26 SEPTEMBER 1998, Page 32

An uninvited guest

Sir: Your leading article (12 September) commenting on the granting of asylum to a Romanian homosexual appears to be bend- ing over backwards (forwards?) in an attempt to justify the decision. The flippant tone of the piece — 'there being relatively few fleeing Romanian homosexuals' — is not worthy of the intellectual level of The Spectator. Even when the writer lays aside the ironic tone, his serious comment, 'As always, it is a question of numbers', seems to me to be mistaken. I have always under- stood that the question of asylum is one of principle.

As regards the case in point, I would have thought that the taxpayer had suffi- cient demands on his money without having to support foreign homosexuals.

Peter Kennedy

Clasificador 997 Stgo., Madrid, Spain