13 JANUARY 1996, Page 25

LETTERS Editor should've stopped it

Sir: Was there in fact an argument buried somewhere in Mr Paul Johnson's raving against the Prime Minister (`And another thing', 6 January)? If so, I must have missed it.

I am not surprised that you felt com- pelled to publish a disclaimer in your edito- rial. A disclaimer, however, does not go far enough. Surely, it is one thing to embrace a wide range of opinion in your journal but quite another to allow it to be hijacked by such delirious and puerile invective.

By the way, am I alone in thinking that, in his repetitive and grudgingly tedious homophobia Mr Johnson protests just a lit- tle too much?

Nicholas Jones

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