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Are Maybot’s speeches due an upgrade? | Brief letters2h Are Maybot’s speeches due an upgrade? | Brief letters
Oldham Evening Chronicle | Best banned songs | Pearl Harbor | GPT2 | Jam firstDavid Hibbert is indeed right in noting the loss to the town caused by the Oldham Evening Chronicle ceasing publication (
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Working together on mental health | Letters13h Working together on mental health | Letters
The NHS is making progress in protecting young people’s wellbeing, but wider society has a vital role tooAs a mental health nurse since 1984, stories like this never get easier to read (“
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The ‘war on drugs’ is causing great damage | Letters 15 Feb 11:32am The ‘war on drugs’ is causing great damage | Letters
Readers discuss whether the ‘war’ is the right way to combat the violence fuelled by the drugs tradeYou recently set out in detail the catastrophic consequences of the current “war on drugs” (
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Sustainability is key to the fisheries bill | Letters 15 Feb 11:31am Sustainability is key to the fisheries bill | Letters
If the government’s plans are implemented, our marine environment will be less protected after Brexit than it is now, say signatories including
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European Research Group members should test what support they have | Brief letters 15 Feb 11:29am European Research Group members should test what support they have | Brief letters
ERG | National parks | Women’s self-examination | Giving birth | SconesIf the ERG, that party-within-a-party, had a scrap of integrity, its MPs would resign their seats and fight byelections, if necessary as independents (
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Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters 14 Feb 1:12pm Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters
Readers discuss the benfits that can be gained from studying the artsHow I agree with Susanna Rustin (
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Gavin Williams MP – ideal for Crackerjack | Brief letters 14 Feb 1:09pm Gavin Williams MP – ideal for Crackerjack | Brief letters
Children’s TV | Energy | Football | Toilet seats | Peak DistrictHow come no mention of the three performers with by far the greatest number of appearances (
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To avoid environmental catastrophe, everything must change | Letters 13 Feb 12:41pm To avoid environmental catastrophe, everything must change | Letters
Readers respond to an article and editorial on the use of agricultural pesticides and the alarming decline in insect numbersIt is not just the insects that are in serious decline, but also the entomologists who study them (
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John Wood’s Circus in Bath and Stonehenge | Letters 13 Feb 12:41pm John Wood’s Circus in Bath and Stonehenge | Letters
The Circus represents the coming together of the many threads which made up Wood’s philosophy, writes
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The perfect view of Gordon Banks’ greatest save | Brief letters 13 Feb 12:41pm The perfect view of Gordon Banks’ greatest save | Brief letters
Gordon Banks | Lynton Crosby | Sleep disruption | MasturbationWhile popular opinion would have it that the save that Gordon Banks made at the 1970 World Cup was the greatest ever (
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The disastrous effect of neoliberalism on Britain | Letters 12 Feb 1:15pm The disastrous effect of neoliberalism on Britain | Letters
Readers respond to what Mike Carter discovered on his long walk through EnglandCongratulations to Mike Carter on raising such important issues (
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Our constituencies voted to leave – based on an impossible promise | Letters 12 Feb 1:14pm Our constituencies voted to leave – based on an impossible promise | Letters
We are confident that when every Brexit option has been exhausted, we will be able to move to the next stage of our conference policy by campaigning for a new public vote, write 15 Labour MPsAs MPs representing constituencies that voted to leave the EU in 2016, we know only too well about the divisions Brexit has provoked. But we also know that many of the problems that led to the Brexit vote long predated that referendum. Years of austerity, underinvestment, lack of opportunity – all helped to stoke a deep-seated feeling of neglect and anger towards what many saw as a distant and self-serving political establishment. Seen in this context, it is no surprise that so many people in the seats we represent chose to vote for radical change. The offer was clear and compelling: leaving would mean a massive budget boost for the NHS and other public services, we would be able to keep our trade with the EU while growing it with the rest of the world, and prices would fall.
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Don’t forget Sir Joseph Swan’s lightbulb moment | Letters 12 Feb 1:12pm Don’t forget Sir Joseph Swan’s lightbulb moment | Letters
Edison v Swan | Cockleshell Heroes | Rugby ratings | Mountain hares | An odd magazineYour article (
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The meaning of a good, well-rounded education | Letters 11 Feb 1:03pm The meaning of a good, well-rounded education | Letters
Readers share their perspectives on the charitable status of private schools, and the importance of music lessons for pupils of all backgroundsSam Friedman and Daniel Laurison (
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Cambridge doesn’t need a £100m gift but other universities do | Letters 11 Feb 1:03pm Cambridge doesn’t need a £100m gift but other universities do | Letters
Readers respond to news that the University of Cambridge is receiving a £100m gift from the financier David HardingIn choosing to contrast Birkbeck with the University of Cambridge, Marthe de Ferrer hits a nail squarely on the head (
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What chimps can tell us about Brexit | Brief letters 11 Feb 1:01pm What chimps can tell us about Brexit | Brief letters
Snowdon | Chris Grayling | Brexit | SexismFamilies with energetic older children are going to be disappointed when they discover the article on national parks (
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All schools should encourage respect and LGBT acceptance | Letters 11 Feb 12:01pm All schools should encourage respect and LGBT acceptance | Letters
56 members or leaders of religion and belief groups, educationists, campaigners and school leaders warn the Department for Education against any dilution of LGBT advice in the independent school standardsAs members or leaders of religion and belief groups, educationists, campaigners and school leaders, we are concerned by reports that the Department for Education is planning to dilute the advice it publishes on the independent school standards, to no longer stipulate that all independent schools must teach respect for LGBT people. This poses a significant safeguarding risk to LGBT young people, who are still subject to significant levels of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying. Research shows that 45% of LGBT pupils are subject to bullying because of their identity, and the majority hear discriminatory language in school. Challenging LGBT discrimination in school lessons and in everyday school life is fundamental to fostering equality at school and in wider society. This teaching should take place at both primary and secondary level, to stem the development of anti-LGBT prejudice and to support LGBT people in the school community.
