Sir: Polly Toynbee complains that some of the attacks on Emma Nicholson were motivated by a dislike of women ("Why do they hate her so much?" 4 January). She may be right in other cases, but my Daily Express article, quoted no less than three times in the attached montage, cannot be criticised on these grounds.
I wrote of "her teenage grasp of political reality" and suggested that she sought the sweets of office and fame. I also said (indisputably, I believe) that "the poor woman has no idea what she thinks". I would cheerfully say the same about that poor man Alan Howarth, now pretending to enjoy himself in the same party as Dennis Skinner.
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