Less sentiment, more truth

Ziauddin Sardar ("A dying body attracts vultures", 4 June) should have spent more time in Bradford than a cheap day return.

For a start, the area he writes about is not called Lamb Lane, it's Lumb Lane. This area was indeed once "famous for prostitution". One reason for this was that a lot of the punters were Asian men who had come to Bradford on their own to get settled in before their families joined them. Or, at least, that's what the prostitutes said. And yes, they were "driven out of the area" a few years ago. That this entailed the usual mix of violence, intimidation and harassment associated with vigilantism should be of little concern. They were, after all, only prostitutes.

But the important thing is that everything is now fine down Lumb Lane. Well, if you ignore the heroin-associated gangsterism, the annual bonfire-night riots, and the reality that no one in their right mind would park their car there at night, then I suppose it is. Wouldn't it be better to stop being sentimental about these things?

Kevin Parker
Keighley, West Yorkshire

This article first appeared in the 11 June 2001 issue of the New Statesman, There are years of fun to come