Rex has raised, once again, the subject of public art and has mentioned Henry Moore and Antony Gormley as examples of this genre. I have no objection to public art so long as the public are not forced to pay for it through the rates. A small minority might see something of artistic merit in a Henry Moore sculpture but, I dare take a bet that the great majority of people would view it as a meaningless piece of stone. Antony Gormley made his name with the Angel of the North but I doubt if many people would willingly contribute to the cost of such a thing out of their own pockets. Those who want such "art" should pay for it themselves. The rest of us would prefer to see our rates spent in a much more useful, sensible and beneficial way.