Scrutonising Czechoslovakia

Roger Scruton was as generous in his review of my Czechoslovakia (Books, 24 September) as I could wish, given that we profoundly disagree on principles, but he credits the Czech neoliberal right with far more political integrity than they deserve. They have betrayed their Scrutonian views many times. Is it acceptable, for instance, to be corrupt? To be anti-constitutional (breaking up Czechoslovakia without implementing the constitutionally required referendum)? To legislate according to principles of collective guilt (the 1991 lustration law)? To assume electoral mandates where none has been given (the break-up of the Czechoslovak state and redistribution of its assets)? Or to insist that those who are not right-wing are anti-democratic (every Czech election since 1992)?

Dr Abby Innes
London School of Economics

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