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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be most welcome here | Brief letters11h Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be most welcome here | Brief letters
Trump’s racist comments | £50 notes | Holiday eating | Izal toilet paperThere appears to be some uncertainty as to which “home” the four congresswomen could go back to (
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Ofwat has a duty to protect our rivers | Letters12h Ofwat has a duty to protect our rivers | Letters
Ofwat’s proposal to reduce a penalty on Southern Water for its ‘deliberate misreporting of data’ on pollution incidents is wrong, say representatives of 10 river, fishery and wildlife organisationsAs river, fishery and wildlife organisations, we are concerned by
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What role can religion play in modern Britain? | Letters34h What role can religion play in modern Britain? | Letters
Guardian readers respond to our editorial on the decline of organised mainstream ChristianityYour editorial (
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The value of an English degree in the graduate job market | Letters34h The value of an English degree in the graduate job market | Letters
Leading figures from major organisations that support the discipline of English say graduates in the subject are successful in a broad range of careers, while
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The hypocrisy of Trump’s racism | Letters34h The hypocrisy of Trump’s racism | Letters
Adam Slee, Duncan Grimmond, Norman Miller
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Anorexia, DNA, and false distinctions | Letters34h Anorexia, DNA, and false distinctions | Letters
All psychiatric conditions are caused by an interaction between a person’s mind and body, writes
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The Turing test for those in the money | Brief letters34h The Turing test for those in the money | Brief letters
Wahhabi Islam | Boris Johnson | Alan Turing £50 note | Izal toilet paperWhile I agree with the points made by your correspondents (
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Western civilisation’s immense debt to Islam | Letters 16 Jul 12:41pm Western civilisation’s immense debt to Islam | Letters
Readers take issue with Boris Johnson’s view that Islam kept the Muslim world centuries behind the westBoris Johnson is painfully ignorant of the immense cultural, economic, and scientific contributions of Muslims (
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Beware Boris Johnson’s lust for the limelight and power | Letters 16 Jul 12:41pm Beware Boris Johnson’s lust for the limelight and power | Letters
Readers reflect on the Tory leadership frontrunner’s ‘bizarre’ character traitsPerhaps those Conservatives who are voting for a prospective prime minister and Brexit negotiator should seriously consider their positions in view of Boris Johnson’s background, which seems to have formed his unreliable and quite worrying character (
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Capitalism’s take on creative destruction | Letters 16 Jul 12:41pm Capitalism’s take on creative destruction | Letters
For Schumpeter it was the creation that caused the economy to advance, the destruction was a regrettable consequence, writes
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Giving youngsters a sporting chance | Letters 16 Jul 12:41pm Giving youngsters a sporting chance | Letters
Austerity is hindering youth participation, says
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Is this flagging up the end of the union? | Brief letters 16 Jul 12:40pm Is this flagging up the end of the union? | Brief letters
Burnout | Union flag | Cycling | Populism | Loo paperThe scientific jury is out on whether we really are getting busier than we were, so perhaps we’re just exhausted by the growing pile of features on so-called burnout (
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Nothing sinister in being for the many, not the few | Letters 15 Jul 1:26pm Nothing sinister in being for the many, not the few | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Jonathan Freedland about the Labour party and antisemitism’s deep rootsJonathan Freedland implies quite wrongly that Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour supporters take a “malign individual” view of history that feeds a conspiratorial paranoia, rather than seeing history as a stream of mutating, socioeconomic structures (
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When beans means a form of snobbery | Brief letters 15 Jul 1:22pm When beans means a form of snobbery | Brief letters
Tinned food | Tommy Robinson | Air travel | Izal loo roll | Boris JohnsonI can think of many things “more depressing than a chef home-making baked beans when Heinz exist” (
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Leftwing parties must grapple with victory as well as defeat | Letters 14 Jul 1:18pm Leftwing parties must grapple with victory as well as defeat | Letters
A party can win power with populist demagogy but to govern more serious thought is needed, says
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Keeping cricket alive, despite the absence of free-to-air coverage | Letters 14 Jul 1:17pm Keeping cricket alive, despite the absence of free-to-air coverage | Letters
Senior cricket is thriving against the odds, writes
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Knowledge is power – and free at libraries | Letters 14 Jul 1:15pm Knowledge is power – and free at libraries | Letters
The decision not to close 25 libraries in Essex is to be celebrated, whatever the reason behind it, writes
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Inquiry needed into the UK’s role in framing Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe | Letters 14 Jul 1:14pm Inquiry needed into the UK’s role in framing Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe | Letters
The acquittal of this victim of mistaken identity is also a damning indictment of Italy’s and the UK’s misguided anti-trafficking policy in the Horn of Africa, writes
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Churchillian stance taken by Boris Johnson | Brief letters 14 Jul 1:12pm Churchillian stance taken by Boris Johnson | Brief letters
School uniforms | Al-Anon | Izal toilet paper | Triplets title pun | Boris JohnsonYomi Adegoke is right to point out
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Bring on the tartan blankets and half a shandy, I’m happy to embrace later life | Kevin McKenna 14 Jul 12:59am Bring on the tartan blankets and half a shandy, I’m happy to embrace later life | Kevin McKenna
