Sir: The Weasel (26 September) was right to point out the need for a lingua franca for Europe. However, Neo, which he cited, stands little chance of playing that role. It was a well-intended linguistic project which simply did not attract a body of speakers. Esperanto, on the other hand, has been used in speech and writing for over a century. Perhaps La Mustelo, as Esperanto-speakers know him, will care to promote wider use of Esperanto as a neutral common language?
HILARY S CHAPMAN