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 Blessed are the pure in heart