Not such an open-and-shut case

Mark Steel (Diary, 4 June) seeks to denigrate those who install formidable letterboxes. I don't want to stereotype Newham voters, but when I started leafleting there ten years ago and encountered a plethora of such boxes, I assumed they were to prevent the racist abuse of posting excrement, lit fireworks or worse which had been occurring. Or these homes were very draughty.

Sherry Macliver
London NW1

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