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An educational system not fit for purpose | Letters38m An educational system not fit for purpose | Letters
Distinctions between academic and vocational qualifications are increasingly outmoded argue
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Military model can’t curb violance in jails | Letters39m Military model can’t curb violance in jails | Letters
Prisons minister Rory Stewart is taken to task by
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For and against a People’s Vote | Letters39m For and against a People’s Vote | Letters
Any new popular vote on Brexit will turn the spotlight on Labour’s approach to leaving the EU, says
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Time for Jeremy Corbyn to end the sideshow | Brief letters40m Time for Jeremy Corbyn to end the sideshow | Brief letters
Labour’s antisemitism row | Hoarding | Guardian style | Pet naming and shamingBravo, Gary Younge (
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Let’s call time on this Brexit shambles | Letters12h Let’s call time on this Brexit shambles | Letters
We must demand the cancellation of article 50 and a return to the UK’s full membership of the EUAs the whole Brexit concept continues to unravel, I cannot be the only one thinking “enough is enough” (“
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The Peterloo massacre and history lessons that echo through the ages | Letters 17 Aug 11:50am The Peterloo massacre and history lessons that echo through the ages | Letters
Readers on Mike Leigh’s call for the events of 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, to be on the national curriculumAll credit to Mike Leigh who, in his new film, has turned his great talent to honouring those butchered in the Peterloo massacre of 1819 for peacefully gathering to demand extension of the suffrage and an end to the brutal denial of workers’ rights during that terrible age of repression following the Napoleonic wars (
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Don’t let menopausal night sweats get you down | Letters 17 Aug 11:49am Don’t let menopausal night sweats get you down | Letters
I found night sweats could be ameliorated by wearing just a thick bathrobe in bed. This sounds counterintuitive but it soaks up the moisture and keeps the skin dry, writes
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‘Natural substances’ and a natural woman | Brief letters 17 Aug 11:49am ‘Natural substances’ and a natural woman | Brief letters
Chemicals | John Brennan | Aretha Franklin | Pet namesIrrespective of the safety or otherwise of glyphosate, the idea that “natural substances” are not chemicals and are consequently inherently safe is curiously persistent. Indeed
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Boris Johnson and the burqa both causing concern | Letters 16 Aug 12:41pm Boris Johnson and the burqa both causing concern | Letters
Readers respond to Guardian articles by Matthew d’Ancona, Emine Saner and Polly ToynbeeTwo cheers for Matthew d’Ancona’s spirited and precise nailing of the clear and present danger represented by Boris Johnson’s targeted attack on Muslim women (
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16 Aug 12:41pm The Anti-Nazi League changed my life. We need it again | Brief letters
ANL | Sheffield trees | Lolly sticks | Pet namesI was 13 years old when the Anti-Nazi League formed (
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Diversity of responses to Israel boycott movement | Letters 15 Aug 12:49pm Diversity of responses to Israel boycott movement | Letters
Readers react to a long read article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movementThanks so much for running Nathan Thrall’s comprehensive article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (
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Study still tracking obesity in generation born in 1970 | Letters 15 Aug 12:48pm Study still tracking obesity in generation born in 1970 | Letters
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies found that those born in 1970 are more likely to be overweight than those born 12 years earlier, writes
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We must support not sue our doctors | Letters 15 Aug 12:48pm We must support not sue our doctors | Letters
The practice of medicine is the most difficult and complex undertaking of humanity and mistakes will be made, says retired doctor
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Hamsters and the chocolate torture treatment | Brief letters 15 Aug 12:47pm Hamsters and the chocolate torture treatment | Brief letters
Pension scams | Denis Healey | Lolly sticks | Brilliant Steve Bell | Dog namesFollowing the coalition government pension reforms in 2015, is it any wonder that many people have been tricked out of their life savings (
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Home truths about housing supply and demand | Letters 14 Aug 1:04pm Home truths about housing supply and demand | Letters
Readers respond to calls for policies aimed at tackling homelessness and the high cost of housingSuggestions to build more new towns for millennials (
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Better safe than sorry on chemicals used in agriculture | Letters 14 Aug 1:03pm Better safe than sorry on chemicals used in agriculture | Letters
How can you guarantee that every member of a food production supply chain has used these chemicals ‘according to the label’, asks
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I await a second Magnum opus | Brief letters 14 Aug 1:01pm I await a second Magnum opus | Brief letters
Morris Traveller in the Alps | What’s the point of Sats? | DNA ancestry tests | A dog called Trevor | Lolly sticksIn the early 60s, I drove a Morris Traveller (
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Austerity, outsourcing and English councils in crisis | Letters 13 Aug 12:49pm Austerity, outsourcing and English councils in crisis | Letters
Thatcherite ideology, incompetence and the abolition of the Audit Commission have all contributed to local government failures, readers suggest. But there’s good news from the London borough of HaringeyAditya Chakrabortty’s excellent piece (
