LORD LEVY DID NOT BETRAY LABOUR — LABOUR BETRAYED HIM
Your correspondents who attacked Lord Levy’s “betrayal” of Labour ( Letters, May 16) would appear to be suffering from political amnesia, hence their forgetting that Labour betrayed him.
The party’s elite were only too pleased to exploit him as a front-man in their dubious fundraising operations while the going was good. But when awkward questions began to be asked about the methods they had authorised him to employ on their behalf, they saw him as an easily expendable scapegoat and swiftly distanced themselves from him, leaving him to take the flak alone.
But let us not “labour” under any delusions. What really upsets those correspondents is that His Lordship has, through his memoirs and in recent TV interviews, revealed the ugly reality behind Labour’s carefully woven veil of “spin” and deceit; a situation about which they have ample cause for anxiety. Steven R Harvey Cheadle, Cheshire
His Honour Barrington Black begins his second attack on Lord Levy ( Letters, May 16) with the statement, “Geoffrey Alderman only follows the trend by hurling public insults” and then audaciously closes his letter by himself personally insulting Lord Levy as being “someone without true political experience or intellect”.
There is an old adage that says, “A man will be judged by his deeds”.
I couldn’t help pondering on what Lord Levy and His Honour Barrington Black are most likely to be remembered for, in the fullness of time.
I suspect that Lord Levy’s heritage will be his unstinting work and personal financial help to Jewish Care.
His Honour is more likely to be remembered for the derisory comments made on the internet and in the press when he sentenced a burglar with 262 convictions to a sevenyear jail sentence plus an ASBO order which required the burglar to seek permission before he entered any stranger’s home. Ron Goldstein Cockfosters, Barnet, Herts EN4
I refer to His Honour Barrington Black’s letter in which he comments that Lord Levy is without “true” intel- lect. In my capacity as headteacher of JFS School for several years until 2007, I worked closely with Lord Levy, who is its president. Throughout that time, until the present, I associated with a number of leading academics and intellectuals and have always found Lord Levy’s intellect to be most impressive. Dame Ruth Robins London NW1
Michael Levy did not oversee the merger between the Welfare Board and the Blind Society which created Jewish Care, nor was he the new charity’s first chairman ( JC, May 16).
A basis was agreed in 1988 for the merger of the organisations and this was implemented in 1989.
During 1989 Michael Levy was invited to take up a position on the board with responsibility for fundraising and this he did from 1990 with distinction.
I was appointed first chairman of the new charity. David Lewis succeeded me in 1991 and Michael Levy succeeded him in 1992 as the third chairman of Jewish Care. Jeffrey Greenwood London NW3