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Scanning the horizon for Brexit risks and EU benefits | Letters 10 Feb 1:31pm Scanning the horizon for Brexit risks and EU benefits | Letters
Readers make some points that have not been made before in the debate on British membership of the European UnionIt was so heartening to read Jonathan Freedland’s vigorous call for a proactive coordinated campaign to persuade the public that Brexit has to be stopped (
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Fairer ways to tax property | Letters 10 Feb 1:30pm Fairer ways to tax property | Letters
Council tax needs to be completely revamped, writes
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Taking action over climate inaction | Letters 10 Feb 1:29pm Taking action over climate inaction | Letters
You don’t have to say nice things to rich people to get invited back to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, says
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Every child deserves the magic of music | Letters 10 Feb 1:29pm Every child deserves the magic of music | Letters
Learning an instrument can teach so many life skills, says
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All pupils have a right to LGBT education | Letters 10 Feb 1:27pm All pupils have a right to LGBT education | Letters
Faith schools cannot demand exemptions from democratically agreed school standards whenever they have a religious objection, says
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A good night’s sleep and breakfast in bed for four | Brief letters 10 Feb 1:26pm A good night’s sleep and breakfast in bed for four | Brief letters
Sleep supplement | Generous portions | Women’s self-examination | Saving money on prescriptions | Wordsearch observation | Best obituaryThe front-page trail for your special supplement (9 February) says “The ultimate guide to a good night’s sleep” alongside a picture of a woman occupying the majority of the bed and the man on the edge. I’m not quite sure whether that shows that the woman is having the benefit of a good night’s sleep because she has most of the bed or that the man might benefit because he’s going to drop off quickly.
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Foster carers are heroes, not villains | Letters 10 Feb 1:00am Foster carers are heroes, not villains | Letters
I respect Lemn Sissay, but he was wrong to criticise those who look after children and allow them to flourishLemn Sissay, the fantastically gifted poet and vice chancellor of Manchester University, claims that “children in care are in danger. They are in danger because they’re being placed with foster carers who are unqualified, unskilled and uninformed.” (“
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Overcoming obstacles to access national parks | Letters 8 Feb 11:44am Overcoming obstacles to access national parks | Letters
Readers respond to a report which reveals that England’s protected countryside is out of reach for poorer peopleWe are disappointed but sadly unsurprised by the findings of the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s research (
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Social media aren’t to blame for rising anxiety | Letters 8 Feb 11:37am Social media aren’t to blame for rising anxiety | Letters
It’s the state of the world that’s worrying young people and also older ones like me, says
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Tooth decay and the time to finally Lego | Brief letters 8 Feb 11:35am Tooth decay and the time to finally Lego | Brief letters
Homemade dentures | Brexit self-harm | EU expansion | Steve Bell | Tickling tortureA dentist friend (
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Leave grey squirrels and all animals alone | Letters 7 Feb 1:17pm Leave grey squirrels and all animals alone | Letters
Squirrel meat isn’t cruelty free, says
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Private schooling at the public’s expense | Letters 7 Feb 1:17pm Private schooling at the public’s expense | Letters
Readers respond to a Robert Verkaik article about subsidies given to private schoolsRobert Halfon, chairman of the House of Commons education select committee, is right to defend the principle of “continuity of education” for government staff serving overseas (which applies to the MoD, FCO, DfID and families from other departments). However, he is wrong to say that use of exclusive, eye-wateringly expensive “public” schools by government staff at taxpayers’ expense is due to the lack of availability of state boarding schools (
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Why disaster capitalists are praying for a no-deal Brexit | George Monbiot 7 Feb 1:16pm Why disaster capitalists are praying for a no-deal Brexit | George Monbiot
They want to tear up our green regulations so they can plunder and pollute the environment for profitPart of me wants to smash it all up. I want to see the British bubble burst: the imperial nostalgia, the groundless belief in the inherent greatness of this nation; the casual dishonesty of those who govern us; the xenophobia; the intolerance; the denial; the complacency. I want those who have caused the coming disaster to own it, so that nobody ever believes them again. No-deal Brexit? Bring it on. Such dark thoughts do not last long. It will be the poor who get hurt, first and worst. The rich leavers demanding the hardest of possible Brexits, with their offshore accounts, homes abroad and lavish pensions, will be all right. I remember the eerie silence of the City of London. While the bosses of companies producing goods and tangible services write anxious letters to the papers, the financial sector has stayed largely shtum. Shorting sterling is just the first of its possible gains.
