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Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters10h Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters
Readers respond to the US immigration policy where children are being separated from their parentsYour article about President Trump’s defence of an immigration policy that separates children from parents (
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Rank disrespect for our democracy | Letters10h Rank disrespect for our democracy | Letters
The House of Lords represents another world to most of the public, writes
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T-levels reinforce class hierarchy | Letters10h T-levels reinforce class hierarchy | Letters
Vocational education in the UK has always been seen as essentially for ‘other people’s children’, writes
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Grease your nipples regularly to avoid Minor problems | Brief letters10h Grease your nipples regularly to avoid Minor problems | Brief letters
Ageing broadcasters | New presenter for Question Time | More Morris Minor tales | Jesus leads the lineWhat is it with these broadcasters that they have to keep working well into their 70s and beyond (
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Testing children gives a poor measure of ability | Letters34h Testing children gives a poor measure of ability | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’s piece on how ‘the cult of tests is ruining our schools’“Simon Jenkins (
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Poor countries subsidise the NHS by training doctors – compensate them | Letters34h Poor countries subsidise the NHS by training doctors – compensate them | Letters
The UK is home to over 4,700 doctors who trained in Nigeria, providing a substantial subsidy from the African country to the UK, says this multi-signatory letter from experts, and
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34h Antisemitism is well-defined already | Letters
The IHRA definition has government backing and is fast becoming the standard non-legal guide as to what constitutes antisemitism, writes
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Fixed-odds betting delay unacceptable | Letters35h Fixed-odds betting delay unacceptable | Letters
We cannot allow tax revenues and bookmakers’ profits to be placed before the daily misery caused by these pernicious machines, write representatives from faith communitiesWe applaud the announcement that there will be a stake reduction of highly addictive fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2. The ability of players, including the most vulnerable in society, to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds is a matter of the deepest concern for responsible society. It is of particular concern to faith communities, from which we come, as it is often left to places of worship and faith groups to pick up the pieces when individuals become addicted. It is now reported that a deal between bookmakers and the Treasury will delay implementation to two years, instead of the eight weeks which is required to change the stake (
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Female role models to inspire change in society | Letters35h Female role models to inspire change in society | Letters
We need more books for both boys and girls that normalise girls as adventurous, confident and capable leaders, writes
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Social care needs a cash injection now | Letters40h Social care needs a cash injection now | Letters
Squeezing council funding in this area is ultimately a false economy, writes
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Rail privatisation has been a disaster for taxpayers | Letters 17 Jun 12:55pm Rail privatisation has been a disaster for taxpayers | Letters
A renationalised railway would require less government subsidies and provide better value for money for the taxpayer and better services, writes
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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters 17 Jun 12:55pm Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters
Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (
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Dementia: the fight for dignity goes on | Letters 17 Jun 1:00am Dementia: the fight for dignity goes on | Letters
John’s Campaign, which fights for the needs of people with dementia and their carers, is to be applauded – but there is still work to be doneThere is still some way to go with John’s Campaign (“
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Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters 15 Jun 11:56am Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters
Readers on the dearth of non-white managers, Amazon’s entry to the broadcasting Premier League, rail seating at football grounds, and the World CupWe have no doubt at all that there are many white men in football who react adversely to “outspoken black men” (
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We must define antisemitism to fight it effectively | Letters 15 Jun 11:52am We must define antisemitism to fight it effectively | Letters
A group of prominent academics and other figures call for clarity about what constitutes antisemitismThere are disturbing signs round the world that age-old prejudices against Jews are reviving once more. We need to be clear in recognising them, and resolute in dealing with them. A precondition for fighting antisemitism effectively is clarity about what it is, and what it is not. Antisemitism is discrimination, prejudice or hostility against us because we are Jews. It is a form of racism. It may be manifested in violence, denial of rights, discriminatory acts, prejudice-based behaviour, verbal or written statements, negative stereotypes or scapegoating. Holocaust denial, the blood libel, conspiracy theories about supposed Jewish power or the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide – all are expressions of antisemitism. Criticism of Israel is not antisemitic unless motivated by anti-Jewish prejudice. Examples of this can include: holding all Jews accountable for the actions of the state of Israel; engaging in conspiracy theories about the state of Israel that draw on antisemitic stereotypes about supposed Jewish power; accusing all Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel than to the interests of their own nations. Criticism of Israel, of its displacement of Palestinians and of its denial of their rights, is not antisemitic. Criticising laws and policies of the state of Israel as racist and as falling under the definition of apartheid is not antisemitic. Calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel to oppose those policies is not antisemitic.
