Some of us party on

A black man exploding from the toilet suggests to me it must have been a party worth going to ("No fun, please, I'm new Labour", 29 January). And, indeed, my experience of Socialist Workers' Party parties is that they know how to party almost as well as my ex-colleagues in the ambulance service, which is saying something. It's hardly surprising that the torpor which allowed Blair and co to take over the Labour Party translates itself socially. But don't use the same soggy brush on the rest of the left.

Glyn Powell
London WC1

This article first appeared in the 05 February 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - Think, think and think again