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New plan to deliver NHS care to children | Letters 7 Feb 1:16pm New plan to deliver NHS care to children | Letters
There is a new dedicated programme in place to deliver comprehensive, whole-person care to children and young people, writes
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Husband dabbles in DIY dentistry | Brief letters 7 Feb 1:15pm Husband dabbles in DIY dentistry | Brief letters
Homemade teeth | Mountain hares | James Charles | Actors v writers | High streetsYour headline “
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We must fight to save our dying high streets | Letters 6 Feb 1:12pm We must fight to save our dying high streets | Letters
Readers discuss the decline of high streets across the country and suggest what can be done to combat itJohn Harris offers a powerful lament on the decline of our high streets (
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Hope on racial prejudice, despite the Liam Neeson claims | Letters 6 Feb 1:11pm Hope on racial prejudice, despite the Liam Neeson claims | Letters
Readers respond to the controversial comments made by the actorI agree wholeheartedly with every word Gary Younge has used to so eloquently express his views on the Liam Neeson confession (
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Len McCluskey and Brexit negotiations | Letters 6 Feb 1:11pm Len McCluskey and Brexit negotiations | Letters
50 members of Unite call on their general secretary to immediately withdraw from his negotiations with Theresa May, and urge MPs to vote down the Tory Brexit dealAs members of Unite, we are deeply concerned by reports that our general secretary, Len McCluskey, is entering into direct negotiations
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True aims of the Syrian Democratic Forces | Letters 6 Feb 1:11pm True aims of the Syrian Democratic Forces | Letters
Their military aim is the defeat of Islamic State and their political goal is secular democracy and autonomy in northern Syria, not the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, writes
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Margaret Thatcher deserves further elevation | Brief letters 6 Feb 1:10pm Margaret Thatcher deserves further elevation | Brief letters
Statue in Grantham | Placenames | Tickling | Jeremy Corbyn | WaitroseMight I suggest that instead of a 3.3 metre plinth for Grantham’s new statue (
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My daughter’s life is priceless, but the NHS must not overpay for drugs | Letters 5 Feb 1:32pm My daughter’s life is priceless, but the NHS must not overpay for drugs | Letters
The mother of a young woman with cystic fibrosis and other readers respond to a report and editorial about the prohibitively high cost of life-saving drugsMy 22-year-old daughter has cystic fibrosis (
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Forget the Brexit blame game for now, and fight back | Letters 4 Feb 1:29pm Forget the Brexit blame game for now, and fight back | Letters
Guardian readers’ views on how to avoid Brexit catastrophe – because it’s not over yetTwo articles on the same day – one by Jonathan Freedland, one by Ian Jack – provide usefully related perspectives. One is of the battle for the votes of MPs from England’s post-industrial regions (
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Jeremy Hardy, the honorary Jew who held out an olive branch | Letters 4 Feb 1:29pm Jeremy Hardy, the honorary Jew who held out an olive branch | Letters
Hardy was a goyim who pitched ‘insider’ jokes perfectly, says
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4 Feb 1:29pm Lambeth cutting family centre funds | Letters
All councils have to react to government cuts – the test is how, says
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Suicide coverage: it’s a complex issue | Brief letters 4 Feb 1:28pm Suicide coverage: it’s a complex issue | Brief letters
Teen mental health | Inoculation | Justice system | Football | Crows v rooksHadley Freeman excels often but her piece on the blaming of Instagram for the suicide of Molly Russell was both brave and clever (
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The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters 3 Feb 1:08pm The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters
Readers respond to a recent article and letter published in the GuardianI would like to clarify that, contrary to your article (
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Government was warned about cutting legal aid | Letters 3 Feb 1:08pm Government was warned about cutting legal aid | Letters
The Laspo review should reflect the good that prompt help with legal problems brings, says
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The Parthenon marbles had a time and a rightful place for Keats | Letters 3 Feb 1:07pm The Parthenon marbles had a time and a rightful place for Keats | Letters
An enlightened British Museum should begin talks with the Greeks about returning the sculptures, says
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The dangers of a little bit of this and that | Brief letters 3 Feb 1:07pm The dangers of a little bit of this and that | Brief letters
Student loan interest | Rooks and crows | PG Wodehouse | Adding this and that to recipesIf Mr Adcock (
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We still don’t understand our EU neighbours | Letters 3 Feb 12:59am We still don’t understand our EU neighbours | Letters
Why can’t we get our heads around the fact that they do things differently across the Channel?Jeremy Cliffe’s article reminds me of my experience working on the European mainland (“
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Question time over Fiona Bruce and the BBC | Letters 1 Feb 11:47am Question time over Fiona Bruce and the BBC | Letters
Readers discuss the treatment of Diane Abbott on Question Time, audience balance and the need for impartialityI was the “woman at the back” on last Thursday’s Question Time from Winchester (
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Call for action on Sudan protests | Letters 1 Feb 11:45am Call for action on Sudan protests | Letters
MPs and others call for UK government action to protect Sudanese protesters, and
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War metaphors in cancer conversations | Letters 1 Feb 11:43am War metaphors in cancer conversations | Letters
Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins argues that people with cancer are fed up of the language of war, but not everyone agreesThe language and imagery used by those talking about cancer can, as Simon Jenkins suggests (
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Get stuck into the marmalade debate | Brief letters 1 Feb 11:34am Get stuck into the marmalade debate | Brief letters
The Duchess of Argyll | Fortnum & Mason shoppers | Bird spotting | Sugar content of jamI assume that if the BBC drama about the Duchess of Argyll is screened (
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Tipping the balance of power against private landlords | Letters 31 Jan 1:31pm Tipping the balance of power against private landlords | Letters