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Don’t lower the tone in the trolling debate | Letters 15 Jun 11:50am Don’t lower the tone in the trolling debate | Letters
Advising women to lower the pitch of their voices when speaking in public is not a feminist issue, argues
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Why my Morris was a minor miracle | Letters 15 Jun 11:48am Why my Morris was a minor miracle | Letters
Memories of life on the road with a Morris Minor shared by
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Going for a slash on the Thameslink? | Brief letters 15 Jun 11:48am Going for a slash on the Thameslink? | Brief letters
Breastfeeding rates | Constitutional change | Chris Packham’s dog | Oblique invitation | Jimmy GabrielThe Royal College of Midwives has focused on the wrong issue (
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Who’s to blame for the ecological apocalypse? | Letters 14 Jun 1:09pm Who’s to blame for the ecological apocalypse? | Letters
Readers respond to Chris Packham’s recent observations on environmental destruction, and to the suggestion that one positive step would be for us to give up our petsIf we’ve normalised the ecological damage we are doing to our country, as Chris Packham suggests, it’s only because as individuals we feel helpless (
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The private-public model is still the best option for our railways | Letters 14 Jun 1:09pm The private-public model is still the best option for our railways | Letters
Longer franchises are key to reforming the railways, says
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Fight for women’s equality never ends | Letters 14 Jun 1:07pm Fight for women’s equality never ends | Letters
Rights that we thought were ours can be lost again, says
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When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters 14 Jun 1:06pm When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters
Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (
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Financial Games Colleges Play 13 Jun 7:10pm Financial Games Colleges Play
Their aid-award letters often confuse students with jargon or deceptive claims of zero ‘net cost.’
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Class, not national identity, is what’s driving disconnection | Letters 13 Jun 12:44pm Class, not national identity, is what’s driving disconnection | Letters
Readers respond to Martin Kettle’s piece on the left and EnglishnessSurely little surprise that people in England will – when specifically asked – identify as English (
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Sticking up for sex workers draws mixed responses | Letters 13 Jun 12:44pm Sticking up for sex workers draws mixed responses | Letters
Neville Southall’s recent comments on sex work draw praise from
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Let’s go with the grain of tidal power | Brief letters 13 Jun 12:43pm Let’s go with the grain of tidal power | Brief letters
Fictional Leros | Tidal power in the 18th century | Feast | AA salute | Interpreters v translatorsFurther to
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Cut out meat, pets and kids to save the Earth | Letters 12 Jun 1:13pm Cut out meat, pets and kids to save the Earth | Letters
Readers react to George Monbiot’s article on dropping meat and dairy, news about Sainsbury’s selling vegan ‘fake meats’ , and a report on meat being found in vegan and vegetarian mealsAlongside George Monbiot’s suggestion (
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Children and journalists alike should beware of fake news | Letters 12 Jun 1:13pm Children and journalists alike should beware of fake news | Letters
Teachers must be given the resources they need to help children develop the necessary literacy skills to navigate online news, write
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Pay ratios on their own are not enough | Letters 12 Jun 1:12pm Pay ratios on their own are not enough | Letters
The UK government should set out more ambitious reforms of corporate governanceWhile the publication of pay ratios (
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A bad hair day for Trump and Kim in Singapore | Brief letters 12 Jun 1:09pm A bad hair day for Trump and Kim in Singapore | Brief letters
Internet addiction | Declaring social media | ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt | Female Morris Minor owners | Singapore summitSuzanne Moore (
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Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment | Letters
Scrapping HS2 could mean £500m each for 112 towns and cities, writes
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1918 suffrage celebrations: what about the men? | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm 1918 suffrage celebrations: what about the men? | Letters
The 1918 Act also newly enfranchised approximately 8 million men, writes
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Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers | Letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers | Letters
What to do about it given the dependence of broadcasters and sports on gambling advertising revenue? asks
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Mary Wilson upset by undressed nurses | Brief letters 11 Jun 1:01pm Mary Wilson upset by undressed nurses | Brief letters
Alec Issigonis | Morris Minors | Eid al-Fitr recipes | Mary WilsonHostile as I am to today’s “hostile environment”, I’m not so sure that Morris Minor designer Alec Issigonis (
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Vital questions Grenfell inquiry must not duck | Letters 10 Jun 12:46pm Vital questions Grenfell inquiry must not duck | Letters
As the anniversary of the Grenfell fire approaches, readers respond to the ongoing inquiry into the disaster that claimed so many livesThrough all the inevitable trauma (
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As the son of an undercover cop, I wholeheartedly support Lush | Letters 10 Jun 12:46pm As the son of an undercover cop, I wholeheartedly support Lush | Letters
To what extent did senior officers condone or direct me being fathered or fatherless, wonders a core participant in the undercover policing public inquiryI am deeply concerned by the attacks on Lush in the media, and even the intimidation of its store staff, for the spy-cops campaign it has chosen to support (
