Dutch sensibilities

Paul Routledge (20 March) was so busy sneering at the launch of Paul van Buitenen's book about EU fraud that he does not seem to have noticed that Van Buitenen is not Belgian but Dutch.

The fact that Van Buitenen recommends only a small number of sackings in the European Commission is evidence not of timidity, as Routledge suggests, but of typically Dutch virtues: not scattering abuse at random and not wanting to make a scene. No wonder life in this country is so agreeable.

Jim Burfield
The Hague, Netherlands

This article first appeared in the 03 April 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Englishness: who cares?