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Home Office shamed for barring writers and artists from festival | Letters 13 Aug 12:48pm Home Office shamed for barring writers and artists from festival | Letters
Readers respond to news that the Home Office has been refusing visas for authors invited to the Edinburgh Book FestivalOnce again, selected artists invited to the Edinburgh book festival are, in the words of director Nick Barley, being put through a “humiliating” process (
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ECB is failing to improve cricket participation | Letters 13 Aug 12:48pm ECB is failing to improve cricket participation | Letters
How would reducing the number of professional cricketers in England encourage people to play, wonders
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Gardening with the red trousers brigade | Brief letters 13 Aug 12:48pm Gardening with the red trousers brigade | Brief letters
Interest rates | Poetry in newspapers | Minister spotting | Cat namesSome 35 years ago I was a researcher at London Business School, sharing our sole computer with the renowned (or infamous) Economic Forecasting Unit, led by Terry, later Lord, Burns, before he was appropriated by Margaret Thatcher to advise the government. I well recall the announcement (though not the reason for it) by an EFU colleague: “We will never see single interest rates again.” If there is one observation I have made since, it is that all worldly things are subject to sudden, radical upheaval (
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HS2 and the continuing north-south divide | Letters 12 Aug 12:21pm HS2 and the continuing north-south divide | Letters
Mixed reactions to Simon Jenkins’ call to halt the planned high-speed rail link between London and the MidlandsRegarding Simon Jenkins’ article (
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The ‘civil society strategy’ can’t rely on charities with no funding | Letters 12 Aug 12:14pm The ‘civil society strategy’ can’t rely on charities with no funding | Letters
The charities and voluntary organisations that the government says it wants to help to tackle social exclusion are the first to be cut when local authority budgets are squeezedThe fault of the “big society” agenda lay in the preference for “new initiatives” (
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The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters 12 Aug 12:10pm The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters
Panama hats | Denis Healey | Lilith | Parker Solar Probe | A cat called MavisSam Wolfson’s
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Letters: Labour should focus on the far right, not Jeremy Corbyn 12 Aug 12:59am Letters: Labour should focus on the far right, not Jeremy Corbyn
It’s time the leader’s critics turned their attention to the real challenge – the potential for a rise in the extreme rightThe tirade by Tom Watson against the Labour party’s proposed amendments to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) draft definition on antisemitism as being themselves “antisemitic” is extraordinary (“
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Subversive elements in English cricket? | Letters 10 Aug 11:07am Subversive elements in English cricket? | Letters
Colin Graves’s reign at the ECB divides opinion – as does the suggestion that the game helps maintain the political status quoI am afraid that Matthew Engel is very wide of the mark in his criticism of Colin Graves, the visionary chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (
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Beer for 50p a pint? Who would Alan and Eve it? | Brief letters 10 Aug 11:02am Beer for 50p a pint? Who would Alan and Eve it? | Brief letters
Women who changed the world | Denis Healey | Old cars | Dogs’ names | Cheap bitterAll credit to the Virgin Mary for making it into the nominees for
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Council tax and the future of local authority funding | Letters 9 Aug 12:21pm Council tax and the future of local authority funding | Letters
Readers respond to the issue of how to properly and effectively fund local governmentAs a means of funding local expenditure, there is nothing wrong in principle in the council tax, with the burden distributed on the basis of property values, for, generally, richer people live in better homes with a greater capacity to contribute (
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Where’s the justice for MoJ cleaners? | Letters 9 Aug 12:21pm Where’s the justice for MoJ cleaners? | Letters
Too many government departments still think it’s acceptable for their outsourced cleaning staff to struggle on poverty pay, says Labour MP
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Women: beware teas with a gender agenda | Letters 9 Aug 12:21pm Women: beware teas with a gender agenda | Letters
Herbal drinks that claim to be specially blended for women should be treated with some scepticism, writes
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Influential women missing from the list | Brief letters 9 Aug 12:20pm Influential women missing from the list | Brief letters
What, no Sappho? | Poetry in newspapers | Rain risk for mobility scooters | The Healeys on holiday | Cheap beer in YorkshireThree-quarters of the 20 “most influential women in history” (
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What Muslim women ought not to wear isn’t a matter for Boris Johnson | Letters 8 Aug 1:08pm What Muslim women ought not to wear isn’t a matter for Boris Johnson | Letters
Readers respond to the former foreign secretary’s comparison of Muslim women in burqas to ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’I’m appalled by Boris Johnson’s comments on the niqab being compared to a “letterbox” (
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Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters 8 Aug 1:07pm Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters
The ‘whole month approach’ to changes of circumstances will create problems for universal credit recipients, says
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Electric cars go like clockwork for me | Brief letters 8 Aug 1:06pm Electric cars go like clockwork for me | Brief letters
Nissan Leaf journey | Wind-up VW Beetle | Carlisle’s appeal to students | Dogs’ names | Letters threads combinedI missed the article about driving the Tesla (
