18 MARCH 2006, Page 26

Gordon’s dress code

From Basil Dewing

Sir: Irwin Stelzer is wrong to write that ‘Brown wouldn’t be caught dead in a dinner jacket, much less white tie’ (‘Cameron is the Tory Muhammad Ali’, 11 March). The Telegraph has published photographs of Gordon Brown wearing white tie in Scotland and America. Is his uncouth behaviour at the Lord Mayor’s banquet in London a deliberate display of his contempt for the English?

Basil Dewing

Great Malvern, Worcestershire