The obvious comment on Paul Johnson's attack on the Portuguese Government in your issue of August 31 is that, even if everything ever alleged against that government were true twice over, it would still not match what was done in Nigeria during the civil war, with the connivance and assistance of the British Labour Government, and with the unflinching approval of Paul Johnson.
Moreover, since the end of the war, it has been proved irrefutably that senior members of the labour Government lied themselves black in the face, before Parliament, about Britain's part in the war. So far as I know Paul Johnson has been too busy striking moralistic poses about the wickedness of Tories and foreigners to take notice of these revelations.
I write this not to defend the Portuguese C.iovernment (which certainly appears to be ruthless, unjust and dishonest) but to call attention to the hypocrisy of Paul Johnson. Why should he be allowed to get away with his hammy imitation of John Bright's statue when the record shows that he is prepared to condone the most atrocious wickedness when it is committed by people wearing the right political badge? David Watkins "Gaycroft," Laleston.
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