In a coarse gesture that will live in the annals of pettiness and political prejudice, Mrs Thatcher was denied the honorary degree to which she was entitled.

I was therefore fascinated to see the letter (in Vol 29 No. 1) with a double whammy: praise for the above shameful abuse of impartiality and an equally ‘impartial’ wish for David Cameron also to be cheated of his potential honorary degree. The letter caricatures the Brexit saga, entirely ignoring the compelling democratic necessity for granting a referendum, not that any such issues should affect the bestowal of an honorary degree on an Oxford Prime Minister.

The partisan attitude and the ignorant misuse of custom reflect not on these two eminent servants of their country but on their petty detractors.