Victim of a verbal assault

In the course of one short review (Books, 16 April), Stephen Pollard describes Liz Davies as "warped", "puerile", "sneering", "nonentity", "mind-numbing", "snarling", "poisonous" and "horrid". Then he has the cheek to whinge about alleged "verbal assaults" by the left. The Liz Davies I heard speak at the recent Socialist Alliance launch meeting bore no resemblance to Pollard's "poisonous", "droning" caricature. She was a lively, entertaining speaker, who has spent many hours giving assistance to strikers, asylum-seekers and others in conflict with new Labour. What has Pollard ever done for anyone?

Ian Birchall
London N9

This article first appeared in the 23 April 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Blessed are the pure in heart