Facing multifaith jump jets

Nicolas Walter (Letters, 10 January) still thinks Europeans have chosen co-operation, mutuality, humanity and so on, in preference to God-bothering. If he looked around, he'd see nearly everyone rushing to turn mutual organisations into plcs, banishing travellers from the human race, competing for wealth and so on. All the great secular virtues he lists were on the agenda at the start of the century, and people just got bored with them by the end.

Walter is still the ace-atheist in his Sopwith Camel, but now he's facing multi-faith jump jets and not just God's Red Baron. He needs to find new defensible positions and update his armaments.

Robin Oakley-Hill
Sevenoaks, Kent

This article first appeared in the 17 January 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The plot to keep us puffing