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Suffragettes did commit terrorist acts | Letters 10 Jun 12:46pm Suffragettes did commit terrorist acts | Letters
Suffragette Mary Leigh poured petrol over the carpets of a crowded theatre, set fire to it and then detonated a bomb. If that’s not terrorism, what is, asks
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The Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon would bring many benefits | Letters 10 Jun 12:45pm The Swansea Bay tidal power lagoon would bring many benefits | Letters
Countries around the world are closely following the UK’s decision on tidal power, writes
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Harold’s love-all tie with Mary on the tennis court | Brief letters 10 Jun 12:45pm Harold’s love-all tie with Mary on the tennis court | Brief letters
Blair on the buses | Mary and Harold Wilson | Morris Minor designer | Salad cream | Guardian front pages | No longer a Feast for the eyesHow can Alan Bond assert (
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To Katharine Whitehorn, from two grateful men | Letters 10 Jun 12:59am To Katharine Whitehorn, from two grateful men | Letters
Male readers unite in praise of the veteran Observer journalist, both for her humanism and her recipe for spaghetti bologneseA shame that your feature on the wonderful Katharine Whitehorn included no eulogies from men (“
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Chaos on the railways entirely predictable | Letters 8 Jun 11:36am Chaos on the railways entirely predictable | Letters
Readers respond to the current debacle affecting the Northern and Govia Thameslink rail franchisesThe debacle with new railway timetables is entirely of the Tory government’s own making (
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Heathrow and the ‘aviation mafia’ | Letters 8 Jun 11:36am Heathrow and the ‘aviation mafia’ | Letters
Readers look at past battles over the third runway and its likely future impactThe battle to construct a third runway has been going on for much longer than your estimate of 31 years (
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Losing one’s virginity in a Morris Minor | Letters 8 Jun 11:34am Losing one’s virginity in a Morris Minor | Letters
Readers share their experiences of the classic carI own a mid-grey 1967 Morris Minor Traveller (
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Not feeling quite so blue, Peter, Val et al | Brief letters 8 Jun 11:34am Not feeling quite so blue, Peter, Val et al | Brief letters
Drugs and depression | Thorpe and Wilson | Plastic on Mars | Insect kill | Henry I’s remains | Blue Peter presentersIn her list of causes or triggers for depression, Juliette Jowit (
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Halt UK arms trade with Israel while UN investigates Gaza killings | Letters 7 Jun 1:11pm Halt UK arms trade with Israel while UN investigates Gaza killings | Letters
Activists, politicians, artists and health workers call for action over violence in recent weeks that has killed more than 100 Palestinians including the nurse Razan al-Najjar last FridaySince 30 March Palestinians in Gaza have been protesting – asserting their right to return to the homes from which their families were expelled or were forced to flee in 1948 and in 1967. They are also demonstrating against the appalling conditions caused by Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. In response, the Israeli government has instructed its troops to use live ammunition to fire on demonstrators, including children, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 and injuring over 13,000 Palestinians. This Friday, Palestinians demonstrate again. Protests in solidarity with those demonstrating have taken place across the UK this week.
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Britain’s bus services are in an abject state | Letters 7 Jun 1:11pm Britain’s bus services are in an abject state | Letters
We are urged to abandon cars and take public transport, writes
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Small-print surprise for the lone traveller | Brief letters 7 Jun 1:10pm Small-print surprise for the lone traveller | Brief letters
Friendly cars | Morris Minor v Morris Marina | The Chris Huhne affair | Maypole | Travel advertThe wonderful and classless Morris Minor (
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Suffragette actions were not terrorism | Letters 6 Jun 1:27pm Suffragette actions were not terrorism | Letters
The suffragettes aimed to kill no one, writes
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Morris cars are lefty, not Brexity icons | Brief letters 6 Jun 1:25pm Morris cars are lefty, not Brexity icons | Brief letters
Iconic cars | Decline of wildlife | Roma culture | Cross v crucifixA shame the Morris Traveller is depicted as a backward-looking little Englander icon (
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‘Spycop’ ex-wives: we support the Lush campaign | Letters 6 Jun 1:11pm ‘Spycop’ ex-wives: we support the Lush campaign | Letters
In bringing this issue to the attention of the general public, Lush has achieved far more in a weekend than the inquiry has in three years, write two core participants still waiting to be heardWe are ex-wives of undercover police officers who had relationships with other women without our knowledge, while we were married with families, and write with regard to the Lush campaign and reaction to it (Report, 5 June). We trusted our husbands (and their managers) and now feel betrayed. Although we have been recognised as core participants in the undercover policing inquiry, our voices have yet to be heard in public or within the public inquiry. When she was home secretary, Theresa May set up a public inquiry to investigate undercover policing and the related concerns of significant malpractice. It was due to report back within three years. Three years on, the inquiry has yet to hear any evidence, including our own. Although the events in question took place many years ago, they continue to have a profound effect, and we are still waiting for the officers concerned (as well as their chain of command) to give an account in public. These officers, together with the Metropolitan police, have spent a significant part of the last three years seeking both anonymity and continuing secrecy as to their conduct within the inquiry. While this process continues and the evidence stage is further delayed, our view is that the amount of public money spent to date for such little progress is of far greater concern than the Lush campaign.