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These are strange times for Jewish socialists | Letters 7 Aug 1:25pm These are strange times for Jewish socialists | Letters
Readers respond to the continuing turmoil in the Labour party over antisemitismThe last few weeks have been a strange time to be in a progressive, socialist, Jewish family. Unlike Margaret Hodge (
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Western allies should stand up for Georgia against Russia | Letters 7 Aug 1:25pm Western allies should stand up for Georgia against Russia | Letters
Occupation of 20% of the territory of sovereign Georgia undermines security and peace in Europe, writes
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Problems posed by a second Brexit referendum | Letters 6 Aug 12:34pm Problems posed by a second Brexit referendum | Letters
Readers respond to an article by Steve Richards about the possibility of a second referendumWith the conference season approaching, it is becoming alarmingly clear that the only people capable of stopping Brexit are the delegates to this year’s Labour party conference. Steve Richards (
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Press Amazon on corporate tax | Letters 6 Aug 12:33pm Press Amazon on corporate tax | Letters
Guardian readers respond to reports of tech giant Amazon’s halved corporation tax billAmazon’s implication that its corporate tax payments in the UK are very low partly because of its high investments in this country is both misleading and disingenuous (
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Meds not the only answer for ADHD | Letters 6 Aug 12:33pm Meds not the only answer for ADHD | Letters
There need to be national multi-agency collaborative pathways for the holistic assessment of children with attention difficultiesWe, as chartered psychologists (BPS), are delighted that the inadequate provision for children with mental health difficulties in the UK was highlighted (
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Why turn a novel into a testosterone test? | Letters 6 Aug 12:33pm Why turn a novel into a testosterone test? | Letters
A streak of British philistine puritanism is surely at play, writes
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World history seen via a shop window | Brief letters 6 Aug 12:10pm World history seen via a shop window | Brief letters
Apollo space missions | China’s emissions | Denis Healy sightings | Telephones | Identifying artFurther to
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Populist Jeremy Corbyn is riding the tiger of antisemitism | Letters 5 Aug 12:52pm Populist Jeremy Corbyn is riding the tiger of antisemitism | Letters
Readers respond to the Labour leader’s article in Saturday’s Guardian where he promised to root out antisemitism in the partyJeremy Corbyn’s article (
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China’s efforts to protect the ozone layer | Letters 5 Aug 12:52pm China’s efforts to protect the ozone layer | Letters
Beijing is playing its part in cracking down on the use of banned ozone-depleting CFC-11, says
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Council tax must be replaced | Letters 5 Aug 12:51pm Council tax must be replaced | Letters
Readers respond to Larry Elliott’s piece about scrapping council tax and replacing it with a fairer, more progressive taxLarry Elliott (
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Macron and May dress up their differences | Brief letters 5 Aug 12:50pm Macron and May dress up their differences | Brief letters
May and Macron | Denis Healey on holiday | Morris Travellers | 2CVs | Nominative determinism | Second TestYou could have been more precise about the politicians’ attire (
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We need less waste, not more food | Letters 5 Aug 12:59am We need less waste, not more food | Letters
The key to UK food security is not to grow more but to ensure our supplies and to cut out profligacyThis year’s heatwave and climate change in general highlight growing risks to food supplies and not just in this country (“
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Early years education must involve parents too | Letters 3 Aug 11:47am Early years education must involve parents too | Letters
Readers respond to education secretary Damian Hinds’ proposals to improve social mobilityDamien Hinds’ reported proposal for early years education (
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Is austerity driving people to food banks? That’s an easy one | Letters 3 Aug 11:47am Is austerity driving people to food banks? That’s an easy one | Letters
Readers respond to news that ministers have secretly drawn up plans to investigate whether the government’s own policies are to blame for the sharp rise in the use of food banksIt’s welcome news that the UK government could be finally waking up to the fact that its policies are driving people to food banks (
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Electric vehicle chargepoint policy leaning on a lamp-post adaptation | Letters 3 Aug 11:45am Electric vehicle chargepoint policy leaning on a lamp-post adaptation | Letters
Minister Jesse Norman sees the UK surging ahead in low-emission technologiesJohn Armitt is absolutely right to highlight the growing importance of a national, highly visible electric chargepoint network. As he will know, in the UK there are already around 14,000 public chargepoints, of which at least 1,300 are rapid chargers, forming one of the larger networks of rapid chargepoints in Europe. New legislation will enable further swift growth and ensure the UK’s infrastructure network is easier to use and still more reliable for electric vehicle drivers. And the government’s recently launched Road to Zero strategy envisages a further massive expansion of electric and low emission vehicle charging infrastructure. It includes a consultation on proposals for chargepoints to be installed with all newly built homes in England, where possible. We are also looking at how far new lamp-posts can include on-street charging infrastructure, and will be providing guidance to local authorities to support this. The move to zero emission vehicles is the biggest automotive technology change since the invention of the combustion engine. I and my colleagues are seeking to ensure the UK is and remains at the forefront of this revolution.
