Letter:Aitken's double failure

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From Professor Peter Alexander

Sir: Whether Jonathan Aitken knew about the sale of arms to Iran via Singapore is surely irrelevant to his fitness for high office. If he did not know then he failed to know crucial things that he was paid to know; if he did know then he failed to respect the regulations made by his own Government. Either renders him unsuitable for ministerial office. To suppose that his claim not to have done anything illegal is a defence against any accusation of wrongdoing is to show a moral insensitivity that should not be tolerated.

Yours faithfully,


Emeritus Professor of


Farnham, Surrey

30 March