LETTER : Remembering George Wigg

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I HATE to take issue with Alan Watkins, without whose sane and lucid writing my Sundays would be so much poorer. But in his column last week ("The twenty who prove that politics is worth the candle") he described George Wigg as an unpleasant man and an "elderly kerb-crawler". From 20 years of journalistic dealings with Wigg, the worst I could say was that he could be selfish and inconsiderate, and a dreadful bully, although a lot of that was Magwitch in the churchyard.

So much for opinion. The fact is that at his court hearing Wigg was acquitted of kerb-crawling, whatever contentious remarks the magistrate made to cloud the outcome. Surely that matter ought to end there.

Ivan Rowan

London SW10