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Making a boob when challenging sexism | Brief letters 3 Aug 11:44am Making a boob when challenging sexism | Brief letters
University Challenge | English regions | Watching sport through Granada windows | Clockwork-powered 2CVI’m sure I’m only one of many women writing to thank you for the very helpful picture illustrating the story about a female contestant’s boobs (
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Many councils will go the way of Northamptonshire | Letters 2 Aug 12:53pm Many councils will go the way of Northamptonshire | Letters
Readers respond to the plight of Northamptonshire county council, facing bankruptcy and warning that it will only be able to offer stripped-back services to residentsWe are all the poorer because of government austerity measures that have seen billions taken out of local government funding (
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Tackling sexual abuse in the aid sector | Letters 2 Aug 12:52pm Tackling sexual abuse in the aid sector | Letters
Readers respond to a damning report by MPs accusing aid groups of ‘abject failure’ in tackling sexual abuseThe statement that charities have shown complacency verging on complicity in responding to sexual abuse across the sector mainly focuses on those delivering aid work overseas (
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When Denis Healey got stuck in the bog | Letters 2 Aug 12:51pm When Denis Healey got stuck in the bog | Letters
Angela Alexander recalls an encounter with the Labour big beast on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in 1976We were also on holiday in west Ardnamurchan in the summer of 1976 (
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Fashion should follow sensible superhero in bikini bottoms | Brief letters 2 Aug 12:51pm Fashion should follow sensible superhero in bikini bottoms | Brief letters
Swimsuits as day wear | Freudian slip | Watching cricket | Morris marital dispute | Rosehip soup | Ottolenghi ingredientsMorwenna Ferrier’s conviction that the new fashion trend will be the wearing of one-piece swimsuits under skirts or trousers “as daywear” (
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Not sorry for helping make English Africa’s lingua franca | Letters 1 Aug 12:57pm Not sorry for helping make English Africa’s lingua franca | Letters
Readers respond to a piece that claimed the English language was taking over the world, and to a letter about American English that it promptedAs a former lecturer in colleges in colonial central Africa, I must plead “guilty” to teaching many students how to teach English in their primary and secondary schools (
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Personal experiences around the question of assisted dying law | Letters 1 Aug 12:57pm Personal experiences around the question of assisted dying law | Letters
Molly Meacher, Lesley Mary Close, Carole Stuart-McIvor
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Fair trade cocaine wouldn’t delight dealers | Brief letters 1 Aug 12:57pm Fair trade cocaine wouldn’t delight dealers | Brief letters
Middle-class cocaine use | Black photographers in Vogue | Maya Angelou and Rudyard Kipling | The Silk Roads | Whale-dolphin hybridAll cocaine use, regardless of class – in fact all illicit drug use, regardless of class – causes misery through the supply chain (
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Calls to put a stop to the academisation of schools | Letters 31 Jul 1:02pm Calls to put a stop to the academisation of schools | Letters
Readers respond to a Guardian article by Aditya ChakraborttyAditya Chakrabortty’s article (
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How to get a quick and easy divorce | Letters 31 Jul 1:01pm How to get a quick and easy divorce | Letters
How much could Tini Owens spend before her husband begged her for a divorce, asks
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Who do you think you’re kidding, Mr Guardian? | Letters 31 Jul 1:01pm Who do you think you’re kidding, Mr Guardian? | Letters
I need the laughs and the gags that Dad’s Army supplies, writes
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Entertaining the telephone operator | Brief letters 31 Jul 1:01pm Entertaining the telephone operator | Brief letters
Guide badges | Phone eavesdropping | 2CVs | Drying the washing | Stockpiling foodOn finding out that our Guide captain’s husband was a test pilot, I learned to fly a plane sitting on her floor, taught by her husband – and I passed! I never lost my love of aircraft. I wonder if they still have an aircraft badge (
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Shining a searchlight on prisons and probation | Letters 30 Jul 1:28pm Shining a searchlight on prisons and probation | Letters
Prisons have been in crisis for decades, including when Labour was in power and staff numbers were high, says
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Blood on the streets in Ortega’s corrupt Nicaragua | Letters 30 Jul 1:27pm Blood on the streets in Ortega’s corrupt Nicaragua | Letters
Paramilitaries controlled by President Ortega are responsible for most of the killings, says
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Leo Kanner’s ‘discovery’ of autism was not independent of Hans Asperger | Letters 30 Jul 1:27pm Leo Kanner’s ‘discovery’ of autism was not independent of Hans Asperger | Letters
Asperger’s former colleagues George Frankl and Anni Weiss were working with Kanner when he claimed to ‘discover’ autism in 1943, writes NeuroTribes author
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Small-scale theatre isn’t just for the rich | Brief letters 30 Jul 1:25pm Small-scale theatre isn’t just for the rich | Brief letters
Brighton festival | Languages of empire | Frictionless trading | Music’s purpose | From Paris by Morris?Perhaps your wealth correspondent (
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The English language reigns now, but look at the fate of Latin | Letters 29 Jul 12:52pm The English language reigns now, but look at the fate of Latin | Letters
Readers on the dominance of English across the globe, its penchant for borrowing from other languages, and whether decay and fragmentation is now inevitableJacob Mikanowski (
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Don’t call in bailiffs – and give tenants access to cheaper loans | Letters 29 Jul 12:52pm Don’t call in bailiffs – and give tenants access to cheaper loans | Letters
Local councils are too zealous in pursuing debts, writes
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Guides always learnt real survival skills | Letters 29 Jul 12:51pm Guides always learnt real survival skills | Letters
Some of ideas wouldn’t have gone amiss in those Thai caves, writes
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Blame socialism for India’s post-independence ills | Letters 29 Jul 12:50pm Blame socialism for India’s post-independence ills | Letters
Lack of development after independence was a socialist tragedy, not a capitalist one, says
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Your call may be secretly recorded | Letters 29 Jul 12:49pm Your call may be secretly recorded | Letters
Crossed lines | Minor condensation | Bath not beach | Hanging out the washing | Santa ClausI had the same “crossed line” experience (
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How do we solve the mental health crisis? | Letters 29 Jul 1:00am How do we solve the mental health crisis? | Letters
Shortage of beds is one thing, but it’s the reduction in qualified staff and the lack of money that are really crippling the serviceThe reduction in beds for mental health makes a good headline (
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When the Proms clapping has to stop – or start | Letters 27 Jul 11:54am When the Proms clapping has to stop – or start | Letters
Readers give their views on when and when not to applaud classical music performancesI am a huge admirer of Chi-chi Nwanoku and all she has achieved. But her article (
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Parliament Boycott could be a winner | Brief letters 27 Jul 11:41am Parliament Boycott could be a winner | Brief letters
Dad’s Army | Cricketing leaders | Heatwave | Morris Minors | Collective name for SantasHuw Wheldon, then MD of BBC, confessed that, at a rehearsal of Dad’s Army (
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Tory ideology behind attacks on our schools | Letters 26 Jul 1:25pm Tory ideology behind attacks on our schools | Letters
Readers respond to a Guardian leader on government education policy and the new education secretary’s pledge to improve support for teachersYour leader on education (
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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters 26 Jul 1:24pm Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters
Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turkish identity (
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Cloak and dictator: Napoleon’s legacy | Letters 26 Jul 1:22pm Cloak and dictator: Napoleon’s legacy | Letters
‘An ardent republican’ who killed off a republic – no wonder his cloak has pride of place in Prince Charles’s birthday showA Spanish government source, speaking about Franco’s tomb, says: “There’s nowhere else in Europe where you have a monument to a dictator” (
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Happy days Zaheer again. Again | Brief letters 26 Jul 1:20pm Happy days Zaheer again. Again | Brief letters
Zaheer Abbas | Beavers | Christmas cake | Brexit | Morris TravellersI would like to wish Zaheer Abbas a belated happy birthday (Birthdays, 24 July). There used to be a competition among county cricketers to see who could hit 1,000 runs in the first month of the season. In 1981 no cricket was played in May because of the appalling weather. Zaheer, playing for Gloucestershire, hit 1,000 in June. The Guardian sports report was headlined “Happy days Zaheer again”. A classic. 
