Letters - We're nicer out there

In one of the most unselfconsciously ironic pieces I have ever read in the NS, Darcus Howe tells us about being warned by a convicted IRA terrorist about his personal safety in Belfast (18 April). The next time Howe visits Belfast, rather than sit alone in his hotel room on the advice of a terrorist, he ought to go out and mix with a more representative sample of locals. Then he might find that, rather than being knife-wielding racists, most of us are quite reasonable.

James Moore
Belfast

This article first appeared in the 25 April 2005 issue of the New Statesman, How the greens were choked to death