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Mind your language

Letters

Was it really necessary for you to quote Peter Hendy's remarks verbatim regarding Balfour Beatty? Surely four asterisks would have sufced in lieu of the word actually used.

Robyn Grif ths-Jones (M ret), 45 Abbots Oak Drive, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 4SB I object to the use of a fourletter word in your publication in the article on Peter Hendy.

Do we have to stoop so low?

Bob New, bobnew@street management. org. uk I've never written to NCE before but I was shocked and disgusted at the use of the f-word in your news article regarding Metronet (NCE last week).

The quote may have been accurate, but it was quite unnecessary and brings you to a lower level than the tabloids.

Terry Burns, Associate, Arup 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol BS1 6JZ Editor's note: Peter Hendy's views on the London Underground PPP contract last week were published in a full and unedited manner to try to convey the strength of his feelings on the subject. The decision to print the 'f-word' was certainly not taken lightly.

After much discussion, the word was printed to strengthen readers' understanding of Hendy's situation and to help convey his genuine anger and frustration about the subject.

Printing strong language is not something that we do very often in NCE and if it offended - and clearly it has offended some readers - then I apologise for this.

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