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The pros and cons of a second EU referendum | Letters 5 Jun 12:19pm The pros and cons of a second EU referendum | Letters
Democracy was subverted in the Brexit vote, says
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Oxbridge: bucking the trend, or hogging the limelight? | Letters 5 Jun 12:19pm Oxbridge: bucking the trend, or hogging the limelight? | Letters
Adult education is flourishing at Oxford, writes
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How to get good women on boards | Letters 5 Jun 12:18pm How to get good women on boards | Letters
Companies need to stop looking for women whose backgrounds replicate those of men, writes
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Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters 5 Jun 12:18pm Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters
Manchester town hall | Funeral ads | Atheist appeals to God | Neville Southall | Dom BessWhile I am broadly in agreement with Simon Jenkins about the government getting it wrong on urban renewal in the regions (
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The railway arch sell-off and timetable chaos | Letters 4 Jun 1:02pm The railway arch sell-off and timetable chaos | Letters
Readers air their views on recent news stories about Britain’s railwaysThank you for highlighting our plight (
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Don’t knock Nelson for failing to fight slavery – he had a war to look after | Letters 4 Jun 1:02pm Don’t knock Nelson for failing to fight slavery – he had a war to look after | Letters
The descendant of a 19th-century abolitionist points out that even Wilberforce had his flaws. Plus other reactions to Afua Hirsch’s piece on Britain’s view of its imperial historyAfua Hirsch’s article (
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Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters 4 Jun 12:59pm Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters
He influenced not only Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s social economics but also Edward Goldsmith, the founder of the Ecology party, writes
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Because the night is full of TV detectives | Brief letters 4 Jun 12:59pm Because the night is full of TV detectives | Brief letters
Staging Peter Handke | Patti Smith’s watchlist | Scottish pubs | Mountain walkers | MarshmallowsI’m afraid Edinburgh’s Lyceum theatre is wrong in believing its staging of Peter Handke’s play The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other was the first entirely using volunteers (
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Addressing the antibiotics crisis | Letters 3 Jun 12:56pm Addressing the antibiotics crisis | Letters
Greater investment in early-stage drug research and market-entry rewards are essential, says
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Sweet nothings, lazy slurs and rhyming slang | Brief letters 3 Jun 12:50pm Sweet nothings, lazy slurs and rhyming slang | Brief letters
Brian McFadden’s dress sense | Antimaterialism | Amazon jargon | Restaurant names | Marshmallow test | Brian CloseI’m so sorry Brian McFadden found it difficult to make good clothes choices when he went solo but I didn’t appreciate him saying he “looked like an old lesbian aunt” (
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Letters: David Donnison obituary 3 Jun 11:40am Letters: David Donnison obituary
Hugh Kerr writes:
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A blueprint for NHS reform | Letters 3 Jun 12:59am A blueprint for NHS reform | Letters
A growing consensus on the need for long-term funding for the health service is welcome – but big questions remainAn emerging consensus on the need for long-term funding for the NHS is welcome news (“
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Can Germaine Greer still be called a feminist after her comments on rape? | Letters 1 Jun 12:00pm Can Germaine Greer still be called a feminist after her comments on rape? | Letters
Four readers join the debate provoked by the author of the 1970 feminist bestseller The Female Eunuch, who recently called for rape sentences to be loweredThere are important points in Germaine Greer’s proposal to reduce sentences for rape (
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Strikes are low, but discontent is expressed in other ways | Letters 1 Jun 11:59am Strikes are low, but discontent is expressed in other ways | Letters
Days lost to sickness and injury have soared, writes
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Harsh immigration rules still apply – and Macron is no hero | Letters 1 Jun 11:59am Harsh immigration rules still apply – and Macron is no hero | Letters
What happens while cases are reviewed, asks
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The worst job one could ever have? | Brief letters 1 Jun 11:58am The worst job one could ever have? | Brief letters
Amazon’s deus ex machina | Women in the boardroom | Good morning, squid | Asterix and the Aztecs | Derek and CliveWe installed an Echo at home, when they first were released in the UK. One evening, during a time of prayer in our church homegroup, Alexa thought she/he/it was being addressed (
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Who are we to judge the lives that people with dementia are living? | Letters 31 May 12:42pm Who are we to judge the lives that people with dementia are living? | Letters
Readers respond to Polly Toynbee’s piece about dementia and quality of life for those with the diseaseAfter 35 years working with people with dementia, and having a father who has had Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years, I find it hard to be certain that I know what people with dementia are thinking and if they judge life in the same way as before they had dementia (
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Spanish flu lessons are still to be learned | Letters 31 May 12:40pm Spanish flu lessons are still to be learned | Letters
The centenary shouldn’t just be a commemoration of the victims of 1918 but a reminder that another pandemic could strike us at any time, writes
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Let’s have three strikes at the dispatch box too | Brief letters 31 May 12:40pm Let’s have three strikes at the dispatch box too | Brief letters
Cutting politicians short | Meghan Markle’s tights | Crosses and crucifixes | WH Smith | Sports headlinesI think Richard Madeley is on to something with his “three strikes and you’re out” proposal to deal with politicians who won’t answer the question put to them (