Readers discuss the problems facing tenants in the private rental sectorIt is odd that we would expect landlords such as Fergus Wilson (
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Labour councils, Tory cuts and a century of fighting austerity | Letters 31 Jan 1:31pm Labour councils, Tory cuts and a century of fighting austerity | Letters
Labour values are at the heart of protecting our most vulnerable residents, says
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What the L is going on in the football league tables? | Brief letters 31 Jan 1:29pm What the L is going on in the football league tables? | Brief letters
Sugar content of jam | Diana Athill | King Canute | Football league tables | RooksIt seems ironic that Public Health England should condemn jam on the grounds of its high sugar content (
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The Brexit hardliners ready to ruin Britain have won | Letters 30 Jan 1:04pm The Brexit hardliners ready to ruin Britain have won | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Tuesday’s Brexit votes in the House of CommonsIf the Brexit amendment votes proved anything, it’s that the Tory party does not serve the best interests of the country, just their own (
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‘The will of the people’ is a largely rhetorical device | Letters 30 Jan 1:04pm ‘The will of the people’ is a largely rhetorical device | Letters
Fewer than two-fifths of the eligible UK electorate voted to leave the EU, points out
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Brexit is the wrong answer to the wrong question | Letters 30 Jan 1:03pm Brexit is the wrong answer to the wrong question | Letters
We need an honest discussion about the causes of rising poverty and how leaving the EU would make matters worse, writes
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No deal, no problem – if you shop at Fortnum & Mason | Brief letters 30 Jan 1:02pm No deal, no problem – if you shop at Fortnum & Mason | Brief letters
Effect of Brexit on Poles | Smartly dressed leavers | Solving the obesity crisis | Bargaining with Theresa May | Bar gagYour account of the effect of Brexit on Poles living here (
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History films can fake it – they’re art, not journalism | Letters 29 Jan 1:32pm History films can fake it – they’re art, not journalism | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ article about fictional history films being the new threat to truthIs Simon Jenkins trying to turn the clock back (
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Infighting Tories risk taking the country down with them | Letters 29 Jan 1:31pm Infighting Tories risk taking the country down with them | Letters
Readers respond to Matthew d’Ancona’s article on how ‘Brexit has summoned the very worst demons that lurk in the Conservative psyche’I read Matthew d’Ancona’s insightful and pertinent column with interest and agreement (
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The need for better soil, and fewer people | Letters 29 Jan 1:29pm The need for better soil, and fewer people | Letters
Farmers should be incentivised to switch to nature-friendly farming techniques, writes
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From Les Misérables to les gilets jaunes | Brief letters 29 Jan 1:25pm From Les Misérables to les gilets jaunes | Brief letters
Performative workaholism | Brexit and Groundhog Day | London concert hall design | Les Misérables | Identifying corvidsRe your Shortcuts item (
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How to retain teachers in the current climate? | Letters 28 Jan 1:27pm How to retain teachers in the current climate? | Letters
Guardian readers respond to education secretary Damian Hinds’ new strategy for teacher retentionDamian Hinds’ recognition of the need for a new teacher retention and recruitment strategy is to be welcomed (
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EU membership is the only good deal | Letters 28 Jan 1:19pm EU membership is the only good deal | Letters
If the British parliament votes for amendments that undermine the Irish backstop and hence the legally binding Good Friday Agreement, MEPs simply won’t vote for itAll the focus of Tuesday’s amendments to Theresa May’s Brexit deal is on which, if any, will gain a majority in the UK parliament. Entirely absent from the debate is the critical role of the European parliament. MPs seem to have lost sight of the fact that the withdrawal agreement needs to be ratified by MEPs. If the British parliament votes for amendments that undermine the Irish backstop and hence the legally binding Good Friday agreement, MEPs simply won’t vote for it. From a European perspective, Tuesday’s parliamentary debate on amendments is pure theatre. The EU27 have made clear that there is no possibility of reopening negotiations on the deal. Neither are they likely to agree to extend article 50 simply to allow British politicians to indulge in months more of fantasy deals. The only amendment that will have any traction with our EU partners is one that takes this whole mess back to the people through a people’s vote. MPs who genuinely want to find a way out of the gridlock need to give up imagining there is a “good” Brexit or a “better” Brexit. We need to allow people to vote for the best deal of all, our current membership of the EU.
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Pimlico school was architectural jewel | Letters 28 Jan 1:19pm Pimlico school was architectural jewel | Letters
The demolition is arguably the most philistine architectural destruction since the demolition of the Euston Arch, writes
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Con or cop, they’re all in the same boat | Brief letters 28 Jan 1:18pm Con or cop, they’re all in the same boat | Brief letters
Court closures | Rachel Whiteread | Parakeets | Rooks v crows | Post-Brexit parachuting | Air travelYour front-page article on magistrates’ courts (
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Major gaps and missteps in domestic abuse bill | Letters 27 Jan 1:30pm Major gaps and missteps in domestic abuse bill | Letters
Campaigners and readers voice their fear that the draft bill could fail thousands of women, call for Britain to play a global role, and question the use of polygraph testsThe government’s draft
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Putting Venezuela’s crisis and US intervention in historical context | Letters 27 Jan 1:28pm Putting Venezuela’s crisis and US intervention in historical context | Letters
Readers respond to recent developments in Venezuela, raising concerns about US involvementIt seems extraordinary that your leader on the situation in Venezuela (
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Finally, a Tory MP is shocked by austerity | Letters 27 Jan 1:24pm Finally, a Tory MP is shocked by austerity | Letters
Readers respond to the news that Heidi Allen MP has embarked on an anti-austerity tour and discovered terrible poverty in the UKIt’s good to see that a Tory MP is moved to tears by witnessing the terrible poverty that exists in this country (
