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Is a little bullying really that bad?

While there is undoubtedly a lot of truth in Virginia Ironside's excellent article about Anne Robinson (Comment, April 26), I find that The Weakest Link poses very interesting questions about how we can be stimulated to strive for the best.

Is a little bullying so very bad? My best biology teacher and music teacher were both wonderfully dramatic bullies and I was so terrified of them that I was inspired to get things absolutely right.

I do not think Robinson should "just occasionally have dropped the dominatrix persona ... so we could all see that it was just a game".

We're not idiots. We know it is a game - just as we know that beneath the persona of a strict teacher lies a heart of gold.

RACHEL GREENWOOD

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