Latin lessons

I was delighted to see the allusion to Fabius in your second leader ("A classical lesson in true courage", 15 October), but surely there is another way of looking at it. As the poet Ennius put it, Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem ("One man saved the state by delaying").

By putting off the election, Gordon may have saved us from Dave, though whether that would be a fate quite as terrible as conquest by the Punic hordes may perhaps be debatable.

John Dearing

This article first appeared in the 22 October 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Who’s afraid of Michael Moore?