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Prince Charles’s visit with royal cushion carrier | Brief letters 27 Jan 1:16pm Prince Charles’s visit with royal cushion carrier | Brief letters
Royal travel habits | ‘Fuck-me shoes’ | Smallpox inoculation | The 30 best box setsYour report (
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A house is a home, not an income stream | Letters 27 Jan 12:59am A house is a home, not an income stream | Letters
The scandal of homelessness and sky-high property prices will only be solved through increases in taxesIt is no coincidence that the housing disaster started under the Tory government led by Margaret Thatcher. She actively aimed to destroy the concept of council housing, along with all types of public ownership, and propelled greed to the forefront of British life (“
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Down with the meritocratic elite | Letters 25 Jan 11:16am Down with the meritocratic elite | Letters
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Metal bands, Comic Sans plus the benefits of spit | Brief letters 25 Jan 11:15am Metal bands, Comic Sans plus the benefits of spit | Brief letters
Jacob Rees-Mogg | Diana Athill | Suing the Sun | Customised cleansers | Narrowboat benefitsI see that Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks that the Queen should suspend parliament if a no-deal is ruled out (
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Ways to break out of the Brexit deadlock | Letters 24 Jan 12:49pm Ways to break out of the Brexit deadlock | Letters
There is no ‘wisdom of the crowd’, says
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Is it time for the UK to back regime change in the US? | Brief letters 24 Jan 12:48pm Is it time for the UK to back regime change in the US? | Brief letters
Bangladesh clothing factories | Haggis origins | Age limits | Nancy Pelosi as head of state | Prince PhilipYour report (
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Collateral damage from laws around euthanasia | Letters 23 Jan 1:05pm Collateral damage from laws around euthanasia | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Christopher de Bellaigue that asked whether euthanasia has gone too farIn response to the excellent article on what we can learn from the expanding practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands (
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Manchester led the way with a four-day working week | Letters 23 Jan 1:05pm Manchester led the way with a four-day working week | Letters
Nearly 50 years ago, BBC Radio Manchester was ahead of the game with concern for its journalists’ work/life balance, says
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Better way to be a bean-counter | Brief letters 23 Jan 1:04pm Better way to be a bean-counter | Brief letters
Paying tax | Suez crisis | James Dyson | Welsh language | London’s new concert hallWhile heartily
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Brexit goes glossy in Wetherspoon’s pubs | Letters 22 Jan 1:05pm Brexit goes glossy in Wetherspoon’s pubs | Letters
Readers respond to John Harris’s article on the disenfranchisement felt by some leave votersRegarding John Harris’s article (
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Antony Gormley’s statue is the new flasher of Folkestone | Brief letters 22 Jan 12:57pm Antony Gormley’s statue is the new flasher of Folkestone | Brief letters
Healthcare for all | Books | Ofsted | Markeaton footbridge | Antony Gormley | Elderly driversIn 1999, we had a student from Ghana on a summer school at Oxford who needed immediate hospitalisation. At A&E, he asked if they wanted to see his passport and medical insurance. The nurse said: “Sir, all I need to know is that you’re sick.” Let’s keep that kind of NHS (
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Ofsted’s grade fixation fails pupils and teachers | Letters 21 Jan 12:44pm Ofsted’s grade fixation fails pupils and teachers | Letters
Readers respond to Ofsted’s new guidelines and plans to re-examine its inspection systemThe chief inspector has launched a consultation on the new framework for the inspection of schools and colleges (
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Steiner schools aren’t cranky – we develop heart, head and soul | Letters 21 Jan 12:44pm Steiner schools aren’t cranky – we develop heart, head and soul | Letters
Readers respond to Zoe Williams’ article about Steiner schools and the free school agendaZoe Williams (
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Prince Philip and telling your dad to give up driving | Letters 21 Jan 12:43pm Prince Philip and telling your dad to give up driving | Letters
The assumption that reaction speeds get slower as we age may not be correct, says
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Up the Brexit canal without a paddle | Brief letters 21 Jan 12:43pm Up the Brexit canal without a paddle | Brief letters
Sex Pistols | Watery adventures | Compostable wrapping | Organic cleanserI have always thought that the Sex Pistols’ “Don’t know what I want / but I know how to get it” was not so much a “futile, inexplicable gesture” (
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The need to breathe new life into adult education | Letters 20 Jan 1:19pm The need to breathe new life into adult education | Letters
Readers respond to a thought-provoking article by Laura McInerneyAs a former mature student who escaped a life of dead-end jobs thanks to Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) classes and Ruskin College, I welcome Laura McInerney’s case for revisiting adult education after 100 years and supporting mature students (
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Perspective on black knife crime | Letters 20 Jan 1:19pm Perspective on black knife crime | Letters
The causes of stabbings in the black community cannot be understood from intellectual or prejudicial positions, argues
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How to get over our Oxbridge obsession | Letters 20 Jan 1:18pm How to get over our Oxbridge obsession | Letters
The offers of Oxbridge places to 41 pupils at a single east London state school highlight the inequalities in our education system, say
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Rwanda, rights and the Commonwealth | Letters 20 Jan 1:18pm Rwanda, rights and the Commonwealth | Letters
The Commonwealth’s core values are compromised by allowing Rwanda to host its next summit, says
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Desperately seeking Prince Philip’s fantasy car insurer | Brief letters 20 Jan 1:18pm Desperately seeking Prince Philip’s fantasy car insurer | Brief letters
British values | Duke of Edinburgh | Engagement rings | Personal anniversaries | Men shavingThe most shocking comment to feature in the Ofsted report of one “inadequate” Steiner academy was that “Pupils’ understanding of fundamental British values is underdeveloped” (
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Private schools are a very public problem | Letters 20 Jan 12:59am Private schools are a very public problem | Letters
We know the system is unfair, but is the best solution really to make fee-paying schools accessible to ‘state-subsidised’ pupils?In their piece about Britain’s private school problem, David Kynaston and Francis Green start, thankfully, by owning up to their own privileged education and that of their children (“
