Here are some of my letters that did not make the pages of that outspoken, high-minded magazine of the radical left, the New Statesman.
"Tony Blair's premature departure demonstrated one simple truth. Not even the best and most resilient of leaders can survive the kind of character assassination exemplified by your snide editorial remarks about his Middle East posting (2 July). However I can understand your disappointment since Blair potentially risking his life in the pursuit of peace doesn't really give you the knocking copy that a lucrative lecture tour in the USA would have provided."
"Following John Pilger's cover story of April 16, "Iran: we are being led into the most serious crisis in modern history" I have submitted a new verb to the Oxford English Dictionary for consideration. This is "to pilger" which means to grossly distort and exaggerate with a view to creating maximum hatred and alarm."
"Those, like the New Statesman (Leader, 9 October), who claim that the Iraq war has gained recruits for the jihadist cause are saying no more than that the cause of terrorism is resisting it. The answer is therefore quite simple. 'We surrender!'. "
They can dish it out but I'm not so sure about whether they can take it.