Privilege makes everything OK

Things will always be pretty much OK for Johann Hari and his overprivileged associates ("Just you wait until I grow up", 9 July). Even if their liking for a few lines of coke at a May ball were to turn into something a bit more inconvenient, there would be parents and (more importantly) parental money on hand to make everything all right again. It is entirely unsurprising that Hari fails to distinguish between his own lot and that of a troubled, uneducated kid on crack in a leprous Ladywood squat.

David Hirst

This article first appeared in the 23 July 2001 issue of the New Statesman, In the line of fire