The British press has the narrowest political range in editorial policy of any country in Western Europe. What is missing from Mr Seymour's article is any acknowledgement that the Mirror is the only national newspaper to have supported Labour. Its partisanship has been partly in proportion to its uniqueness and isolation. It would be an affordable luxury for the Conservatives to lose the unstinting support of one newspaper, because they possess a near- monopoly of the others. For Labour it would be catastrophic.
The situation might be more reassuring if Mr Seymour could persuade some of his professional colleagues to take a similarly admirable, independent and maverick line, and to stop behaving like apparatchiks of Central Office. As it is, I fear that the Mirror is going to be bled of its political 'clout' under auspices of journalistic integrity. This must bode ill not just for the Labour Party, but for the democratic expression of dissenting politics generally.
K. M. C. O'SULLIVAN
Worthing, West Sussex
24 FebruaryReuse content