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Scrapping of nuclear plant should see UK renewables filling the void | Letters 18 Jan 11:13am Scrapping of nuclear plant should see UK renewables filling the void | Letters
Readers respond to news that Hitachi has pulled out of the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant in AngleseyThe pulling out of Hitachi from the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant is a good thing for energy policy – not a serious blow as said in the article (
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Observing a national nervous breakdown | Letters 18 Jan 11:13am Observing a national nervous breakdown | Letters
Readers respond to Fintan O’Toole’s suggestion that Brexit was never about EuropeFintan O’Toole’s wonderful article (
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Chemistry beats biology for elegance | Brief letters 18 Jan 11:11am Chemistry beats biology for elegance | Brief letters
Chemistry and facts | The Grauniad | Tights and stockings | Duke of Edinburgh | Customised cleansersWhile I applaud the recognition given to the discovery (or invention) of the periodic table (
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Trying to keep our heads amid Brexit chaos | Letters 17 Jan 12:50pm Trying to keep our heads amid Brexit chaos | Letters
Readers respond air their views on turbulent times in British politicsIt’s not only those with “serious wealth” who are worried about the radical changes that might occur after a rupture with Europe (
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EU’s role in improving workers’ rights is overstated | Letters 17 Jan 12:50pm EU’s role in improving workers’ rights is overstated | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Aditya Chakrabortty, in which he stated that the left must back remainAditya Chakrabortty tells us (
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West mustn’t ignore threat of al-Shabaab | Letters 17 Jan 12:50pm West mustn’t ignore threat of al-Shabaab | Letters
As Kenya mourns the dead of another major attack,
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Not all jumping for joy at Jonny photo | Brief letters 17 Jan 12:49pm Not all jumping for joy at Jonny photo | Brief letters
Vegan recipes | Pub closures | Jonny Wilkinson | Ann JonesInteresting to see (
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In search of a way out of Brexit deadlock | Letters 16 Jan 1:41pm In search of a way out of Brexit deadlock | Letters
Readers offer their views after the defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of CommonsWhen a government is spectacularly defeated on a major plank of its legislative programme, the expected outcome is surely a general election, but this is routinely dismissed in your pages, in favour of “constitutional devices” (
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Time for Solskjær to wear the No 10 shirt | Brief letters 16 Jan 1:38pm Time for Solskjær to wear the No 10 shirt | Brief letters
Donald Tusk | RSPB takeover | No lobby | May’s fate | A lesson from history | Ole Gunnar Solskjær for caretaker PMNice of unelected EU panjandrum and Brexit obstructionist Donald Tusk to call for the UK to revoke the decision to leave the EU (
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Carbohydrates, fibre and a healthy diet | Letters 15 Jan 12:32pm Carbohydrates, fibre and a healthy diet | Letters
Low-carb does not mean no-carb, nor does it mean low-fibre, says
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Alex Glasgow and the post-pub revolution | Brief letters 15 Jan 12:30pm Alex Glasgow and the post-pub revolution | Brief letters
Price rise | In praise of the Guardian | Alex Glasgow | Ynys Môn | Viagra treatment for goutI return to Blighty after a week’s holiday in Brussels, and what do I find? You’ve increased the price of the paper to £2.20. What is a pensioner to do? Decisions, decisions. To add insult to injury, on pages 8 and 9 on Monday you have a photo of Theresa May in her constituency. What was wrong with the pics of her attending church on Sundays? They were such a comfortable fixture – not that I approve of the PM or her politics.
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Bored, and going down with the Brexit ship | Letters 14 Jan 12:48pm Bored, and going down with the Brexit ship | Letters
Guardian readers respond to John Harris’s article on Brexit boredom and Jonathan Freedland’s on the ‘looming iceberg’, and speculate as to where the country might be sailing nextBeing “bored of Brexit” is synonymous with the frequently stated opinion that politicians should stop talking and just get on with it (
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Psychological processes at work in Trump and the Brexiters | Letters 14 Jan 12:48pm Psychological processes at work in Trump and the Brexiters | Letters
The pattern is clinically well known and exemplifies one response to attachment insecurity seen first when children are younger than two, writes
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Scandalous increase in school exclusions | Letters 14 Jan 12:48pm Scandalous increase in school exclusions | Letters
Schools are in urgent need of greater understanding and alternative strategies, writes
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Cut funeral costs by donating your body | Brief letters 14 Jan 12:47pm Cut funeral costs by donating your body | Brief letters
Funeral costs | US immigration | Virginia Wade | Jonny Wilkinson | Pessimism | WidnesIt was disappointing that your otherwise valuable article on funeral costs (Money,
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Ahmed Mansoor’s jailing is an attack on human rights. He must be freed now | Letters 14 Jan 1:00am Ahmed Mansoor’s jailing is an attack on human rights. He must be freed now | Letters
Politicians, campaigners and other prominent figures, among them
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Emissions charge in London is a blunt instrument | Letters 13 Jan 12:53pm Emissions charge in London is a blunt instrument | Letters
New pollution charges for motorists in London should not be based on a vehicle’s age, argues
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Gout gags are not funny for sufferers | Brief letters 13 Jan 12:51pm Gout gags are not funny for sufferers | Brief letters
Quads, courts and Englishmen | Maggots in medicine | Gout | Compostable packaging | Glass half full | Guardian readers’ longevityIn his review of Michael Peppiatt’s The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists (
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I salute Jeremy Corbyn, but his time is past | Letters 13 Jan 12:59am I salute Jeremy Corbyn, but his time is past | Letters
The Labour leader has done an important service for the party, but his negative attitude to the EU is too serious to overlookI write as one of the many Labour members identified in Andrew Rawnsley’s article in despair at Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude to the EU (“
