Letter: Think British, not English

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Sir: The table accompanying Andrew Gamble's article creates more problems than it solves.

For instance, it seems odd to place Enoch Powell on the same axis as Oswald Mosley and Colin Jordan. Powell combined his opposition to "coloured" immigration with anti-Europeanism and free market economics. Mosley, on the other hand, moved from Conservatism to left-wing socialism, ending up as an apostle of the fascist "corporate state", rather than of unfettered capitalism. After the Second World War, he supported a united Europe rather than a "Little England" nationalism, but all without abandoning his anti- Semitism. Colin Jordan, on the other hand, was little more than a rabblerouser (and never even a member, let alone a leader, of the National Front); the roots of what might rather generously be described as an "ideology" lay in the state interventionism and racialism of the German Nazis.

Yours sincerely,

D. F. King

Sidney Sussex College


John Cundill

London, SW15