It's an all-white fantasy

I am surprised the NS has not considered the potential for outrage in including the pseudo-black character Ali G in a closed list for a fantasy cabinet, while allowing no space for a single black political figure - except as a token minister without portfolio (Fantasy Politics, 29 January).

I shall not be boycotting the competition, but proposing Diane Abbott as Britain's first black woman prime minister. I am sure other black figures will appear after some thought (Lee Jasper for Home Secretary?). I trust the judges will not further undermine the progressive reputation of the magazine by excluding my entry.

Daniel Blaney
Chelmsford, Essex

This article first appeared in the 05 February 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Laughing all the way to No 10?