HE’S a great one for universal stereotypes, isn’t he, your industrious correspondent, Mike Joslin (Have Your Say, Wednesday)?

The rich lack empathy; they feign ignorance of social ills; they have no such problems as mental health issues.

But each stereotype can be shown to be false by counter-example.

Lord Longford, for example, was not short of a bob or two, but had deep empathy for the under-privileged. Arguments based on such silly premises are bound to be false.

Here’s a stereotype that I propose: left-wing correspondents are bitter with resentment and are filled with self-loathing and hatred of their country and of Western culture (those inverted commas around the ‘Great’ of Great Britain really stick in my craw).

But I’m not basing any argument on that stereotype.

Mike Joslin obviously doesn’t know what neo-Darwinism is, either.

We’re all neo-Darwinists these days, including, I suspect, Mike. Neo-Darwinism is the synthesis of Darwinism, which includes natural selection, and genetics, of which Darwin knew nothing. It is not to be opposed to natural selection as it incorporates it. And that really destroys the impact of his final point, I think.

My father left school aged 10 when the leaving age was 13, because his family (the Americans would call them “dirt poor”) needed the small income he could make then as a bird-scarer. Because he had no education, he was determined that his children would be educated. My brother won a scholarship to a good fee-paying school; I didn’t but went to the local Grammar School. We both have PhDs, and have happily joined the middle classes where, lo and behold, we find Mike Joslin, and he’s bossily trying to tell those who have some money that they should not spend it on educating their children.

Tony Fisher

Spa Road

Weymouth