In a word . . .

I was interested to see John Bercow (NS Interview, 13 November) use the homophobic term "federast" to describe supporters of Britain's involvement in Europe. "Federast" is the favoured denunciation of pro-Europeans by the anti-Semitic, racist French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, who first started using the phrase when Bercow was secretary of the Monday Club's race and repatriation committee.

Denis MacShane MP
House of Commons, London SW1

This article first appeared in the 20 November 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Interview - Lord Falconer