As a survey reveals that the over-50s are joining gyms and having sex, the reality is something rather more comfortable The psychological challenges that arrive with your 50th birthday are rarely addressed in debates about Scotland’s health. To be honest, they’d all been pulsing and fermenting away for a few years before then anyway. Many of us choose to put them in one of those wee mental boxes that psychologists tell their patients to imagine when they want to dodge bad memories and negative vibes. We then mark it with big virtual red capital letters: “NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL YOU’RE 50.” These little red flags range from twinges in your body’s fundamental areas to framing the appropriate reply when the barber asks you how you want your hair cut. The biggest mental and emotional challenge comes, though, when you realise that it can take up to three days for the effects of a hangover to subside. You find yourself having to think very carefully before you embark on one of the great and uncomplicated pleasures of being human: the afternoon bevvy session. Can I cancel the next day and perhaps the day after that? Can I get
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Blame the west for our climate emergency | Letters 13 Jul 3:59pm Blame the west for our climate emergency | Letters
The lifestyle of a small proportion of the population in the developed world is despoiling Mother EarthRobin McKie left the crucial point about population to the very end of his otherwise excellent article (“
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Don’t panic! We’re doing our bit on climate crisis | Letters 12 Jul 12:24pm Don’t panic! We’re doing our bit on climate crisis | Letters
Readers respond to a report about the government’s ‘Dad’s Army’ climate crisis preparations and other letters and articles related to global heatingMichael Barrett (
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Colombia must curb anti-union violence | Letters 12 Jul 12:24pm Colombia must curb anti-union violence | Letters
A plea to the Colombian government to tackle civil society violence and honour the 2016 peace agreementThe International Trade Union Confederation’s latest report shows the shocking extent of violence against trade unionists in Colombia. Thirty-four trade unionists were murdered in 2018 – almost two-thirds of worldwide cases. This is more than double the previous year’s tally of 15 murders, which even then made Colombia the most dangerous country for labour organising. The violence has continued into 2019, with 10 members of the Fensuagro agricultural union killed this year, and 30 since late 2016. Thirteen teachers were also killed in 2018 amid nationwide strike action over conditions and pay.
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Sorry state when a writer is uncredited | Brief letters 12 Jul 12:23pm Sorry state when a writer is uncredited | Brief letters
Bewdley rock | Comedy writers | Izal toilet paper | HellraisersI imagine that the Bewdley rock presented to Adrian Chiles’s dad (G2, 11 July) was from Teddy Gray’s sweetshop in Bewdley. Established in Dudley in 1826, it still produces and sells its own confectionery, Bewdley being one of its outlets. It’s well worth a visit, as is Bewdley itself, a beautiful Georgian town on the banks of the Severn.
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Battle for the Labour party’s soul continues | Letters 11 Jul 1:23pm Battle for the Labour party’s soul continues | Letters
Readers respond to Dawn Foster’s article challenging Tom Watson to leave the Labour party and Matthew d’Ancona’s piece claiming Labour is not interested in taking the centre groundIn challenging Tom Watson to leave the Labour party, Dawn Foster ventilates a widely held frustration – that members of the PLP find it easier to attack their own leadership than this useless government (
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The strengths of Izal and Bronco loo roll | Brief letters 11 Jul 1:21pm The strengths of Izal and Bronco loo roll | Brief letters
Avocado risks | Lip-reading | Shard climber | Mahatma Gandhi | Uses for toilet paperExtreme caution should be used with the suggested method of removing an avocado stone (
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What the European Union has done for us | Letters 10 Jul 1:27pm What the European Union has done for us | Letters
Rory Palmer MEP, Louise Ellman MP, Simon Sweeney, Mike Tomlinson, Dan Levy
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Boris Johnson’s hypocrisy over Sir Kim Darroch | Letters 10 Jul 1:26pm Boris Johnson’s hypocrisy over Sir Kim Darroch | Letters
Sir Henry Wotton’s definition an ambassador has been misquoted again, in the case of Sir Kim Darroch, writes
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Picking up Branson’s rocketing carbon bill | Letters 10 Jul 1:24pm Picking up Branson’s rocketing carbon bill | Letters
Virgin Galactic | Headlines | Women’s tennis | Saw joke | Bull run | IzalI was surprised to find no mention in your report (
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Labour’s Brexit stance: is the fog really clearing? | Letters 9 Jul 1:30pm Labour’s Brexit stance: is the fog really clearing? | Letters
Readers respond to the latest moves by the party and unions on the EU, an editorial about Labour’s position and, and a letter calling for a confirmatory vote on any Brexit decisionThe latest union-agreed stance on how Labour should in future campaign on the issue of Brexit is yet another “ifs and buts” policy (
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UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters 9 Jul 1:29pm UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters
Readers give their views on the fallout from Kim Darroch’s memos about Donald Trump’s administrationSir Kim Darroch appears to have carried out his remit scrupulously and honestly (
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No getting out of chemistry classes | Brief letters 9 Jul 1:27pm No getting out of chemistry classes | Brief letters
GCSE science | Carry On films | Apt surnames | Clueless crosswords | Not enough womenThe idea that a state school can “scrap” GCSE chemistry because “the lab is expensive to maintain” (
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Tree-planting and saving the planet | Letters 8 Jul 12:37pm Tree-planting and saving the planet | Letters
