Did Dacre miss the point of Ib­sen’s play?

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Paul Dacre thinks his crit­ics missed the point that his phrase “en­e­mies of the peo­ple” re­ferred to Ib­sen’s play (De­part­ing Dacre lashes out for one fi­nal time, 5 Novem­ber). Well, yes, we got it but I’m not sure that he un­der­stood it him­self. Stock­mann, the epony­mous Enemy of the Peo­ple, was so branded be­cause as an hon­est and eth­i­cal man he in­sisted on speak­ing truths that oth­ers did not wish to hear. Like the judges in fact. An­gela Bar­ton

Bishop’s Stort­ford, Hert­ford­shire

• Not so fast with your den­i­gra­tion, Ian Jack (‘Good­bye to all that’, 3 Novem­ber). The Aven­tra train was de­signed and is built by Bom­bardier in Derby. Full marks to for­mer project di­rec­tor Jon Shaw and his col­leagues for con­vinc­ing the Cana­dian par­ent com­pany to back Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing prow­ess at a time when the Derby site was down on its up­pers. James Ab­bott

Edi­tor, Mod­ern Rail­ways

• So Matt Han­cock wants us to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our own health (Re­port, 5 Novem­ber). Is this the start of a new govern­ment strat­egy that will see Damian Hinds urg­ing us to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our own ed­u­ca­tion and Gavin Wil­liamson sug­gest­ing we take care of our own de­fence? Ge­orge Steel

Liver­pool

• You say that EU of­fi­cials think there’s a 50-50 chance of strik­ing a Brexit deal (Re­port, 5 Novem­ber). Shouldn’t they have said 48-52? Bob Mor­timer

Louth, Lin­colnshire

• “Flu jab may save your life, if you can get one” (Let­ters, 5 Novem­ber). I have got a life – so pre­sum­ably I can now get a flu jab to pos­si­bly save it? Do­minic Rice

Sh­effield

• As long as it’s not Mar­garet Thatcher, I couldn’t give a monkey’s who fea­tures on the new £50 note (Let­ters, 5 Novem­ber). Gary Ben­nett

Ex­eter

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