SIR - Alan Bates and his like-minded Little Englanders have worked themselves into a self-righteous frenzy about the BBC’s deciding not to broadcast the singing of Rule Britannia at this year's Last Night of The Proms.

But what they think should be ignored by the BBC because in truth it is only those whose forbears were sold as slaves who are entitled to an opinion on this matter. If they don’t mind then we shouldn’t mind but if they object then the BBC must stand by its decision.

Brian Holmans, Langley Road, Bingley