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Divided opinion on Israel’s self-determination law | Letters 25 Jul 12:53pm Divided opinion on Israel’s self-determination law | Letters
Readers respond to Daniel Barenboim’s piece on Israel’s new ‘nation state’ lawI agree with Daniel Barenboim in his opposition to Israel’s recently passed nation-state law (
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The facts about Powys game shoot | Letters 25 Jul 12:52pm The facts about Powys game shoot | Letters
Christopher Graffius
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In support of Goldsmiths cleaners and Prof James Newell | Letters 24 Jul 1:31pm In support of Goldsmiths cleaners and Prof James Newell | Letters
In two letters, hundreds of academics call for Goldsmiths to bring its cleaners back in house, and for James Newell to be reinstated as professor of politics at Salford UniversityWe write as staff at Goldsmiths, University of London, in support of our cleaning colleagues, and their union Unison, who are campaigning to be brought in-house (
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Enforcement alone won’t stop violent crime | Letters 24 Jul 1:31pm Enforcement alone won’t stop violent crime | Letters
Violence is not primarily about weapons – whether guns or knives, or the ubiquitous ‘blunt objects’ – but about social exclusion, lack of opportunity, and the hair-trigger tempers of young men, writes
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Readers’ top tips for keeping cool | Brief letters 24 Jul 1:30pm Readers’ top tips for keeping cool | Brief letters
Coping with the heatwave | Words to avoid | Christmas cake icing | Chauffered Morris Minors | Right bank of the MerseyWhile visiting Wales a while ago, the temperature climbed into the 30s (
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Antisemitism definition continues to divide the Labour party | Letters 23 Jul 12:24pm Antisemitism definition continues to divide the Labour party | Letters
Guardian readers offer their views on the Labour party row regarding incorporating a definition of antisemitism into the party’s code of conductAs a secular Jew who has lived in these islands for nearly 60 years, I have seen and experienced some antisemitism. This has been minor and non-threatening, usually perpetrated by conservative institutions (educational and social) and individuals or small groups on the political extremes. It is many orders of magnitude less than the antisemitism experienced by my grandfathers who fled the pogroms in the Baltic states, which led to the Holocaust that obliterated those of their family who remained. Yet in this benign atmosphere, extensive action by the Labour party to root out antisemitism is still being criticised (
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Global Disability Summit is full of opportunity and promise | Letters 23 Jul 12:22pm Global Disability Summit is full of opportunity and promise | Letters
Letter from 36 representatives of the UK’s leading international development organisationsTuesday is full of opportunity and promise, as world leaders descend on London for the UK’s first ever Global Disability Summit. We, some of the UK’s leading international development organisations, call on decision-makers to make lasting commitments to people living with disabilities across the world. Through ignorance, indifference or intention, people with disabilities, 80% of whom live in the world’s poorest countries, continue to be excluded from society. They face multiple forms of discrimination and are denied equal rights to many fundamental aspects of life, including access to quality education, earning a living, having a family and even making independent decisions about their own lives. Inclusion of people with disabilities must be at the heart of all aid, development and humanitarian efforts if we are to achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals by 2030. People with disabilities must not only be heard, but be at the forefront of decision-making about their lives and issues that affect them. Assistive technology must also be harnessed to empower people with disabilities to live healthy, productive and independent lives.
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I hated you, I loved you, too: essay on Brontë hit withering heights | Letters 23 Jul 12:21pm I hated you, I loved you, too: essay on Brontë hit withering heights | Letters
Guardian readers respond to a Review essay excoriating the author Emily BrontëI found Kathryn Hughes’ comparison between Emily Brontë and Sylvia Plath (
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The car for a true Guardian reader | Brief letters 23 Jul 12:19pm The car for a true Guardian reader | Brief letters
The Hope valley | BAME children’s book characters | Christmas cake | Road tripping | 2CVs | Pasta strawsMuch as it delighted me to see a photograph of the valley in which I was born (Hope and glory, 23 July), I had already saved the same photo from the Guardian of 13 July to display at the annual Rumsey family reunion held in Hope each August.
