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Cheerful Commies

Reading Philip Hensher’s review (“Children of the Revolution,” March) of David Aaronovitch’s book on his parents I found myself unable to recognise the portrait of his father Sam. Hensher took it as read that Sam Aaronovitch was not only wrong on his extreme left-wing politics but that he was a graceless and essentially unsympathetic character, cut offfrom reality.

I knew Sam Aaronovitch in the 1980s when he was Editor of the journal Local Economy. He was always cheerful and good humoured and very courteous to me, a young publisher from a liberal public school background with whom presumably he shared virtually no convictions.

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In Prospect’s March issue: Peter Pomerantsev describes the situation in Eastern Europe as the governments of Hungary and Poland turn right. Simon Tilford, from the Centre for European Reform, questions the substance of David Cameron’s EU deal and Philip Collins argues that Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for purpose. Also in this issue: Peter Kellner shows us that we are feeling more optimistic than during the last stages of the last Labour government and Jessica Abrahams explores the sexism of Valentine’s Day. Plus Justice Malala on South Africa and the Prospect Duel asks: "Should all immigrants learn English?"