiasm for firearms. Of all the English-speaking democracies, we have one of the lowest levels of gun violence (England and Wales, 0.46 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population which compares favourably with USA at 10.27 deaths per 100,000).
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I would however beg WH Smith to think again about the wisdom of stocking another magazine which you can now find on their shelves.
What Your Doctors Don't Tell You is a bewildering mix of sensible health stories and other pieces which I feel are alarmist and scientifically dodgy.
The magazine of course has a fair sprinkling of ads for "lypospheric vitamin" products, Chlorella-based pills, the famous "Q-link" machine and "miracle enzyme" pills.
Save your money, good people.
The NHS isn't 100 per cent perfect but many countries envy us that we have it.