Letters - The warmongering Observer

John Pilger (3 February) says that the Observer's pro-war stance is betraying the paper's traditions built up under David Astor. In the same issue, Amanda Platell wonders whether the paper's selection of readers' responses to its warmongering editorial accurately reflected the balance of letters received. Being an anti-war letter writer I asked the Observer just this question. The postbag, I was told, had been against war, but only by around 3-2. So not only has the Observer changed its stance on wars, it has also, Brecht style, been replacing its readership. Perhaps we need a regime change in Farringdon Road.

Keith Flett
London N17

This article first appeared in the 10 February 2003 issue of the New Statesman, Stop: wrong PM on the line