The childish appeal of the Tories

If satire is the art of exposing the contradictions of popular beliefs, then Simon Heffer ("Now Hague can set the political agenda", 8 May) is a master satirist when he writes: "a mature, prosperous, well- educated people thinks it has earned the right to be left alone." The belief that being left alone at the level of society is possible, let alone desirable, is nothing if not childish, reminiscent of a teenager slamming a door in a fit of angst-ridden pique. It is surprising, all things considered, how the Tories appeal to so few young people.

David Tyfield
Bristol, Avon

This article first appeared in the 22 May 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Hacking their way to a fortune