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SIR – THERE WAS not anything unsuitable with the Prime Minister’s outside birthday party. It used to be a danger to nobody. the issue used to be the nonsensical laws.

At that time there has been no evidence that lockdown was once efficient at preventing transmission. Sage refused to post the evidence it was basing its advice on.

THERE HAS BEEN too much “team assume” and not sufficient debate. The PM’s foolishness was now not wondering the evidence. there have been many experts being vilified on the time who were wondering lockdown.

The PM did not always call it right on the big selections.

That’s why he should pass.

P L Sanderson FRCS
Hexham, Northumberland


SIR – Whatever your opinion of Boris Johnson, no leader within the global has managed the Covid situation neatly. What a hand to be dealt as the new Prime Minister: Brexit, a common election, catching Covid and just about dying, getting married, two more kids and incompetent workforce. Not due to the fact that Churchill in the warfare has the rustic confronted one of these problem as Covid.

Supply Mr Johnson a break. Who else could have controlled the nightmare?

Alan Bell
Bookham, Surrey


SIR – What considerations me is that Britain needs strong leadership and powerful direction and all ministers will have to now be major their departments forward. But I see no insurance policies, no plans – simply fruitless raking over the coals of events in place of dealing with matters like energy policy, commercial strategy, MoD incompetence, inflation and many other strategic priorities.

we can easily lose months vacillating whilst the remainder of the world is shifting on and setting agendas at this massively critical time. Let’s change the management and transfer on besides.

Tony Brook
Malvern, Worcestershire


SIR – In my place of business, many moons in the past, one in all probably the most efficient hours of the day was once whilst the partners met for a drink after close of business, to speak over the day, its issues and successes.

we’d now not have described this as a celebration. It was a industry gathering of people who had spent the day already giving one another germs. i feel that it would had been allowed under 2020 lockdown laws.

I counsel that the frenzied pack must clarify the that means of the word birthday party.

Simon Wood
Brockfield, North Yorkshire


SIR – “Carrie Johnson broke Covid rules”. Smartly, our Yorkshire village backwater could were teeming with police every day if we’d all started snitching on one another for every little infringement.

I’ve gone from surprise and outrage to sympathy now, and that i don’t even like what i do know of Carrie Johnson.

Jill Pick
Driffield, East Yorkshire


Boris Johnson in his office at Number 10 Downing Street Boris Johnson in his administrative center at 10 Downing Boulevard on December 23 2020 Credit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St

SIR – The photograph you revealed on Saturday appearing Boris Johnson lounging in his place of business says all of it. It displays our Prime Minister carelessly stress-free amid chaos and squalor. It presentations him as shameless yet shameful.

Catherine Castree
Fetcham, Surrey


SIR – The revelations about a couple of parties do indeed reveal a disquieting stage of conceitedness on the part of the members, but in addition screen the depth of the opposite schedule of these in charge of doing the leaking.

I do not imagine the leaks were revealed solely as a result of “the general public needs to know”, however are far more most likely the work of anti-Brexit varieties still embedded in No 10’s personnel. They indubitably agree with the sentiment that “if Boris is going, so does Brexit”.

Douglas M Jacobs
Highworth, Wiltshire


SIR – As Mr Johnson contemplates his next step, he must bear in mind that his massive majority was a results of things, namely the fact that the rustic was uninterested with the Brexit situation and simply sought after it sorted and, even more importantly, it used to be a call between him and Jeremy Corbyn.

That May Be no longer the selection we can face in the long term. Whoever ends up top the Conservatives into the following election will do neatly to remember that.

Vivien Parsons
Crawley Down, West Sussex


SIR – After Boris Johnson we want a true Tory, anyone who has shown that idea issues greater than occupation. Douglas Ross and Lord Frost come to mind.

Francis Bown
London E3


SIR  – AFTER ALL the PM is very sorry. He is very sorry that he has been stuck.

David Walters
Corbridge, Northumberland


SIR – Delivering Champagne to Downing Street has a protracted tradition.

In March 1806, Coutts Financial Institution wrote to the newly appointed Prime Minister Lord Grenville, undoubtedly certainly one of essentially the most sober of English politicians, to tell him of the arrival with them of a consignment of wine from Ruinart in Rheims and Barton et Guestier in Bordeaux. He spoke back with directions to ship it to Downing Street and debit his account.

Min Wood
Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire


Gardiner’s international

SIR – Seeing That studying your file of the actions of the alleged Chinese agent Christine Lee, I Am assailed with unanswered questions.

1. since the beneficiary of her considerable largesse seems to were the same Dr Barry Gardiner, a Labour MP, who ceaselessly crammed our television screens throughout the Brexit years spouting streams of pious, lengthy-winded anti-democratic piffle, what was it approximately him that made her assume he can be price lavishing more than half a million kilos on?