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Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters 11 Jan 11:44am Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters
Data grabbing | Country diary | Cost of stamps | A question of perspective | Steepest street titleThe solution is surely to use the non-profit Ecosia search engine that plants trees and quite simply guarantees that it protects your data (
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The misery, despair and pain of universal credit | Letters 10 Jan 12:30pm The misery, despair and pain of universal credit | Letters
Readers offer their views on – and personal first-hand testimony of – the government’s troubled benefits systemRay Taylor (
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Creating a cultural future for all of us | Letters 10 Jan 12:28pm Creating a cultural future for all of us | Letters
A national map of creativity is making local activities more visible, says
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Putting the migrant ‘crisis’ in perspective | Letters 10 Jan 12:27pm Putting the migrant ‘crisis’ in perspective | Letters
Readers respond to reports and commentary on the recent boat crossings in the English ChannelNo, the offer of citizenship to Poles after the second world war did not go “almost unnoticed” (
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Straight from the horse’s mouth | Brief letters 10 Jan 12:25pm Straight from the horse’s mouth | Brief letters
British universities | The dispossessed | When horses don’t neigh | If your glass is half empty | Long livesIs there any hard evidence that leads a group of academics to state “British universities are the strongest and most attractive in Europe” (
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Brexit and the future of British democracy | Letters 9 Jan 12:41pm Brexit and the future of British democracy | Letters
Responses to a Guardian editorial on BrexitYour editorial (
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Awaiting Jeremy Corbyn’s lightbulb moment on Brexit | Brief letters 9 Jan 12:40pm Awaiting Jeremy Corbyn’s lightbulb moment on Brexit | Brief letters
Inspiration from Jane Austen | Labour and the ‘will of the people’ | Irish backstop | Theresa May | BolsoverAs the clamour for a second referendum grows, and hopes of it actually happening rise and fall (
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Anna Soubry abuse reflects the deplorable state of politics today | Letters 8 Jan 1:46pm Anna Soubry abuse reflects the deplorable state of politics today | Letters
Readers respond to the intimidation and ‘Nazi’ slurs faced by the Conservative MPThat a bunch of angry men should think it acceptable to intimidate and abuse Anna Soubry because they disagree with her stance on Brexit is a lamentable reflection of the state of our political discourse, which has been continuously degraded during the past two years (
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Universities needn’t fear a no-deal Brexit | Letters 8 Jan 1:46pm Universities needn’t fear a no-deal Brexit | Letters
With a clean sovereign Brexit, British universities get the best of both worlds, write 15 academicsIn their political intervention, the Russell Group and other university organisations are confusing the constitutionally damaging withdrawal agreement, which must be voted down, with the future partnership, which is yet to be agreed (
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Exercise didn’t disappear with the Greeks and Romans | Letters 8 Jan 1:46pm Exercise didn’t disappear with the Greeks and Romans | Letters
An awareness of the importance of exercise to health remained a mainstay of the health advice literature circulating in Europe from the 12th century, writes
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Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters 8 Jan 1:43pm Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters
Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (
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Learning to deal with mental health issues | Letters 7 Jan 1:18pm Learning to deal with mental health issues | Letters
Readers respond to research suggesting that the link between social media use and depressive symptoms is stronger for girls than boysThe latest findings by University College London support our own research that found girls are significantly more likely than boys to be harassed and bullied online (
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Excellent education in Leicester and Hull | Letters 7 Jan 1:18pm Excellent education in Leicester and Hull | Letters
Leicester College is proud to be the cornerstone of lifelong learning in the city, writes
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A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters 7 Jan 1:18pm A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters
Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes
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11 and a half years a slave to Guardian list of ‘1000 films to see before you die’ | Brief letters 7 Jan 1:17pm 11 and a half years a slave to Guardian list of ‘1000 films to see before you die’ | Brief letters
Private healthcare | End credits | Google Home | Buddleia | BBC payMounting evidence from around the country demonstrates that the use of the private sector to provide health and social care as a substitute for state provision is damaging the health and wellbeing of our population (
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A tip for Brits at the US border | Letters 7 Jan 1:17pm A tip for Brits at the US border | Letters
Fly with Aer Lingus via Dublin, recommends
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Brexit, Labour and what Jeremy Corbyn should do next | Letters 6 Jan 12:49pm Brexit, Labour and what Jeremy Corbyn should do next | Letters
Readers respond to various Guardian articles and letters discussing the Labour party’s stance on BrexitJeremy Corbyn performed a vital task in repositioning Labour as a distinctly left-of-centre party. Though a thoroughly decent man, he has always struggled as leader of the opposition, lacking the necessary presence, self-confidence, articulacy and flexibility of mind, and vision. With his latest utterances (
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Pending disaster of US Syria withdrawal | Letters 6 Jan 12:44pm Pending disaster of US Syria withdrawal | Letters
If the US pulls out, the sane part of Syria will be crushed between the anvil of Assad and Erdoğan’s hammer, writes
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Live in Hope, die in Caergwrle | Brief letters 6 Jan 12:25pm Live in Hope, die in Caergwrle | Brief letters
Elderly magistracy | Hottest destinations | Seaborne Freight | Blue badges | CaergwrleI was a magistrate who had to retire on turning 70, and it is entirely right that I had to do so. A recruitment crisis may justify temporarily lifting this ban; but the principle that the bench should as nearly as possible reflect society at large is important. Defendants may have made unwise choices, but they should all feel that those judging them do understand their circumstances in life. Having an increasingly elderly magistracy (