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How to be an excellent landlord (Christmas sherry not mandatory) | Penny Anderson 23 Jul 8:00am How to be an excellent landlord (Christmas sherry not mandatory) | Penny Anderson
Encouraging good tenants to stay saves you bother and fees, so here are 10 tips to help buy-to-letters be more kind and tolerantHe’s been at it again. The poster boy for terrible landlords, Fergus Wilson, is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for refusing to house and issuing notices to
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Can Corbyn really lead the left to power? | Letters 22 Jul 1:44pm Can Corbyn really lead the left to power? | Letters
Jeremy Corbyn remains a liability for Labour, according to
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Cashless future far from certain | Letters 22 Jul 1:43pm Cashless future far from certain | Letters
Cash will continue to be a universal form of payment, says
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Beware tobacco firm’s Trojan horses | Letters 22 Jul 1:42pm Beware tobacco firm’s Trojan horses | Letters
Philip Morris’s overture to the NHS is part of a strategy to undermine controls on tobacco, says
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Cliff Richard and freedom of the press | Letters 20 Jul 12:27pm Cliff Richard and freedom of the press | Letters
Readers respond after Cliff Richard wins £210,000 in damages over BBC privacy caseMedia commentators are already declaiming Justice Mann’s judgment in favour of Cliff Richard over the BBC as a “dark day for press freedom”. Rubbish. These arguments are specious. The public interest and public prurience should not be conflated. The public interest must not be determined by the media alone. The Human Rights Act (which Theresa May despises) has something to say on the matter. We are not dealing here with the Cambridge Analytica story or the Paradise Papers – examples of a clear public interest uncovered by investigative journalists (not the BBC). Pre-empting the judicial process by publicising the earliest stage of an investigation encourages fishing trips and chancers. We have seen much of that post-
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We can’t paint over our racist past | Letters 20 Jul 12:27pm We can’t paint over our racist past | Letters
Manchester university students defacing a Kipling poem draws mixed responses from readersI read the article about how at the University of Manchester the students painted over the Kipling mural and replaced it with a Maya Angelou poem (
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Historic deal on shared Macedonian identity must be honoured | Letters 20 Jul 12:27pm Historic deal on shared Macedonian identity must be honoured | Letters
A big show of support for the agreement ending the dispute between Greece and the country now renamed North MacedoniaThe historic agreement of 17 June signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) ends a dispute that had been festering for the last 25 years (
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Spitfire heroes to be long remembered | Letters 20 Jul 12:26pm Spitfire heroes to be long remembered | Letters
The Battle of Britain pilots who died recently should be celebrated for the sacrifices they made, says
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No such thing as a free Friday lunch | Brief letters 20 Jul 12:26pm No such thing as a free Friday lunch | Brief letters
Work down Fridays | Welsh sporting wonders | General election call | Buses and taxis | Birkenhead | Morris minor letter writersThe suggestion that we scrap working on Fridays (
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Donald Trump’s actions show up the perils of a unipolar world | Letters 19 Jul 1:25pm Donald Trump’s actions show up the perils of a unipolar world | Letters
Readers give their views on the fallout from the US president’s recent European tripWhile I enjoyed reading Simon Tisdall’s article (
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BAME books: let children see themselves in stories | Letters 19 Jul 1:24pm BAME books: let children see themselves in stories | Letters
From protagonists in wheelchairs to mixed-race newborns, it’s time for books and greetings cards to reflect real lifeAlison Flood’s article on the lack of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) main characters in children’s books raises an important issue, but it was a shame that the books listed were about BAME children outside the UK (
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On a hiding to Birkenhead | Letters 19 Jul 1:24pm On a hiding to Birkenhead | Letters
Birkenhead and Liverpool | The mayor’s Morris Minor | Love Island | Tory rebelsI write from the West Bank (although my arty friends refer to our lively town as the Left Bank) of the Mersey to defend the Guardian from Bill McGinley’s conspiracy charge (
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Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism | Letters 18 Jul 1:10pm Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism | Letters
Readers offer their views on both sides of the argument over the party’s adoption of the IHRA definition, but not all its illustrative examplesMany contributors to the antisemitism debate around the Labour party seem to be creating more confusion than clarity (
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Should there be a second Brexit referendum? | Letters 17 Jul 12:43pm Should there be a second Brexit referendum? | Letters
Readers air their views after Justine Greening said she believes other senior Conservative MPs also support the idea of a second referendum to end a likely parliamentary deadlock on BrexitJustine Greening’s proposal for a re-run Brexit referendum (
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UK must take lead on nuclear weapons | Letters 17 Jul 12:43pm UK must take lead on nuclear weapons | Letters
The tide towards annihilation can be turned if the political will is there, writes CND general secretary
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Parliamentary progress on sexual harassment | Letters 17 Jul 12:42pm Parliamentary progress on sexual harassment | Letters
A culture of mutual respect and accountability benefits everyone and all the political parties need to wake up to that, across the board, writes
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Sophocles’ stories are ours as well | Letters 17 Jul 12:42pm Sophocles’ stories are ours as well | Letters
Ancient tales ‘go to the dark core of human experience’, writes
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A different sort of car for Trump’s motorcade | Brief letters 17 Jul 12:42pm A different sort of car for Trump’s motorcade | Brief letters
