23 JUNE 1973, Page 5


Sir: I thank Mr Ian Harvey for his courteous admission of error (Letters, June 9). He finds my address amusing. May I say that quite high on the list of things I dislike about homosexuals is what they have done to the harmless word ' gay '. For callous vandalism there is little to choose between at tacking the Pieta with a hammer and infecting the noble minstrelsy of the Scottish border with associations from the world of Andy Warhol.

As for the rest of Mr Harvey's letter, I thought I had made it clear that I do not deny the wrongness of our society's punishing homosexuals for being homosexuals. Only the fact.

D. Watkins.

Gaycroft, Laleston, Bridgend, Glamorgan