Leading question

Last week's leading article was a powerfully argued comment on the current terrorist crisis. Could the author add a footnote to the piece explaining how such a powerful editorial can follow a two-page advertisement from an arms manufacturer?

Matthew Keegan
London N1

Yes, as I wrote on 1 October, advertising and editorial are kept entirely separate on the New Statesman. Neither is allowed to influence the other. The Editor

This article first appeared in the 15 October 2001 issue of the New Statesman, A nation in panic