l WHEN Alan Watkins writes: "Mr Michael Foot fought the last war with conspicuous gallantry from the Evening Standard offices in Shoe Lane" (4 June), I'm not sure what is the implication. Foot volunteered for the armed forces at the outbreak of war and was rejected because he suffered from asthma. Shoe Lane was far from being the safest place to spend the war; it was well within the danger zone of the Blitz and was in fact bombed.

Mervyn Jones

London SW1