Readers offer practical advice on how to move forwards with a global programme of planting trees to tackle the climate emergencyYes, climate change mitigation requires excess atmospheric carbon dioxide to be absorbed and stored in vegetation (
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Blame the Treasury for the doctors’ tax trap | Letters 8 Jul 12:36pm Blame the Treasury for the doctors’ tax trap | Letters
The head of the hospital doctors’ union,
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This girl’s love of the Blues wasn’t unusual | Letters 8 Jul 12:33pm This girl’s love of the Blues wasn’t unusual | Letters
As a teenage fanatical supporter of Birmingham City in the 1970s, Toni Clark says that on the terraces her gender wasn’t an issueI remember Julie Welch’s name as I was a football fan from 1969-76 (
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Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters 8 Jul 12:33pm Duane Pipe and the sorely missed loo roll | Brief letters
Women’s football | Loo roll | Rare names | Kim Darroch | HeadlinesOne likely outcome of England’s performance in the World Cup (
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Stop the cuts that sap the life out of society | Letters 7 Jul 12:39pm Stop the cuts that sap the life out of society | Letters
Senior figures in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector call for an end to cuts to vital services, plus letters from
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Can we loosen the rich’s stranglehold? | Letters 7 Jul 12:38pm Can we loosen the rich’s stranglehold? | Letters
Britain’s elite will always be immune from the economic misery they cause, argues
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Lazy reporting and the Russell Group | Letters 7 Jul 12:37pm Lazy reporting and the Russell Group | Letters
Journalists tend to focus too much on what happens in the so-called ‘top’ universities, according to
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Grammar schools can be positive force | Letters 7 Jul 12:37pm Grammar schools can be positive force | Letters
The grammar school system would greatly help provide subject-specialist teachers, writes
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Tory leadership battle and a Major Major plot twist | Brief letters 7 Jul 12:35pm Tory leadership battle and a Major Major plot twist | Brief letters
Tory leadership contest | Newspaper headlines | Toilet paper | Gadgets and holidays | British tennis playersJohn Crace says Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been “outdoing one another to prove who is insane enough to be their leader” (
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Private schools are ripe for reform | Letters 7 Jul 1:00am Private schools are ripe for reform | Letters
Unfairness will not be reduced by widening access to university; we need political action based on a long-term vision As someone who has always believed that selling education is wrong, I found myself nodding in agreement with Sonia Sodha’s piece (“
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The trouble with trees as a climate crisis solution | Letters 5 Jul 12:15pm The trouble with trees as a climate crisis solution | Letters
Readers respond to a proposal that planting billions of trillion trees worldwide is the best way to save the planetYour article (
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A people’s vote remains the best way to get through Brexit impasse | Letters 5 Jul 12:15pm A people’s vote remains the best way to get through Brexit impasse | Letters
More than 400 lawyers urge both candidates for the Tory leadership to commit to implement the legal arrangements for a confirmatory vote as an integral part of the Brexit decisionThe 2016 referendum continues to cause mayhem. It is unlikely that a change of prime minister will put an end to this chaos. We are lawyers and write, at this pivotal moment, to reiterate unequivocal support for a people’s vote as the enduring and most effective, democratic means to resolve the Brexit crisis. It is important that politicians, policymakers and commentators properly understand the legal position of a further referendum on any agreement reached by parliament over leaving the EU.
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Neoliberal economics and other fairytales about money | Letters 4 Jul 12:34pm Neoliberal economics and other fairytales about money | Letters
Politics is not about a struggle over a fixed pot of money, says
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Essex, Constable and Gypsy life | Letters 4 Jul 12:29pm Essex, Constable and Gypsy life | Letters
Constable had no time for Travellers, says
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Maternal stress and the male foetus | Letters 4 Jul 12:27pm Maternal stress and the male foetus | Letters
When women are secure and optimistic they produce more boys than usual, writes
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Althea Gibson’s role in transit of Venus | Brief letters 4 Jul 12:26pm Althea Gibson’s role in transit of Venus | Brief letters
Althea Gibson | Alison van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen | Rowland Emett | Poetry books | Steve BellYour article on Venus and Serena Williams and how they “paved the way” for black players on the tennis tour (
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Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt is fit to be prime minister | Letters 3 Jul 1:20pm Neither Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Hunt is fit to be prime minister | Letters
Readers give their views on the two contenders hoping to lead the Tory party – and the countryWhen I was a child during the second world war, British men and women laid down their lives for us. Would they have thought that nearly 80 years later, their descendants would be asked to lay down their jobs for the country (
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Farage’s Brexit party MEPs take a turn for the worse in Strasbourg | Letters 3 Jul 1:18pm Farage’s Brexit party MEPs take a turn for the worse in Strasbourg | Letters
Readers comment on Brexit party MEPs snubbing the EU anthem at the opening of the European parliamentAfter the premiere of his Ninth Symphony on 7 May 1824 in Vienna, Beethoven, who was deaf, had to be turned around to face the cheering audience. In turning their backs to the Ode to Joy (
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You’re never too old to go to Glastonbury | Letters 3 Jul 1:18pm You’re never too old to go to Glastonbury | Letters
Why not volunteer, suggests
