STOP DEFENDING LORD LEVY — HE BETRAYED THE LABOUR PARTY
Geoffrey Alderman only follows the trend by hurling personal insults at the background of those who have the temerity to question the activities of his old school friend Lord Levy ( JC, May 9). But I have to say that, at my undistinguished public school, if someone had turned on his “friends” as has the noble Baron, he would have been invited behind the bicycle sheds to discuss something other than cycling.
Last year, in your letters column, I predicted that Lord Levy’s activities had done nothing to improve the public perception of the Labour Party or the Jewish community. But I did not realise then that even Levy would publish a book with such destructive timing and the totally irrelevant but juicy nuances about his not-so-new best friend Tony Blair having lengthy massages from Miss Caplin. Did he actually go into the massage parlour as a special envoy to mediate?
I do admit to a sneaking feeling about his relationship with Number 10, but did not realise it would be so soon that we might see Cherie writing that “Lord Levy doesn’t know anything” and describe something he wrote as “a load of rubbish”.
As to the book, it is quite incongruous that comment should be expected from, or even deemed relevant coming from, someone without true political experience or intellect, and whose talent is really in the field of talking people into opening their cheque books. His Honour Barrington Black London NW3
Geoffrey Alderman’s defence of his old school chum, Lord Levy, is most affecting but does nothing to diminish the potential political damage caused by the publication of an installment of Levy’s memoirs days before what turned out to be a disastrous election for Labour.
Timing in such matters is critical and we are left to ponder what lay be- hind the decision of a Labour peer to act as he did.
Alderman is dismissive of political loyalties but without them our cherished political system would suffer. Cllr Jeff Rodin Vice Chair, Jewish Labour Movement Harrow HA3
My old university chum, Geoffrey Alderman, makes a matzah pudding out of my connection with the Zionist Federation, and despite what he says it is a highly regarded body in our community.
It was clearly reported in the JC that my concerns about Lord Levy were made as a longstanding member of the Labour Party and as a former MP, and not as Chair of the Natural History Museum Friends nor as a Chair of the Everton supporters, both of whom I am highly involved with. Eric Moonman Beacon Hill, London N7