What our ministers should learn from Tony Blair

Given how lifeless our well-decorated newspapers are becoming, the only place to get some juice is in the LTTE (letters to the editor) columns. Sample this letter in today's Telegraph, Calcutta:


Sir—The British prime minister, Tony Blair, choosing to fly in a low-cost airline while returning from Italy should be a lesson to the central and state ministers of India. Indian politicians brazenly fly executive class and stay in five-star hotels at the cost of the taxpayer with total disregard to the fiscal status of the country. Parliament needs to pass a bill which will make it mandatory for the ministers to travel low cost and stay in the state-sponsored guest houses in order to save the exchequer thousands of rupees.

Yours faithfully,
A.S. Mehta, Calcutta.