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Baseball at London Stadium was the right sport in the wrong place | Letters 3 Jul 1:16pm Baseball at London Stadium was the right sport in the wrong place | Letters
The games played by the US teams in London were fundamentally flawed, says
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Norman Stone was brilliant, funny, a doll | Brief letters 3 Jul 1:12pm Norman Stone was brilliant, funny, a doll | Brief letters
Norman Stone | Cambridge Pre-U | Farne Islands | Headlines | LionessesRe
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A ‘boggler, boggler’ bus just the ticket | Brief letters 2 Jul 12:42pm A ‘boggler, boggler’ bus just the ticket | Brief letters
Books of poetry | Electric buses | Headlines | Slugs and snailsFr Julian Dunn (
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University admissions and messy exits | Letters 1 Jul 12:28pm University admissions and messy exits | Letters
Readers debate routes into university, the mess left behind when students move, and Jeremy Hunt’s student loan promiseBernie Evans asks a critical question about pupils from underprivileged backgrounds and suggests a more generous route into university (
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Festival fatigue and regressive corsets | Brief letters 1 Jul 12:25pm Festival fatigue and regressive corsets | Brief letters
Visa test cheating claims | Michael Rosen | Corsets | Headlines | GlastonburyIs there anything, anything at all, that the Home Office does competently, fairly and in accordance with British principles of justice (
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Glaring gender gap at the G20 | Brief letters 30 Jun 1:05pm Glaring gender gap at the G20 | Brief letters
G20 summit | Jeremy Hunt | SNP | Books | HeadlinesJeremy Hunt believes that an increase in defence spending will, “ensure that we keep Britain safe and walk tall in the world” (
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How to prevent people dying early | letters 30 Jun 12:59am How to prevent people dying early | letters
The link between life expectancy and austerity needs much closer examination The link between austerity and stalling life expectancy, and between inequality and adverse health and wellbeing, is so strongly supported that I am unsure that we need the full-scale inquiry that many eminent epidemiologists are proposing (
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Loosening the grip of the privately educated | Letters 28 Jun 11:48am Loosening the grip of the privately educated | Letters
Readers respond to the news that Britain’s top jobs are still in the hands of a private school elite, and offer solutions to the problemThe Sutton Trust has once more incisively reminded us that we are ruled by a privileged, privately educated Oxbridge elite (
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Essex, lies and stereotypes | Letters 28 Jun 11:46am Essex, lies and stereotypes | Letters
Town planning failures aren’t confined to Essex, according to
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Grenfell and the long wait for a tenants’ watchdog | Letters 28 Jun 11:43am Grenfell and the long wait for a tenants’ watchdog | Letters
Campaigners, including the chief executives of major charities, write to demand the creation a consumer regulator for social housing, in the wake of the Grenfell disasterTwo years after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, bereaved, survivors and residents are growing increasingly frustrated that there has been no response to their demands for a new consumer regulator for social housing. They want the loss of their loved ones to be a catalyst for positive change. Yet we are still awaiting meaningful action from the government as to how it will ensure tenants in social housing are listened to, and how it will genuinely strengthen the regulation of their landlords. Theresa May’s speech at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference (
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Towards a greener aviation industry | Letters 28 Jun 11:42am Towards a greener aviation industry | Letters
The aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions are highlighted by
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Fuchs, festivals and mounting problems | Brief letters 28 Jun 11:41am Fuchs, festivals and mounting problems | Brief letters
Vita Sackville-West | Summer festivals | Muirfield golf club | Apocryphal headlines | Sir Roger CasementDirector Chanya Button defends her terrible film about Virginia Woolf and my grandmother, Vita Sackville-West, (
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Brexit, class and what Labour should do next | Letters 27 Jun 12:50pm Brexit, class and what Labour should do next | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Jon Cruddas in which the Labour MP claimed the party would lose its working-class heartlands by backing remainJon Cruddas’s attempt to defend Jeremy Corbyn’s triangulation over Brexit ducks two key points (
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John McDonnell’s soul-searching | Letters 27 Jun 12:47pm John McDonnell’s soul-searching | Letters
Labour must come out wholeheartedly for remain to fight the climate emergency, says
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The man hanged because of a comma | Letters 27 Jun 12:37pm The man hanged because of a comma | Letters
Guardian readers discuss grammar, punctuation and linguisticsDavid Shariatmadari’s article
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Watching Love Island for the articles | Brief letters 27 Jun 12:27pm Watching Love Island for the articles | Brief letters
Apocryphal headlines | Do or Die | Love Island | Bats | Norman StoneI believe the headline “Montgomery flies back to front” (
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Democracy lacking in the race to be prime minister | Letters 26 Jun 1:07pm Democracy lacking in the race to be prime minister | Letters
Readers air their views on Brexit and the Tory leadership racePolly Toynbee rightly attacks the unprecedented system whereby a small number of Conservative party members are choosing our next prime minister and possibly determining the Brexit outcome (
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The joys of being a female conductor | Brief letters 26 Jun 1:05pm The joys of being a female conductor | Brief letters
Greek saying | Boris Johnson and Tennyson | Tom Stoppard portrait | Female conductors | Royal expenses | Favourite headlinesThe present state of the Conservative party brings to mind the Greek saying: “Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad.”
