SUE SAMPSON'S criticisms of Phil Andrews ('My doubts over Phil Andrews', Chronicle letters, November 6) are puzzling.

Sue Sampson says of Phil Andrews that he: 1. Referred to Nick Griffin as his 'old mucker' and that he is interesting to talk to. She omitted to say both statements occurred in the context of a clear analysis and strong condemnation of Griffin's politics. Are we not allowed to recognise any qualities in someone with objectionable views? I recall that that rabid old racist Wagner turned out some rather good music. 2. Criticised the magazine Searchlight. Can Searchlight not be questioned? I am aware of serious misreporting in the magazine. It is definitely not above criticism. 3. Sends his children to a private school. If true, this makes him like some leading members of Sue Sampson's party. 4. Is part of an administration making education cuts of £2.4million. Are all cuts to any education service wrong? If so, then Sue Sampson must feel uncomfortable with her party's national policies.

Wouldn't it be more helpful if Sue Sampson used her time to explain the policies she supports?

DAVID PAVETT Thornbury Road