From Mr Robert Leader Sir: It is somewhat unfair of Mick Hume (Another voice, 8 April) to accuse left-wing liberals of reneging on their principles. His LM magazine has, after all, gone further down that road than most. Summed up neat- ly, the thesis of his magazine is that the mar- ket is a relatively positive institution which needs to be defended from some imaginary onslaught by reactionaries on the Left. Meanwhile, Mick Hume's ever-decreasing circle of supporters go out of their way to identify with right-wing policies, using phras- es such as 'these uncertain times' and 'the uncharted waters of post-Cold War politics', favourite cliches used to justify whatever is LM's flavour of the month.
A couple of issues that LM had little to say about in its last few months are the gov- ernment's drive against immigrants and the attempt to curb the right to trial by jury. Why is this? Because these are issues large- ly championed by left-wingers, from whom the writers of LM wish to distance them- selves. In 'these uncertain times' is it any wonder that some are repelled by LM to the extent that they distrust what it says about matters such as Bosnia?
Forest Fields, Nottingham