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Climate crisis, tree planting and new left economics | Letters 26 Jun 12:20pm Climate crisis, tree planting and new left economics | Letters
Scotland’s major environment and conservation bodies call for legislation to tackle the climate emergency, plus letters from
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Biography of Boris from Bullingdon to Brussels | Letters 25 Jun 12:35pm Biography of Boris from Bullingdon to Brussels | Letters
Readers contemplate Boris Johnson’s past, and the current state of an ideological Tory partyMax Hastings’ portrayal of Boris Johnson makes a convincing and chilling read (
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Better transport options are key to driving us out of our cars | Letters 25 Jun 12:35pm Better transport options are key to driving us out of our cars | Letters
Readers on the lack of viable alternatives to cars, especially outside LondonGeorge Monbiot stirred up a hornet’s nest with his article about the end of the car (
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Improving wellbeing within the NHS | Letters 25 Jun 12:34pm Improving wellbeing within the NHS | Letters
There needs to be a national welfare and morale strategy, says
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Broken promises over tampon tax | Letters 25 Jun 12:34pm Broken promises over tampon tax | Letters
We are building a campaign to get at least £500m of this ringfenced for women’s specialist charities, says
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Give a great woman artist her due | Brief letters 25 Jun 12:33pm Give a great woman artist her due | Brief letters
Immigration | Louise Bourgeois | Lionesses | Train travel | HeadlinesWhat irony that MPs are suggesting making it easier for Indians to come to Britain (
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Evolving English: what’s not to like? | Letters 24 Jun 12:59pm Evolving English: what’s not to like? | Letters
Readers respond to a piece analysing the language of Love Island and share their personal linguistic bugbearsDavid Shariatmadari has a point when he characterises resistance against neologisms such as “I was like…” as inconsistent and futile (
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Mark Rylance amputates the hand that feeds | Brief letters 24 Jun 12:54pm Mark Rylance amputates the hand that feeds | Brief letters
Anti-Stratfordianism | Typhoon in a teacup | Mark Field | Female actors and Lionesses | Pro-Hunt Fox | Boris JohnsonMark Rylance says “I do not wish to be associated with BP … Nor, I believe, would William Shakespeare” (
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Will we all have to be forced out of our cars? | Letters 23 Jun 1:24pm Will we all have to be forced out of our cars? | Letters
George Monbiot’s ideas about car use are criticised
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Boris Johnson and the moral response to a domestic row | Letters 23 Jun 1:24pm Boris Johnson and the moral response to a domestic row | Letters
Readers opine on the rights and wrongs of a neighbour’s actions after an altercation at the home of the Tory MP and his partnerIn the early hours, a neighbour hears shouting and a woman yelling “get off me” followed by the sound of breakages (
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Glastonbury festival babies and solstice quirks | Letters 23 Jun 1:23pm Glastonbury festival babies and solstice quirks | Letters
Babies were once not uncommon at the festival, and some couples perhaps planned a summer solstice birth, writes
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Western swing is where to find genuine musical improvisation | Brief letters 23 Jun 1:03pm Western swing is where to find genuine musical improvisation | Brief letters
Maternity leave | Bluegrass | Lancashire and Merseyside | Men in skirts | Bee hotelsThe Medical Women’s Federation feels it is time for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to recognise parental leave for MPs (
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Removing sharp knives can save lives | Letters 23 Jun 12:59am Removing sharp knives can save lives | Letters
If victims don’t want the perpetrators of domestic violence to be removed from the home, blunt knives are a good alternativeCatherine Bennett is right to say that perpetrators of domestic violence should be removed from the home (“
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Britain’s responsibility for carnage in Yemen | Letters 21 Jun 12:41pm Britain’s responsibility for carnage in Yemen | Letters
Responses to Arron Merat’s long read on the UK’s role in Saudi strikes on Yemen, and this week’s court ruling that British arms exports to Saudi Arabia are illegalIn his illuminating long read (
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Constitutional crisis, cakeism and the Conservatives’ crazy thinking | Letters 21 Jun 12:41pm Constitutional crisis, cakeism and the Conservatives’ crazy thinking | Letters
Readers on the race to be prime minister, as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt go through to a vote of Tory party membersYour editorial (
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Baby boomers’ big spending benefits all | Brief letters 21 Jun 12:39pm Baby boomers’ big spending benefits all | Brief letters
Brexit | Fabianism | Generational inequality | Statesmanship | Hergé’s detectivesThe worst idea was having fixed terms for parliament (
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The limits to Labour’s ambiguity on Brexit | Letters 20 Jun 1:24pm The limits to Labour’s ambiguity on Brexit | Letters
Readers debate Jeremy Corbyn’s resistance to pressure to move towards remainPaul Mason is right (
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Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters 20 Jun 1:24pm Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters
The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figuresThe threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious. The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.
