Oscar for stewart
3rd September 2003
Congratulations to Ian Stewart (September) for the most lucid description of quantum theory I have ever read. He deserves an Oscar.
Solihull, West Midlands
2nd September 2003
There is a tone of sleepy complacency about your September foreword that staggers me. To suggest that “the real reasons for British participation in Iraq were too geopolitical for popular consumption” aligns you with every demagogue and dictator since wars began. Read the testimony of Hermann Göring at his Nuremberg trial: “It is always a simple matter to drag the people along… All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same for any country.”
Your pious hope that “a decent, progressive British government does not suffer too much damage for its decision to join the US” is not good enough for Prospect.
30th August 2003
I was bemused by Mark Ashurst’s long attack on my views about Africa-written from London WC1 (Letters, August). Those of us who try to tell the truth about what is going on here-and of course one can get it wrong, nothing is simple-are frequently put in our place on politically correct grounds by indignant letter-writers from W4, WC1 and NW3. All such writers, it turns out, are great experts on Africa, have made a quite deliberate decision not to live here, but are indignant that someone who has made that choice has views about it that do not conform with theirs. Does anyone else see this as comic? How would Prospect readers react if an article trying to set out some difficult truths about Britain was followed by indignant letters from Johannesburg, Harare or Durban, by people who claimed to know all about Britain, had chosen not to live there but were indignant about the views of someone who did because he wasn’t positive enough about the place he had chosen but they hadn’t?
Cape Town, South Africa
4th September 2003
John Bradley’s thoughtful commentary (September) on the reform programme being pursued in Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Abdullah, and the challenge it poses to conservatives in the political and…