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Closure of Vedanta copper plant in India must be followed by a cleanup | Letters 30 May 1:07pm Closure of Vedanta copper plant in India must be followed by a cleanup | Letters
Your report mentions high levels of pollution in groundwater but says nothing about cleansing the site, so local people’s health will still suffer, say
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Saudi Arabia should be encouraged over small steps towards equality | Letters 30 May 1:07pm Saudi Arabia should be encouraged over small steps towards equality | Letters
In my many years of fighting for gender equality I have never believed that criticising small steps forward persuaded the holders of power to do better, writes
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What’s weird about the Duchess of Sussex’s light tights? | Brief letters 30 May 1:07pm What’s weird about the Duchess of Sussex’s light tights? | Brief letters
Churchill on the tube | Richard Madeley v Gavin Williamson | Proms symphonies | Leg coverings | Stapling the GuardianAntony Beevor (G2, 30 May)
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Political aftershocks of the Irish abortion vote | Letters 29 May 1:23pm Political aftershocks of the Irish abortion vote | Letters
Centre-left candidates for Labour’s national executive committee urge the party to use its full parliamentary muscle to ensure abortion and equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland. Plus letters from
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A stitch in time would save the Sport section | Letters 29 May 1:22pm A stitch in time would save the Sport section | Letters
Ken Livingstone | Keeping Guardian pages together | Young cricketers | Spot fixing | Thanking bus driversDuring the last two years of lies and smears it’s been encouraging that the Guardian always accurately reported on what I had said. It came as a shock therefore to read
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A worrying lack of pastoral care for Russell Group undergraduates | Letters 28 May 12:04pm A worrying lack of pastoral care for Russell Group undergraduates | Letters
My son attended hardly any lectures and this triggered no pastoral measures, writes
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National parks are more than natural | Letters 28 May 12:04pm National parks are more than natural | Letters
Our special landscapes are cultural constructs, says
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Overlooked facts of NHS history | Letters 28 May 12:04pm Overlooked facts of NHS history | Letters
The British record of innovation in medicine has had a global impact, writes
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No one compares like Londoners | Brief letters 28 May 12:03pm No one compares like Londoners | Brief letters
Liverpool landmarks | Korean diplomacy | Bus etiquette | Stapling the GuardianMust the news forever be given a metropolitan slant? The caption on a photograph of the Burbo Bank windfarm in Liverpool Bay (
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Time to take more action on sugar | Letters 28 May 12:01pm Time to take more action on sugar | Letters
We now need mandatory colour-coded labels, writes
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World remembers Spanish flu deaths | Letters 28 May 12:00pm World remembers Spanish flu deaths | Letters
Letters: the Spanish flu is receiving marked attention in its centenary year, writes
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We need to clean up our act on roadside pollution | Letters 27 May 12:02pm We need to clean up our act on roadside pollution | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Michael Gove’s defence of what the government is doing to address air pollutionWe must cut through the smog of rhetoric if we are to have clean air. Through deft political sleight of hand, the environment secretary Michael Gove’s defence of what the government is doing to address air pollution (
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Abortion result will throw up challenges for Northern Ireland | Letters 27 May 12:01pm Abortion result will throw up challenges for Northern Ireland | Letters
Guardian readers respond to the historic abortion referendum result in the Republic of IrelandDublin’s Dail will now have to give legislative form to the people of the Irish Republic’s overwhelming decision to repeal the eighth amendment (
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Gay marriage and the church | Letters 27 May 11:59am Gay marriage and the church | Letters
Offering the church an exemption on same-sex marriage was a pragmatic decisionPriscilla Bench-Capon blames the then government for exempting the Anglican church from the legal obligation to offer same-sex marriage (
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Helping young people leaving care | Letters 27 May 11:49am Helping young people leaving care | Letters
Daniel Lavelle’s account of how he tried to track down the people from his children’s home inspired responses from
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Death of RP not a cause for celebration | Brief letters 27 May 11:41am Death of RP not a cause for celebration | Brief letters
Received pronunciation | Tories | Great women interviewees | Bus etiquette | PolitenessI would like to challenge Laura Barton’s assertion that the death of RP is a good thing (
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The royal wedding: a survival strategy | Letters 27 May 12:59am The royal wedding: a survival strategy | Letters
Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have tied the knot, what next for the royal family?In Andrew Rawnsley’s article on the royal family (“
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Better ways to fund the NHS | Letters 25 May 11:18am Better ways to fund the NHS | Letters
Readers respond to a report that British households will need to pay an extra £2,000 a year in tax to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing populationNobody now disputes the need for a significant and sustained increase in revenue for the NHS and social care (
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Our mentally ill daughter was left to die | Letters 25 May 11:17am Our mentally ill daughter was left to die | Letters
Our daughter was sent to a brutal, chaotic and uncaring place 200 miles from home, writes one parent, while
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Scourge of philanthrocapitalism | Letters 25 May 11:17am Scourge of philanthrocapitalism | Letters