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Homeless get their tents back for free | Letters 20 Jun 1:23pm Homeless get their tents back for free | Letters
Brighton’s charge for return of tents confiscated from the beach is waived for rough sleepers, says council leader
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If Hungary’s voting system is unfair then Britain’s is even worse | Letters 20 Jun 1:23pm If Hungary’s voting system is unfair then Britain’s is even worse | Letters
In 2015 the Tories got 50.9% of the seats with just 36.9% of the vote, points out
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Clues in the back of Boris Johnson’s car | Brief letters 20 Jun 1:22pm Clues in the back of Boris Johnson’s car | Brief letters
Hergé’s detectives | Clearing up | Heathrow expansion | Grant Shapps | Thatcher’s ghostThe “discarded children’s book” in Boris Johnson’s car (
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Should Boris Johnson be sent empty away? | Letters 19 Jun 1:36pm Should Boris Johnson be sent empty away? | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Rev George Pitcher that said it’s time for Christians to speak out against JohnsonGeorge Pitcher is surely right to bewail the Church of England’s silence over the prospect of a Boris Johnson premiership (
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Conservative leadership debate was just embarrassing | Letters 19 Jun 1:35pm Conservative leadership debate was just embarrassing | Letters
Guardian readers’ wry and wearied responses to the live BBC television broadcastPicture anyone from any European country coming across the recent TV debate between the candidates for leadership of the Tory party and the UK (
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The perfect prequel to Years and Years | Brief letters 19 Jun 1:32pm The perfect prequel to Years and Years | Brief letters
Holy communities | Arthur Whitten Brown blue plaque | Years and Years | Hidden disabilities | Going veganSo Stewart Dakers says faith systems don’t produce volunteers (
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Brexit and Britain’s broken democracy | Letters 18 Jun 12:25pm Brexit and Britain’s broken democracy | Letters
Readers share their thoughts on the latest developments in the long-running saga of the UK government’s attempt to leave the EUJohn Harris is spot on in his analysis of our busted political system (
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Looking beyond economic growth and towards wellbeing | Letters 18 Jun 12:25pm Looking beyond economic growth and towards wellbeing | Letters
Might the Guardian commit to giving statistics like these as much coverage as it does to the GDP, asks
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Better support for pupils in school | Letters 18 Jun 12:24pm Better support for pupils in school | Letters
The endless targets and tests are clearly causing harm, writes
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Bike lanes are not a waste of money | Letters 18 Jun 12:23pm Bike lanes are not a waste of money | Letters
The issue is accident rates, not how close cycles are to overtaking motor vehicles, says
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Whitten Brown merits blue plaque | Letters 18 Jun 12:23pm Whitten Brown merits blue plaque | Letters
My mother was a neighbour of Whitten Brown when he lived in Belgrave Court in the Uplands district of Swansea, writes
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Where have all the birds gone? | Brief letters 18 Jun 12:22pm Where have all the birds gone? | Brief letters
Loss of wildlife | Maternity leave for MPs | Women’s World Cup | Splitting infinitives | EntertainmentPlease could Theresa May, now freed of Brexit, include an urgent response to the rapid loss of wildlife (
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Spotting mental health issues in schoolchildren | Letters 17 Jun 12:43pm Spotting mental health issues in schoolchildren | Letters
Readers react strongly to the news that Theresa May is to pledge new materials and guidance for teachers as part of a prevention initiativeThe news that Theresa May is focusing on mental health training for teachers (
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‘Domestic extremism’ is no way to describe peaceful protest | Letters 17 Jun 12:42pm ‘Domestic extremism’ is no way to describe peaceful protest | Letters
Police must stop categorising protest activities in this way, say 152 campaigners, lawyers, academics, journalists and politiciansOne of the greatest threats to free speech in Britain is the routine labelling, by the police, of non-violent protests and campaigns as “domestic extremism”. This term has no clear legal definition but is used to justify intensive surveillance and the retention of information on people who in many cases have never been arrested. Designating a campaign as extremist means everyone associated with it may also find themselves labelled in this way, even if they do nothing unlawful. From anti-fracking and anti-racist campaigners to peace and anti-nuclear groups, international solidarity activists and opponents of hunting, so many people who are legitimately protesting are also subjectively targeted by sweeping terrorism powers. This includes the draconian “counter-radicalisation” Prevent programme, which has been used to try to stifle the political views of young people, their parents and those who work with children and vulnerable adults.
