Space is too precious for such floss

Where are the New Statesman's priorities? Victoria Moore and Bee Wilson are intelligent, elegant writers on worthless themes. Hedonism, murdered animals, opulence - why aren't these bourgeois commentators retained by snobbish lifestyle magazines? These trivial, indulgent musings have no place in a journal that is supposed to explore social justice - its deficits, remedies and barriers to its achievements.

How hard it is to credit that the editor who champions political and cultural material can allow space for such floss. It causes this cynical observer to suspect that the NS knowingly publishes female columnists who are not themselves silly, but who consciously write with spurious and divisive intensity about selfish and silly concerns.

Lorraine Hewitt
Whitstable, Kent

This article first appeared in the 17 April 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - The rise of the ergonarchy