Guardian readers discuss the role that corporations play in the charity sector and corporate greed in generalHaving worked in the commercial, market and voluntary sectors I concur with George Monbiot (
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The quick way to make a feather hat in Tynemouth | Brief letters 25 May 11:17am The quick way to make a feather hat in Tynemouth | Brief letters
Church in Wales | Is there a God? | Friendly bus passengers | Cooking for one | Herring gullsIt is not only the Church of England that is forbidden in law to conduct same-sex marriages (
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Oxford, elitism and how to really tackle diversity | Letters 24 May 12:42pm Oxford, elitism and how to really tackle diversity | Letters
Readers respond to a report that showed one in four Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017I’m a parent of two girls who attended Oxford University between 2009 and 2015. They are northern, from state schools and women of colour (white Irish mum, black African dad). I want to see an increase in the numbers of students from similar backgrounds at Oxford but the debate around this needs to be sensible and based on a true understanding of the issues (
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Anglicans support same-sex marriage | Letters 24 May 12:42pm Anglicans support same-sex marriage | Letters
In the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, the Tories imposed a ‘quadruple lock’ on the Church of England, banning it from offering same-sex marriage without fresh primary legislation, writes
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Alone in Berlin, and lost without a mobile | Letters 24 May 12:41pm Alone in Berlin, and lost without a mobile | Letters
While many apps gather ‘digital dust’, others foster dependent helplessness, writes
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Clothes moths’ part in the circle of life | Brief letters 24 May 12:41pm Clothes moths’ part in the circle of life | Brief letters
Taxpayer’s right to healthcare | ‘Falling’ pregnant | Female film critics | Nancy Banks-Smith | Clothes mothsYou
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How to square the circle of social care funding | Letters 23 May 12:42pm How to square the circle of social care funding | Letters
Readers respond to a Polly Toynbee article and to a supplement on dementiaPolly Toynbee points to the dilemma facing politicians over paying for social care (
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John Crace’s masterpiece nails the truth of all addictions | Letters 23 May 12:42pm John Crace’s masterpiece nails the truth of all addictions | Letters
Readers respond to the Guardian writer’s ‘wonderfully precise, cogent and razor-sharp’ piece on Patrick Melrose in which he discussed his own former addiction to heroinI paused on Tuesday at lunchtime to read John Crace’s feature on Patrick Melrose and addiction, and within a beautifully swift seven minutes I had been taken seamlessly through the universal truths of all forms of addiction (
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Vote to end Ireland’s cruelty on abortion | Letters 23 May 12:42pm Vote to end Ireland’s cruelty on abortion | Letters
Anybody not planning to use their vote this Friday is saying they are happy with the status quo, writes
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Cooking for one isn’t so easy with Feast | Brief letters 23 May 12:41pm Cooking for one isn’t so easy with Feast | Brief letters
UK life expectancy | Recipes | Marks & Spencer | A virus with shoes | SupineIn a speech on Monday,
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Letters: Tessa Jowell obituary 22 May 1:16pm Letters: Tessa Jowell obituary
Sebastian Kraemer writes:
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The revolutionising potential of medical AI | Letters 22 May 1:02pm The revolutionising potential of medical AI | Letters
Readers respond to news that Theresa May has promised millions towards artificial intelligence that could help fight cancer and other diseasesThe news that Theresa May has urged the NHS and technology companies to adopt artificial intelligence techniques in order to diagnose diseases such as cancer is extremely positive for both the healthcare community and for patients (
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Golden age of female film critics | Letters 22 May 1:01pm Golden age of female film critics | Letters
Pauline Kael gushed about Last Tango in Paris, writes
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Scandalous not to mention Russell T Davies | Brief letters 22 May 1:01pm Scandalous not to mention Russell T Davies | Brief letters
Extremism in Thessaloniki | Benefits of exercise | A Very English Scandal | Clothes mothsHistory repeating itself (
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GCSEs are failing stress test as students suffer | Letters 21 May 1:43pm GCSEs are failing stress test as students suffer | Letters
A year 11 pupil describes the strain on her non-academic peers, while other readers decry the effects of relentless exams on young peopleI am a year 11 student who is currently sitting their GCSE examinations. Sally Weale’s article (
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Some things old, some things new, in Sussexes’ royal wedding | Letters 21 May 1:42pm Some things old, some things new, in Sussexes’ royal wedding | Letters
Readers on Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon, the couple’s wedding car, the duchess’s feminism and the duke’s titleDiana Evans’ article (
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Too many measures targeting homeless people | Letters 21 May 1:42pm Too many measures targeting homeless people | Letters
More data is needed on the various sanctions used, write
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An insect you may not want to be kind to | Brief letters 21 May 1:42pm An insect you may not want to be kind to | Brief letters
Clothes moths | Salvator Mundi | The Four Counties Ring | Liam Rosenior | Roman AbramovichOh no:
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Don’t like a natural wine? Try another one | Letters 21 May 1:24pm Don’t like a natural wine? Try another one | Letters
Because their producers don’t follow the strict process of ‘technical’ winemaking, some natural wines are below par – but others are delicious, says
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The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration | Letters 20 May 1:07pm The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration | Letters