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Irony and humour in Tory leadership debate | Letters 17 Jun 12:38pm Irony and humour in Tory leadership debate | Letters
Readers react to the Conservative candidates’ TV hustingsInteresting in the Tory leadership debate on Channel 4 (
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Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters 17 Jun 12:37pm Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters
London’s mayor is addressing the causes of knife crime with progressive policies, while the US president is creating division, says
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Going out to bat for cricket diplomacy | Brief letters 17 Jun 12:36pm Going out to bat for cricket diplomacy | Brief letters
Never too late to learn Welsh | Test match for India/Pakistan joint side | Bluegrass v jazz | Free Sky for over-75s? | The size of CubaWe were thrilled to see that Welsh is now “cool” (
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Mindfulness can be an active force for change in the world | Letters 16 Jun 12:46pm Mindfulness can be an active force for change in the world | Letters
Readers debate Robin Purser’s dismissal of ‘a tool of self-discipline, disguised as self-help’Ronald Purser’s article on mindfulness (
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Republicanism and the royal family | Letters 16 Jun 12:45pm Republicanism and the royal family | Letters
Readers respond to Larry Elliott’s stance on the republican cause in Britain and debate the possibility of radical changeI was a little surprised by Larry Elliott’s suggestion that the republican movement has rarely been weaker (
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Remember the first transatlantic flight | Letters 16 Jun 12:42pm Remember the first transatlantic flight | Letters
It’s 100 years since Alcock and Brown flew from Canada to Ireland, writes
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Cuba’s generosity after Chernobyl | Letters 16 Jun 12:41pm Cuba’s generosity after Chernobyl | Letters
Havana treated victims of the catastrophe for free, writes
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Shocking suffering in drought-hit India | Brief letters 16 Jun 12:40pm Shocking suffering in drought-hit India | Brief letters
India’s water crisis | Self-catering kitchens | Years and Years | Voting remain | Messy homesPlease will you give urgent, more prominent coverage to the appalling suffering described alongside your Eyewitness photo (
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It’s time to embrace electoral reform | Letters 16 Jun 12:59am It’s time to embrace electoral reform | Letters
The first-past-the-post system is unfair and undemocraticOf course the first-past-the-post system is “unfit for a multi-party age” and has itself suppressed any possibility of multi-party representation (
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Fools and fabulations in Boris’s bid for leadership | Letters 14 Jun 11:38am Fools and fabulations in Boris’s bid for leadership | Letters
Readers discuss Johnson’s political legacy, and the implications of his becoming PMIs it not curious that Conservative MPs, with their passionate attachment to the present voting system for electing them to Westminster, are not using first past the post to elect their leader? With even more candidates at the Peterborough byelection than are standing for the Conservative leadership, it was apparently acceptable to have an MP elected with less than a third of the votes cast, whereas the Conservative MPs have to produce a final vote of over 50% for the winning candidate. Why are the two elections different?
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Reflections on regionalism | Letters 14 Jun 11:38am Reflections on regionalism | Letters
Guardian readers with accents write on the past prejudices that they have facedI was delighted to read that according to Katie Edwards, her Yorkshire dialect is “alive, kicking and bloody gorgeous” (
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Thanks for bigging up Welsh speaking | Letters 14 Jun 11:37am Thanks for bigging up Welsh speaking | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article on the Welsh languageMay I begin by saying how, as a Welsh speaker (albeit a vernacular one) I was delighted by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article (
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Birkins and benefits reveal two Britains | Brief letters 14 Jun 11:35am Birkins and benefits reveal two Britains | Brief letters
Chuka Umunna | Schools | Social inequality | Mindfulness | Sex robotsYou
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Therapy to get us thinking again | Letters 13 Jun 12:19pm Therapy to get us thinking again | Letters
For three years, the UK has been revelling in hate and division, says
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Will Boris Johnson have the last laugh? | Brief letters 13 Jun 12:18pm Will Boris Johnson have the last laugh? | Brief letters
Boris Johnson | Brexit | Lord Spicer | Bob Dylan | Speaking YorkshireI wonder how many people remember the OMG laugh of 2015? Trump becoming president and Johnson becoming prime minister (
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Who benefits from the axing of the free over-75s TV licence? | Letters 12 Jun 12:43pm Who benefits from the axing of the free over-75s TV licence? | Letters
Readers respond to the BBC’s decision to make over-75s payThe protests blaming the BBC for ending free TV licences for the over-75s have neatly fallen into the government’s trap (
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When the right turns to religion | Letters 12 Jun 12:42pm When the right turns to religion | Letters
Rightwing populists have always formed alliances with hierarchical religions, says
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When Jeremy Corbyn is right one too many times | Brief letters 12 Jun 12:38pm When Jeremy Corbyn is right one too many times | Brief letters
Jeremy Corbyn | Len McCluskey | Tony Awards | Yorkshire accents | Coffee cupsParaphrasing Oscar Wilde, for the Guardian to write one headline saying “Corbyn is right”, (
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Michael Gove’s highs and lows come under scrutiny | Letters 11 Jun 12:42pm Michael Gove’s highs and lows come under scrutiny | Letters
Readers give their views on the Tory leadership candidate’s admission of taking cocaineI strongly suspect the reaction of many 25- to 50-year-olds to the “revelation” that Michael Gove enjoyed – sorry, deeply regrets – the taking of a class A drug is a weary “Who cares?” (
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Nurses are not just doctors’ assistants | Brief letters 11 Jun 12:15pm Nurses are not just doctors’ assistants | Brief letters
Nursing | Jean Purdy plaque | Leeds attractions | Aston Martin SUV | Birthday mailIn your University Guide (8 June), you
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Tackling child deaths and coercive control | Letters 10 Jun 12:47pm Tackling child deaths and coercive control | Letters
Readers respond to reports on the murders of two children in Northamptonshire and to news that Sally Challen, jailed for life for killing her husband after decades of emotional abuse, has walked free from court after a judge announced she would not face a retrialI agree with your
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Forget Oxford. Let’s hear it for St Andrews | Brief letters 10 Jun 12:46pm Forget Oxford. Let’s hear it for St Andrews | Brief letters
St Andrews | Melissa Harrison | Peterborough byelection | Mind games | Tory leadership contestThe front-page headline “
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When Tory outsourcing and cuts end in fatal social services errors | Letters 9 Jun 1:01pm When Tory outsourcing and cuts end in fatal social services errors | Letters
Chaotic children’s services are the result of an ideologically driven commitment to outsourcing and austerity, says
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Fighting to protect women at work | Letters 9 Jun 12:58pm Fighting to protect women at work | Letters
Signatories including
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The Booker prize and the literary league tables | Letters 9 Jun 12:56pm The Booker prize and the literary league tables | Letters
Booker Prize Foundation literary director
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Tempted to pray for a less pitiful pension | Brief letters 9 Jun 12:50pm Tempted to pray for a less pitiful pension | Brief letters
Veterans’ pensions | Lord’s Prayer | Sherry refills | Shared birthdays | Mickey MouseIt is not my wish to denigrate the sacrifices made for the nation in the second world war, but if these brave veterans are so valued by the government, why are they among the recipients of the poorest pensions in Europe? Compared to Germany they are insulting.
