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This column is rarely concerned with contentious issues, unless they are in the past, but, this week, the fate of public( ). This had been estimated only to £1,800-but estimates are largely irrelevant in charity auctions. All admirable, but I learn that some LGBT activists are agitated by the NHS ‘appropriation' of a symbol they regard as their own. Were it the rainbow flag, that might be reasonable, but no one should own the rainbow itself, which, after all, has a near antediluvian pedigree.

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