Readers differ on the effects of immigration and policy reactions to itAn excellent, sane, necessary article by Aditya Chakrabortty, with sound advice for Labour (
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What might Saturday’s Guardian have looked like if unrepentantly royalist? | Letters 20 May 1:05pm What might Saturday’s Guardian have looked like if unrepentantly royalist? | Letters
Reactions to the Guardian’s coverage of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And a note on gartersGary Younge (
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The coiled glory of a Cumberland sausage | Brief letters 20 May 1:03pm The coiled glory of a Cumberland sausage | Brief letters
Owen Jones’s father | More Tory peers | Barbecues | Oyster virus warning | Gender gap | CannabisI was very moved by
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Bring back joy to the classroom | Letters 19 May 7:05pm Bring back joy to the classroom | Letters
A teacher from Canada finds British education in freefall. Her solution? Remove stress and reinstate the love of learningWhat is going on with the British education system? Last week’s
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Will putting a price on nature devalue its worth? | Letters 18 May 11:40am Will putting a price on nature devalue its worth? | Letters
Readers respond for and against George Monbiot, including
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Hydrogen is the energy future | Letters 18 May 11:39am Hydrogen is the energy future | Letters
Renewably generated hydrogen could supply energy storage at scales many times beyond which even the largest battery systems could attain, writes
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What not to wear when you’re over 80 | Brief letters 18 May 11:35am What not to wear when you’re over 80 | Brief letters
Praise for the Tories | John McDonnell | Lady Rhondda’s Vichy water | Clothing for octogenarians | Dungaree comfort | Flurry of epistolary successI never thought the day would come when I’d be congratulating a Tory government for doing the right thing, but I can in the case of the new fixed-odds betting terminal limits (
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Carillion and Britain’s modern kleptocracy | Letters 17 May 12:15pm Carillion and Britain’s modern kleptocracy | Letters
Readers respond to the collapse of Carillion and offer ways that the excesses of Britain’s fat cats could be curbedPolly Toynbee rightly calls attention to both the scandal of corporate executive rewards and the political difficulties in getting them curbed (
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#MeToo and the ‘woke’ generation didn’t happen overnight | Letters 17 May 12:01pm #MeToo and the ‘woke’ generation didn’t happen overnight | Letters
It has taken two generations for the insights of the second wave of feminists to become mainstream, points out
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If Winston Churchill could wear a onesie, why can’t I? | Brief letters 17 May 12:00pm If Winston Churchill could wear a onesie, why can’t I? | Brief letters
Political lessons from 1945 | Clothes for the over-80s | Insect bites | Meghan Markle | WordsearchAnthony Barnett (
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Grief and the importance of listening to one another | Letters 16 May 12:08pm Grief and the importance of listening to one another | Letters
Readers respond to Owen Jones’s moving piece about the death of his fatherMy heart goes out to Owen Jones on the death of his father (
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An unlikely idea for Middle East peace? | Letters 16 May 12:06pm An unlikely idea for Middle East peace? | Letters
A one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict may seem a laughable idea, says
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Suffer hay fever? Don’t blow your nose | Brief letters 16 May 12:05pm Suffer hay fever? Don’t blow your nose | Brief letters
Railway ecosystem | Allergic rhinitis | Woody Guthrie and Carillion | Royal wedding romcom? | Prince HarryIt’s not just trees (
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Tom Wolfe Had the Right Stuff 16 May 10:07am Updated Tom Wolfe Had the Right Stuff
America has lost one of its greatest men of letters—a journalist, novelist and profound cultural observer.
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Calls for inquiry into Israel’s Gaza killings | Letters 15 May 1:28pm Calls for inquiry into Israel’s Gaza killings | Letters
Nine prominent Israelis compare the shooting of Palestinians to South Africa’s Sharpeville MassacreWe, Israelis who wish our country to be safe and just, are appalled and horrified by the massive killing of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza (
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Batteries included in energy storage ideas | Letters 15 May 1:28pm Batteries included in energy storage ideas | Letters
Whatever the WWF says, peak demand for gas-fired generation will be larger, says
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The musical magic of Lauren Zhang | Brief letters 15 May 1:27pm The musical magic of Lauren Zhang | Brief letters
Church of England schools | Marks and Engel on cricket | BBC Young Musician | John Simons | Gordon Bennett on the move Contrary to the assertion of David Pollock (
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Israel is 70 – is hope for a two-state solution gone? | Letters 14 May 12:55pm Israel is 70 – is hope for a two-state solution gone? | Letters
More than 130 Jewish people sign a letter calling for a secular state with equal rights for all. Plus:
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1968 and the need for nuance | Letters 14 May 12:55pm 1968 and the need for nuance | Letters
Readers respond to articles by John Harris and David Edgar on the legacy of 1968We are 50 years on from “les événements” in France of 1968. As evidence of how much that year did not achieve there is very little being made of this half-centenary. If it had been a year that had shaped our futures there would have been a mass of academic reflection on its significance. Instead, what we have had this week is Joan Bakewell on BBC2 reminiscing about a year when she was a young television personality fronting Late Night Line-up, John Harris making a neat summary of what happened (
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Banning plastic bags can be a lifesaver | Brief letters 14 May 12:54pm Banning plastic bags can be a lifesaver | Brief letters
Rwanda’s plastic bag ban | Sugar in recipes | School funding | Autocorrect | Tessa JowellWhile “other East African nations are considering following suit” (