2. What on earth did he think the cash given to his place of business was for?

3. Why, as mentioned in your document, does he claim to have been “liaising with the protection Products And Services over a bunch of years” if it came as information to him that she used to be as much as no good?

4. Is it stretching credulity too a long way to finish that he was a ingenious and professional agent of the protection Services playing a double recreation heroically entrapping a dangerous foreign agent? during which case, he deserves a knighthood. it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if he ever gets one.

5. on the different hand, in preference to the Palace, must we be fascinated by the Tower?

Peter FitzGerald
South Queensferry, West Lothian


Easiest after

SIR – Whilst milk begins to turn (Letters, January 13), then it’s time to make scones.

Bitter milk makes the best scones ever.

Liz Appleby
Alnwick, Northumberland


What precisely is woke?

SIR – At a contemporary Covid-compliant banquet, we sat around the table and tried to define woke.

We didn’t glue our fingers to the table or break the crockery to make our issues. By Way Of the tip of the evening, all of us six had did not agree upon a definition.

Do any readers have a definition that we can discuss once we subsequent meet?

Tony Scofield
Glastonbury, Somerset


Admirals all

SIR – I Am reasonably at a loss for words that the Duke of York used to be promoted Vice Admiral “in line together with his nonetheless-serving friends, on his 55th birthday”. I FEEL that his energetic provider had stopped whilst he was a Commander (corresponding to Lieutenant Colonel within the Military).

Whilst I reached my fifty fifth birthday, i was now not promoted however was pressured to retire in line with the regulations. Is there a different rule for the Royal Military on this regard, or does it observe an old Italian custom of honorary promotion on retirement? in spite of everything, an Italian who can call himself Basic has a lot more kudos than a trifling Colonel.

Colonel Philip Barry (retd)
Lydden, Kent


Barricaded banks

SIR – You record that customers are shunning banks, that may be, now not traveling branches.

From my revel in the boot is at the different foot, as all the way through lockdown, and for long after, banks lowered their commencing hours to nearly not anything.

more than once i tried to go to my branch simplest to find it firmly shut, and now loss of footfall is given as an excuse for last the branch entirely.

Ann Cooper
Stroud, Gloucestershire


Everyone needs a Willy

SIR – The arbitrary renaming of characters in older youngsters’s books (Letters, January 13) continues to baffle. At The Same Time As Enid Blyton’s Fanny and Dick became Franny and Rick, Aunt Fanny Within The Well-Known Five retains her identify – for how for much longer, one wonders? Yet the biggest comic story of all, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, remains in plain sight.

Philip Womack
London NW1


Good considering

SIR – in accordance with smart motorways and good meters, I conclude that anything else defined as good more than likely isn’t.

Richard Dalgleish
Kingsclere, Berkshire


Eric Gill did unhealthy things and produced just right artwork

Gill’s Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety on Broadcasting House Gill’s Ariel among Knowledge and Gaiety (who has stolen his pipe) on Broadcasting Area Credit Score: Angelo Hornak / Alamy

SIR – With the attack on Eric Gill’s sculpture above the doorway to Broadcasting House, a few establishments are stated to be reviewing the show of his works, on account of his private conduct. this is in step with the zeitgeist however is obviously barmy.

Why are we able to now not get pleasure from good stuff performed by means of dangerous other folks? Alternatively horrific Gill’s behaviour, he was a very gifted artist. I concern many extensively favored artists could fail to meet the behavioural standards which society desires. Caravaggio was once probably a assassin. In her biography of her notoriously misogynistic grandfather, Picasso’s granddaughter wrote that he handled ladies badly: “after they have been bled dry, he would cast off them.”

Must we throw the entire Caravaggios and Picassos at the fireplace?

Paul Goodson
Plaxtol, Kent


SIR – within the light of the decision by means of the chapter of Guildford Cathedral to check its sculpture by way of Eric Gill, must I concern that my pc might denounce me if I print this letter within the Gill Sans typeface?

Charles Dowell


SIR – I counsel statues created by way of Eric Gill will need to have a visible plaque local with both Romans THREE:23 (“All have sinned, and come wanting the honor of God”) or John EIGHT:7 (“He that is without sin amongst you, allow him first forged a stone.”)

Rev Cindy Kent
Barnet, Hertfordshire


The bubble car that rolled at the lawn

SIR – when we had been children my father wanted something to cart the lawn clippings in, and he felt we should always learn to pressure. So he bought a Heinkel bubble car (Letters, January 15).

He adapted the again through hanging on a flatbed for the clippings. We learnt to drive it and had fun filling it with as many friends as possible and riding in ever reducing circles on the garden until it fell over. It used to be so gentle shall we bounce it again up and begin once more.

it eventually died and we got a Messerschmitt.

Delia Madden
London SW8


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