Morris Travellers | Birthdays column | Children’s books | ‘Gordon Bennett’ | BadgersNext time: the presidential motorcade to be Morris Minor Travellers (
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17 Jul 7:00am Don’t call Tallinn’s new waterfront road ‘a highway’ | Letters
It’s a rather ordinary four-lane road, with recreation areas, benches and bicycle roads, and a jogging track by the sea side, says the mayorThe Finnish urbanist Timo Hämäläinen, writing about the future Reidi tee in Tallinn, calls it a “highway” (
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Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters 16 Jul 12:48pm Caution! Stalled government ahead | Brief letters
Alan Gilzean | Eldorado at the BBC | Motorway speeds | Morris Minors | Fake newsRumour has it that the only reason Alan Gilzean (
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Poland, Russia and monumental distrust | Letters 15 Jul 2:39pm Poland, Russia and monumental distrust | Letters
Readers respond to Matthew Luxmoore’s article on the bitter conflict over a nation’s communist historyAs the stepson of a former member of “General Anders’ army”, a group of Polish soldiers released from Stalin’s gulags, who fought with the British in the Middle East and Italy, I read Matthew Luxmoore’s excellent article with mixed feelings (
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Donald Trump’s visit and the rhetoric of destabilisation | Letters 15 Jul 2:20pm Donald Trump’s visit and the rhetoric of destabilisation | Letters
The idea is to confuse your opponents and force them onto the defensive, distracting the audience from the real issues at stake through personal attacks, wrongfooting and provocationLike many others I have been angered and distressed by Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, his attempted interference in our government and the predictable reactions of the pro-Brexit politicians and media. The wonderful protests against his visit cannot entirely compensate for the destabilising effect of his behaviour and words. But I am fairly certain this is the intention. As a linguist, I believe that the constant backtracking and wrongfooting – undermining Theresa May one day and appearing to support her the next; the apparent tolerance for the protests (even for the baby blimp) followed by a vicious personal attack on Sadiq Khan – is entirely deliberate. These are the tactics Trump has employed throughout his presidency, for example in his ambiguous attitude to the Kremlin and his teasing about meeting the North Korean leader.
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Can’t stand the heat? Move your bedroom | Letters 15 Jul 2:12pm Can’t stand the heat? Move your bedroom | Letters
The real killer in this heatwave is modern architecture with its lightweight (cheap), over-glazed new dwellings with no or few opening windowsProf Helen Stokes-Lampard is wrong when she says the ideal bedroom temperature should be 18C–24C (
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Wales could show England the way to local government reform | Letters 15 Jul 2:10pm Wales could show England the way to local government reform | Letters
John Harris called for a rethink on local democracy: here
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We’ve got the Guardian masthead blues and we’re overjoyed | Letters 15 Jul 2:04pm We’ve got the Guardian masthead blues and we’re overjoyed | Letters
Ada Lovelace | Morris Minors | Halal school meals | ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Guardian masthead | Angry seabirdsBehind Theresa May and her cabinet in your photo (
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We baby boomers are an easy target | letters 15 Jul 12:59am We baby boomers are an easy target | letters
Rather than blaming older people for everything from being a tax on the young to shoring up wealth, look at all the good we have doneI would like to point out to Phillip Inman that most baby boomers and those who are older worked hard for their money and saved, a concept not much in evidence today (“
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Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters 13 Jul 11:32am Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters
Readers respond to the US president’s visit to the Nato summit and the UK, including his demand for more defence spending and his undiplomatic interventions in British politicsIs Trump, as you write, the “leader of a very great nation” (
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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters 13 Jul 11:31am Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters
Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (
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Facing up to the reasons Donald Trump was elected | Letters 12 Jul 12:59pm Facing up to the reasons Donald Trump was elected | Letters
Readers respond to the arrival of President Donald Trump in BritainI don’t always agree with Owen Jones but I applaud his forensic piece on Trumpism and the rise of the far right down to the last comma (
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A whale would have been a right catch for a Roman fisherman | Letters 12 Jul 12:58pm A whale would have been a right catch for a Roman fisherman | Letters
Far more likely the Romans merely exploited any dead whales found floating or cast ashore, suggests
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Mouse house is a very, very, very fine house | Brief letters 12 Jul 12:57pm Mouse house is a very, very, very fine house | Brief letters
Worst BBC soap operas | Woodlice | Mouse house | Paul Simon | Big Ben | Cricket’s coming homeThere is a rival for the worst BBC soap opera (
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A good place to start fixing the BBC’s pay gap | Letters 12 Jul 12:45pm A good place to start fixing the BBC’s pay gap | Letters
Readers respond to the ongoing debate about the way the BBC remunerates its employeesJane Martinson’s article (
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The sad state of local government in England | Letters 11 Jul 12:23pm The sad state of local government in England | Letters
Reactions to John Harris’s article on the flaws in a system run by WhitehallBravo, John Harris (
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Six weeks is a long time in Brexit terms | Letters 11 Jul 12:08pm Six weeks is a long time in Brexit terms | Letters
Perhaps MPs should consider not breaking up for the summer recess, writes
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Deregulation and Britain’s bus services | Letters 11 Jul 12:08pm Deregulation and Britain’s bus services | Letters
Response from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK to an article on the London bus marketYour article (