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The divisive issue of grammar schools returns | Letters 13 May 12:57pm The divisive issue of grammar schools returns | Letters
Readers respond to the news that grammar schools in England are to get a £50m expansion fundThe government’s decision to expand the provision of grammar schools (
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Tessa Jowell did exceptional work for those who’d lost loved ones | Letters 13 May 12:56pm Tessa Jowell did exceptional work for those who’d lost loved ones | Letters
She took on the role of humanitarian minister in addition to her role as secretary of state for culture, media and sport and was there in 2005 after the 7 July London bombingsTributes have rightly been paid to Tessa Jowell’s courage and inspiration to others during her last illness after the diagnosis in 2017 that she had the most aggressive form of brain cancer (
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Newsnight should not have likened Corbyn to Lenin | Letters 13 May 12:56pm Newsnight should not have likened Corbyn to Lenin | Letters
Ignoring the weight of connotations that images carry undermines the ‘sound news judgment’ the BBC claims to uphold, writes
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Grandmother’s steps lead to the Grauniad | Brief letters 13 May 12:55pm Grandmother’s steps lead to the Grauniad | Brief letters
William Blake | Art and the CIA | Grenfell inquiry | Neanderthal brains | Predictive textI am as appalled as the other artists and arts lovers and activists who have expressed their concern about the philistine taboo on arts and creative subjects in the new English baccalaureate for secondary school children (
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Restore music to our children’s lives | Letters 12 May 7:01pm Restore music to our children’s lives | Letters
The winners of the BBC Young Musician competition unite in a plea for all primary school children to be given free music lessonsThis year, the BBC is celebrating 40 years of its Young Musician competition. All of us past winners take great pride in its legacy, which is a part of the musical heritage of this country. We are grateful to the teachers and schools that allowed us the chance to be a part of it. However, despite some brilliant schemes, we are all deeply concerned that instrumental music learning is being left to decay in many British schools to the point that it could seriously damage the future of music here and jeopardise British music’s hard won worldwide reputation.
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Arts and creative subjects enrich children and society | Letters 11 May 12:01pm Arts and creative subjects enrich children and society | Letters
Readers respond to the proposed curriculum changes in the new English baccalaureateI wholeheartedly agree with your letter writers (
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Disabled people facing government hostility in the UK | Letters 11 May 12:01pm Disabled people facing government hostility in the UK | Letters
Some of the press were happy to promote the exaggerated claims of the DWP as it misled the public regarding ‘fake’ claimants of disability benefit, write
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Gardeners trying to out-think squirrels | Letters 11 May 12:00pm Gardeners trying to out-think squirrels | Letters
Readers respond to a report that squirrels are stealing millions of pounds of bird seed a year I hate to pour cold water on Prof Mark Fellowes’ solution to squirrels raiding bird feeders (
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Electric dreams of Philip K Dickleburgh | Brief letters 11 May 12:00pm Electric dreams of Philip K Dickleburgh | Brief letters
Georgina Chapman | In the Night Garden | Smart Compose | Philip K Dick | SuguruNo criticism of Georgina Chapman (
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George Monbiot’s experience can help other men with prostate cancer | Letters 10 May 12:46pm George Monbiot’s experience can help other men with prostate cancer | Letters
Readers respond to the Guardian columnist’s experience of surgery and recoveryGeorge Monbiot writes about the excruciating pain he experienced after prostatectomy (
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In defence of the London Israeli Film & Television Festival | Letters 10 May 12:45pm In defence of the London Israeli Film & Television Festival | Letters
The co-founders of Seret say those calling for a boycott of their festival are hampering freedom of expression. And, in another letter,
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Some brief letters courtesy of Gmail | Brief letters 10 May 12:45pm Some brief letters courtesy of Gmail | Brief letters
House of Lords | Leveson 2 | Smart Compose | Mike Yarwood | Predictive testWhen I started work in 1991 on EU matters at Manchester council my boss said always read the House of Lords debates on Europe, you will learn far more than from the Commons (
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Millennials need a fairer society, not a £10k handout | Letters 9 May 12:49pm Millennials need a fairer society, not a £10k handout | Letters
Readers respond to the Resolution Foundation’s proposal to give £10,000 to 25-year-olds in a bid to reduce intergenerational inequalityThe Resolution Foundation’s recommendation to give £10,000 to all young people when they turn 25 (
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Trump’s folly over the Iran deal comes through loud and clear | Letters 9 May 12:49pm Trump’s folly over the Iran deal comes through loud and clear | Letters
Angry male voices are drowning out truth in politics, argues
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Schools must teach art, for all our sakes | Letters 9 May 12:49pm Schools must teach art, for all our sakes | Letters
The teaching of art in schools is not a luxury argues
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Teletubbies has vital lessons for toddlers | Letters 9 May 12:48pm Teletubbies has vital lessons for toddlers | Letters
Toddlers invest immense amounts of energy in learning how to make sense of television – not just content, but also the rules of storytelling and genre, writes
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Hats off to Stockport’s unsung attractions | Brief letters 9 May 12:48pm Hats off to Stockport’s unsung attractions | Brief letters
Stockport | Opera’s tragic women | Royal Opera House dispute | Predictive textI read with interest Dave Simpson’s
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