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How rationing could save the world | Letters 9 Jun 1:00am How rationing could save the world | Letters
It worked during the war, so why shouldn’t the ‘all in it together’ approach work to combat the climate crisis?It was great to see Sonia Sodha highlighting the potential unfairness of carbon taxes and promoting the possibility of rationing as an alternative policy to combat climate change (“
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Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters 7 Jun 12:49pm Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ plea for an end to endless war remembrance. Plus thoughts on the roles of Donald Trump and Theresa May in the commemorations in NormandySimon Jenkins (
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Sure Start helped kids live healthier lives | Letters 7 Jun 12:48pm Sure Start helped kids live healthier lives | Letters
A new report on the tangible benefits of Sure Start is welcomed by
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Foxed by Basil Brush and his lost decades | Brief letters 7 Jun 12:46pm Foxed by Basil Brush and his lost decades | Brief letters
Basil Brush | Stressed dogs | Sharon White | Automated tills | Shared birthdaysBasil Brush was a “children’s television favourite of the 80s” (
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Steve Bell, D-day and Russian sacrifices | Letters 6 Jun 12:59pm Steve Bell, D-day and Russian sacrifices | Letters
Readers respond to cartoonist Steve Bell’s depiction of a Russian soldier on the beaches of NormandyAs a great admirer of Steve Bell, especially his constant evisceration of Trump, I was more than disconcerted by his ill-judged depiction of the
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Funding the work of the National Trust | Letters 6 Jun 12:58pm Funding the work of the National Trust | Letters
The director general of the National Trust,
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An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters 6 Jun 12:58pm An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters
Ageing and raging | Matt Hancock | Donald Trump | Sharing birthdaysThe past three years have been marked by too many articles suggesting that those of us over 60 are responsible for the referendum result, have become wealthy as a result of the property market, have unsustainably large pensions and “pulled up the ladder” on the generations coming behind us. What a rare treat to read an alternative account that more closely reflects a world recognisable to many of us (
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UK politics has changed for ever. The main parties must adapt or die | Letters 5 Jun 11:57am UK politics has changed for ever. The main parties must adapt or die | Letters
Party loyalty is a thing of the past, writes
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NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters 5 Jun 11:56am NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters
Readers respond to Donald Trump’s comment that he wants the NHS ‘on the table’ in any future trade negotiationsMy late mother trained as a nurse in Glasgow in the 1940s and witnessed the birth of the NHS. Having grown up in a village in rural Scotland where nobody ever called the doctor because they wouldn’t have been able to pay the bill, she often told us of the revolution in healthcare which the NHS made possible, and about the gratitude of ordinary folk nursed free of charge in hospital through diphtheria, tuberculosis, scarlet fever and the like. I can hardly imagine her reaction on hearing that only 70 years later the United States wants the NHS to be “on the table” in a future trade deal (
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The damage done by ‘gay cure’ therapy | Letters 5 Jun 11:56am The damage done by ‘gay cure’ therapy | Letters
The Ozanne Foundation’s 2018 survey on faith and sexuality shows the harm that attempts to change sexual orientation inflict, writes
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Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep | Brief letters 5 Jun 11:55am Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep | Brief letters
Euthanasia | Theatre outside London | Package-free food dispensing | Celebrity birthdays | Lewis chessmenI strongly endorse Robin Hargreaves’s letter (
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Time to stop neglecting education for adults | Letters 4 Jun 12:07pm Time to stop neglecting education for adults | Letters
Joan Bakewell, Nigel Todd, Dr Jude Anderson,
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Boots were high street pioneers | Letters 4 Jun 12:04pm Boots were high street pioneers | Letters
Both WH Smith and Boots worked with the Association for Town Centre Management to improve town centres, writes
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