13 November 2003
Bush state visit
Peter Chivall [letter November 11] expresses resentment towards the forthcoming state visit of president Bush.
The invitation was extended well before any significant anti-US sentiment existed.
There has been no erosion of our independence since we have been dependent on the US for our security since 1942.
The trade loss to the UK on knitwear, steel and bananas are insignificant compared to our export gains.
The existence of a Nuclear Missile Defence Programme acts as a deterrent and also protects the UK.
It is extremely unlikely that Blair would "plot" with Bush.
The war against Iraq was legal according to UK and US law, and not "decreed illegal" by any other institution.
And it is also extremely unlikely that the spooks would have read his letter before me.