What has colour got to do with it?

Paul Barker ("Sorry, but this is the working class", 25 September) shows where he is coming from with his sympathetic mentions of the old French Poujadist movement (predecessor of the Front National, led by the former Poujadist deputy Le Pen) and his "nobody terrifies the chattering classes so much as the white working class. If the . . . drivers had been black or brown . . . ". Actually we "left-wing snobs" don't care much about the blood group, hair or skin colour of political delinquents. Another set of bullies largely led by small businessmen, the persecutors of Salman Rushdie, deserved and received even greater contempt.

Connaire Kensit
London SW15

This article first appeared in the 09 October 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Schools that teach children to lie