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Looking down from the tower of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin on to All Saints College, Oxford - Ashley Cooper

Trying down from the tower of the College Church of St Mary the Virgin on to All Saints Faculty, Oxford – Ashley Cooper

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A failed Brexit

SIR – Parliament, having been handed again sovereign management by the individuals within the Brexit vote, has turned out to be incapable of exercising it (Leading Article, May 18).

Our MPs appear unable to wean themselves off diktats from Brussels, and after they have launched new legal guidelines or rules – resembling on immigration – our scenario has solely grow to be worse. We must always acknowledge that Brexit has failed due to incompetent politicians and the resistance of the Blob. We’ve got misplaced the flexibility to control, and proved ourselves unworthy of sovereign management over our legal guidelines.

Michael Coombs
Beckenham, Kent

Weight problems time bomb

SIR – Professor Peter Kopelman, my late cousin, and his colleagues warned of the hazards of weight problems to the nation’s well being (report, May 18) over a few years. Certainly, Peter was interviewed on the topic for the Telegraph by one Boris Johnson (“Food plan Physician says dangerous consuming habits pose critical threat to nation’s well being”, report, June 2 1997).

Mr Johnson practically died throughout the Covid pandemic and admitted that his weight was a contributory issue to his near-demise. Why have successive British governments largely didn’t act on the recommendation of well being professionals?

Stephen Jones
London SE1

At present’s listener losses

SIR – It’s no shock that the At present programme is dropping listeners (report, May 18), as its remedy of presidency politicians is formulaic and unenlightening.

First a presenter will hector a minister, typically about one thing not inside his or her remit. The minister will reply by parroting that day’s Downing Road briefing, preceded by: “I believe what the general public need to know…” And so the “dialogue” continues, till they run out of time.

Simply as soon as I want to hear a minister say, “I don’t know – that’s not in my departmental accountability”, however the presenter would inevitably retort: “You could have been within the Cupboard assembly…”

Higher, extra considerate presenters would possibly simply elicit info of public curiosity, however they’d then need to forego a “gotcha” second.

Robert Britnell
Canterbury, Kent

SIR – Good diction is all that’s wanted to right At present. Sadly, with a couple of exceptions, we not hear it.

Sue Mason
Lengthy Sutton, Lincolnshire

Champion spenders

SIR – Manchester Metropolis’s pleasure is sporting integrity’s distress (“Guardiola tells players they should dare to dream”, Sport, May 18).

In case you are not depressed on the prospect of this group buying the European Champions League trophy after 15 seasons of merely making an attempt to purchase it, you don’t actually love sport, by no means thoughts soccer.

Mark Boyle
Johnstone, Renfrewshire

Endlessly Middlesex

SIR – I, and all my ancestors, had been born in Middlesex (report, May 17). When giving my tackle I all the time write my postcode for Harrow, adopted by Middlesex. We is not going to disappear as Wessex has.

Veronica Leon
Harrow, Middlesex

Studying by phonics

SIR – After studying the heading above Nick Gibb’s article (Comment, May 17), I needed to search for the that means of “phonics”. Then I realised it was how I used to be taught to learn a few years in the past.

There isn’t any extra logical approach begin studying than to study the sound of every letter of the alphabet. I can not perceive how any trainer might imagine in a different way. The identical applies to maths: you can’t begin instructing arithmetic till the pupil is aware of what the numbers nought to 9 are.

Educating any elementary topic should start with the fundamentals. To start out in the midst of the course is each foolish and detrimental to the pupil.

Peter Mountain
Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Prostate most cancers exams

SIR – I used to be alarmed by your report (May 18), “Prostate exams ‘ought to simply be for males with signs’”.

Once I was recognized with prostate most cancers in 2015, I used to be asymptomatic. The marketing consultant advised me that if I had not had common PSA exams and waited till I had signs, I might have died. I do know from two prostate most cancers assist teams that many different asymptomatic males have been advised the identical factor.

Bob Ferris
Banstead, Surrey

Backyard bandits

SIR – The issue in my backyard will not be foxes (Letters, May 17) however badgers. Lately I’ve waged a dropping battle to cease them consuming my corn on the cob. What is especially irritating is that they wait till it’s completely ripe earlier than tucking in. I’ll strengthen my barricade, however with little hope.

The scenario has grown extra critical as a result of this 12 months the badgers have additionally determined to dig up a few of my newly planted potatoes.

Andrew Don
Bradley, Hampshire

SIR – The tales of accumulating lion dung to repel backyard pests (Letters, May 18) introduced again recollections of my childhood in Margate, and the time I used to be despatched on my go-kart to Tivoli Park whereas the circus was on the town.

The journey dwelling – towing the go-kart piled excessive with 10-pin bowling ball-sized elephant droppings – was slower, and fraught with spillages and reloads. However my Grandad’s vegetable harvest was apparently one of the best ever the next season.

Kevin Henley
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

The kindness of strangers on Canadian roads

A moose and calf cross Spray Lakes Road in the Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada - alamy

A moose and calf cross Spray Lakes Highway within the Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada – alamy

SIR – When driving throughout the Rockies (Letters, May 17), we stopped at a street junction to seek the advice of the map.

One after the other, automobiles drew up behind us and waited. Nobody hooted or flashed their lights. All we might do after we moved on was decrease our home windows and provides them an enormous wave.

Richard Fagan
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

SIR – We’ve got all the time been impressed by the friendliness of Canadians. Once I requested somebody about this he mentioned their tiny inhabitants occupies an space bigger than america: “We’re unfold so skinny that when you stumble upon one other human you simply need to discuss to them.”

Julian Tope
Portishead, Somerset

SIR – Queuing for a meal at a restaurant in Florida with my son who has Down’s syndrome, individuals within the queue began to grow to be all in favour of him.

By the point we had reached the highest of the road we had been furnished with so many vouchers for meals that we paid just for our comfortable drinks.

Moreover, the younger waiter tied balloons to my son’s seat, and gave him particular place mats and napkins and lollipops.

He knowledgeable me he had a brother “like your son”, and wished to make the go to particular for him. The kindness of American strangers made this a night we’ll all the time keep in mind.

Gaile Morton

Defence concerns in British power coverage

SIR – To Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s wonderful survey of future power sources (Business, May 17), I might add one important consideration: the vulnerability of offshore installations.

It’s just about unimaginable to ensure their endurance in warfare. This should be taken under consideration when growing Britain’s power technique. The survival potential of dispersed, self-contained, small nuclear reactors shouldn’t be missed, particularly if they’re hardened towards assault.

Air Commodore Michael Allisstone
Chichester, West Sussex

SIR – Like Philip Wilson-Sharp (Letters, May 12), I struggled to search out somebody to restore my photo voltaic thermal water-heating system. One provider, after two makes an attempt, abruptly refused to return.

One other firm failed to repair it, and it nonetheless lies idle. This price has been appreciable and I’m now resigned to utilizing the immersion heater till I can summon the inclination and the funds to have one other go at discovering assist.

Tim Tayler

SIR – My newest invoice got here with the closing sentiment: “Love and energy, The Octopus Power group”. What subsequent – hugs and kisses from HMRC?

Patrick Tracey
Carlisle, Cumbria

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