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Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters 11 Jul 12:07pm Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters
Graham Kelly on football psychology | A Minor marriage | Morris Minus | Jeremy Hunt | PuffinsAlthough a respected sports scientist accompanied England manager Bobby Robson to Italia 90, the Football Association was not so attuned then to the psychology of winning matches at this level (
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Judge and jury on the Wiltshire poisonings | Letters 10 Jul 12:58pm Judge and jury on the Wiltshire poisonings | Letters
Like Simon Jenkins, some readers are sceptical about the British government’s accusations against Russia after the use of novichok in the UK – but others think the circumstantial evidence is enough to implicate Vladmir Putin’s regimeSimon Jenkins asks where the evidence is to support the allegation that the Russian state was responsible for the poisonings in Wiltshire (
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Ordeal by Atos for sick claimants | Letters 10 Jul 12:58pm Ordeal by Atos for sick claimants | Letters
Sick and disabled claimants are undergoing unnecessary benefits assessments, argues
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Ivory art is elephant in the room for MPs | Letters 10 Jul 12:57pm Ivory art is elephant in the room for MPs | Letters
MPs debating the ivory bill must distinguish between the illegal market and the legitimate sale of significant works of art, says
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Theresa May loses her Johnson but finds her balls | Letters 10 Jul 12:56pm Theresa May loses her Johnson but finds her balls | Letters
Boris Johnson’s resignation | Lord Carrington | Weather | Morris Minor and the Majors | Yesterday’s papersYesterday a mountebank, a man with no obvious qualification for holding public office, resigned (
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Trump’s visit and the souring of a special relationship | Letters 9 Jul 12:58pm Trump’s visit and the souring of a special relationship | Letters
The forthcoming Nato summit and visit of President Trump highlight the UK’s misguided security policy, warns
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Brexit developments – or not | Letters 9 Jul 12:57pm Brexit developments – or not | Letters
Readers respond to the government’s latest Brexit announcement and resignationsYour editorial (
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From trains to buses, we need to rethink UK transport | Letters 9 Jul 12:57pm From trains to buses, we need to rethink UK transport | Letters
Guardian readers respond to recent stories about local bus services and railwaysRenationalisation of the railways is a rightly popular Labour policy. But as Owen Jones points out (
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We need a fairer deal for outsourced staff | Letters 9 Jul 12:55pm We need a fairer deal for outsourced staff | Letters
Representatives of the outsourcing industry call for a new focus on fairness for staff in the awarding of government contractsThe outsourcing industry employs one in 10 of all UK workers, and accounts for around 7% of GDP. As such, it is understandably an area of significant public interest. However, in the wake of the collapse of Carillion, it is clear that a government procurement process focused solely on price cannot continue if the sector is to thrive (
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German girls choose to wear the trousers | Letters 9 Jul 12:55pm German girls choose to wear the trousers | Letters
School uniforms are redundant, says
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Kier Starmer is now Labour’s Gareth Southgate | Brief letters 9 Jul 12:54pm Kier Starmer is now Labour’s Gareth Southgate | Brief letters
Labour leadership | Period shaming | Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas | Morris cars I now see Keir Starmer as the Gareth Southgate equivalent (sensible, balanced, adult) as Labour leader and PM in due course. I wonder what odds the bookies would offer?
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I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper 9 Jul 6:52am I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper
I know the environmental damage they cause, but I don’t have the luxury of a plastic-free life I remember the dawning of my green consciousness: the sudden, painful realisation that products were tested on animals. This was in the early 1970s. I was about 10 years old. A teacher told me that baby powder was put into the eyes of cats and dogs to make sure it was safe. She also said that the plastic container would pollute the Earth. A few years later, as punk sensibility captured my naturally rebellious heart, I immersed myself in the ecological fight. I joined Greenpeace. I wrote letters – even to the pope on his visit to Britain – arguing against the clubbing of baby seals in Canada. This passion has never left me.
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Activists’ role in local Labour | Letters 8 Jul 12:08pm Activists’ role in local Labour | Letters
Thirty Labour councillors say party members should choose local leaders.
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Fly the flag for a nation at peace | Letters 8 Jul 12:07pm Fly the flag for a nation at peace | Letters
Indian cricket supporters cheered on England at football, says
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Froome’s defence makes good sense | Letters 8 Jul 12:07pm Froome’s defence makes good sense | Letters
The cyclist’s account of his use of an anti-asthma drug is not suspicious, says
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Terrible Thameslink needs no inquiry | Brief letters 8 Jul 12:07pm Terrible Thameslink needs no inquiry | Brief letters
Govia Thameslink | School trips | Crossword tribute | Morris MinorsIt’s reassuring to know that the Department for Transport is examining the franchise of Govia Thameslink following the timetable chaos (
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Don’t blame Today for the world’s ills | Letters 8 Jul 12:59am Don’t blame Today for the world’s ills | Letters
Sarah Sands, editor of Today, defends the flagship Radio 4 news programme against accusations that it is losing its wayMiranda Sawyer’s article was a good example of the news challenge of our times (“
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The Guardian view on the cabinet Brexiters: vacuous, dreary and incapable of responsibility | Letters 6 Jul 11:57am The Guardian view on the cabinet Brexiters: vacuous, dreary and incapable of responsibility | Letters
The Chequers cabinet summit underlines the limits of the leaver position. Their revolution is a performance not a serious political projectThe outcome of today’s
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