The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

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

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