Sir Winston Churchill was a great statesman, but was very possessive about the British Empire. He was much against giving freedom to British colonies and once said "If granted freedom, the power will pass in the hand of looters thieves and brigands, and every thing will be taxed except the air the people breathe". Interesting observation and food for thought-DR ZULFIQAR HAIDER, Lahore Cantt., via e-mail, June 19.