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Letters: state-school pupils’ double whammy 6 Jan 12:59am Letters: state-school pupils’ double whammy
Reforms to GCSEs leave children in the comprehensive system disadvantaged compared with their privately educated peersThe education reforms are certainly disadvantaging state-educated pupils but in a much more serious way than your article highlighted (“
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Tuned in for debate about TV licences for over-75s | Letters 4 Jan 11:51am Tuned in for debate about TV licences for over-75s | Letters
Readers respond to Gordon Brown’s article on Theresa May’s broken promise to older pensionersGordon Brown is right to highlight the hypocrisy of the Conservatives in reneging on their election pledge to maintain 75-plus pensioners’ free TV licences, at least for the duration of this parliament, and their sheer unconstitutional effrontery in delegating the decision to the BBC (
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To boldly go into my neighbour’s garden | Brief letters 4 Jan 11:46am To boldly go into my neighbour’s garden | Brief letters
Clive Lewis’s ‘wafer-thin’ majority | A miniature Christmas Carol | Positive news, please | Hope, Derbyshire | Pennsylvania, Gloucestershire | Moon landingYour article on the Labour MP Clive Lewis (
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Ethical questions for ad industry and academia | Letters 3 Jan 1:17pm Ethical questions for ad industry and academia | Letters
Readers respond to George Monbiot’s article about the part publicly funded universities are playing in supporting research into techniques for overcoming resistance to advertisingFor decades universities have been falling down on the job of teaching people to think for themselves and selling themselves as trainers for enhanced income generation. It is an abomination if, as George Monbiot reports (
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Next stop: the village of profound isolation | Brief letters 3 Jan 1:07pm Next stop: the village of profound isolation | Brief letters
Suma’s ethical food | Reading the Guardian for a longer life | A sweet tooth | Cultural deserts | Paris near Holmfirth | New Yorks and New Zealands in the UKThank you for shining a light on Suma (
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A lack of care for young people in mental distress | Letters 2 Jan 12:01pm A lack of care for young people in mental distress | Letters
Readers respond to Guardian reports on a GP survey suggesting that a shortage of mental health care is putting children at risk, and on a shortage of mental health staff in the NHSWe, as a group of child mental health professionals, academics, campaigners and politicians, agree with the sentiments expressed in your front-page article (
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Fare rises and a railway system that is badly failing the country | Letters 2 Jan 12:00pm Fare rises and a railway system that is badly failing the country | Letters
Readers respond to the latest round of rail fare increasesI had a few minutes spare while waiting at my local station, so I put some fictitious long-distance return journeys into the ticket machine to see what the costs were, just to amuse myself (
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Since when have we been at war with the EU? | Brief letters 2 Jan 12:00pm Since when have we been at war with the EU? | Brief letters
Older magistrates | New year firework display | The Ashes | Hollywood, Worcestershire | Nasereth near CaernarfonIn describing the judicial retirement age as a “waste of talent” (
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The government is in denial on homelessness | Letters 1 Jan 10:18am The government is in denial on homelessness | Letters
Readers discuss who is to blame for the rise in homelessness in the UK and what should be done about itWith great sadness I read the housing secretary James Brokenshire’s comments explaining away the responsibility of the government with individual causes to homelessness (
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A whole new take on putting the paper to bed | Brief letters 1 Jan 10:17am A whole new take on putting the paper to bed | Brief letters
Brexit | Ice stores | New Year | Quick crossword | Place namesThe time for Theresa May to urge parties to put their differences aside was when she emerged from a needless general election without a majority (
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Brexit will not unite a divided nation | Letters 31 Dec 2018, 12:17pm Brexit will not unite a divided nation | Letters
Readers respond to recent articles about Neil MacGregor, the blitz spirit and Seaborne FreightA fascinating quote about the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics from Neil MacGregor (
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Identity, culture and definitions of Jewishness | Letters 31 Dec 2018, 12:17pm Identity, culture and definitions of Jewishness | Letters
Toby Moses’ vow never again to insist he’s not a Jew draws responses from
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June Whitfield’s Marks & Spencer knickers and other revelations | Brief letters 31 Dec 2018, 12:15pm June Whitfield’s Marks & Spencer knickers and other revelations | Brief letters
June Whitfield | County Durham | “Revealed” headlines | Coat-trailing | Post-holiday spreadSo June Whitfield has passed away at 93 (
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Female footballers list is a massive win | Brief letters 30 Dec 2018, 12:07pm Female footballers list is a massive win | Brief letters
Top 100 players | Low minimum wages for young people | Steve Bell, Peter Schrank and Keira Knightley | Sandwich puzzle | Placenames: Dorset’s River Jordan and Sodom in WalesAlmost a year ago, I wrote to you after your list of the 100 best footballers in the world came out, asking you to publish a list of the 100 best female footballers in the world (
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New leftwing party would cure Britain’s malaise | Letters 30 Dec 2018, 12:59am New leftwing party would cure Britain’s malaise | Letters
The two old, class-based parties have served their time and are riven by discord – we badly need a left-of-centre alternativeWill Hutton states that the emergence of a left-of-centre alternative to Labour is no longer inconceivable (“
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What it takes for the Tories’ callous legal aid cuts to hit home | Letters 28 Dec 2018, 11:37am What it takes for the Tories’ callous legal aid cuts to hit home | Letters
Guardian readers discuss the high social cost of austerity being imposed on the UK’s legal processIt is certainly true that many people are being deprived of access to justice following the legal aid cuts (
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Speak clearly now to dodge Brexit iceberg | Brief letters 28 Dec 2018, 11:36am Speak clearly now to dodge Brexit iceberg | Brief letters
Brexit equivocation | Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the Trumps | Garden bridge | Place namesIn
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