Letters, emails, comments
I am also depressed about the planet (Every Cloud…, 4 November), but I endorse the suggestion to “take realworld action”. A pessimist is someone who is depressed about the world and does nothing; an optimist is someone who is depressed about the world, and does something. Decide your important issues, live ethically and remember your actions will affect future generations more than you. Rose Harvie
Dumbarton Is Tinder the ultimate Thatcherite free-market legacy (Do You Come Here Often, 4 November)? You can shop around for the best deal, and profiles display career and education, so you can avoid ghastly failures of men who still use a bus in their 30s. But more choice does not mean more quality. I’d love to hear about readers who recently met a partner in real life. Now that would be unusual. Theo Morgan
An online dater says, “I wish people would be more honest” before admitting she’s knocked three years off her age. This type of selective honesty is one reason I gave it up. Jefrey G Pirie
Hadley Freeman is back with a bang (4 November). I agree with her view, but you have to remember there are passive, gentle beings who work very hard, and they are men.
Mark Gillan By email I’m usually happy to see my 13-yearold son flicking through Weekend, but not so last week. What would Hadley Freeman like my kind, thoughtful boy to feel upon reading her negative generalisations about his gender?
Beverley Duncan By email
The man in the 4 November My Life In Sex has every right to buy and wear women’s underwear, but to “let the sales ladies know” he is shopping for himself and to “smile and wink as if to say, ‘I am enjoying this even if you aren’t’”, is sexual harassment. Julie Myerson
Tanya Gold’s 28 October column referred to two factual inaccuracies in Michael Gove’s statement on Cornish pasties. She said: “Cornish people do not eat Ginsters pasties. There is no mince in a Cornish pasty; it is steak.” Ironically, her corrections were themselves factually incorrect. The Cornish pasty’s EU protection permits the use of minced beef, and Ginsters sells pasties throughout the UK, including Cornwall.
Cornish Pasty Association, Truro
There are many ways to sum up Lincoln (Let’s Move To…, 28 October), but bearing in mind its pivotal role in medieval antisemitism, perhaps a “city with chutzpah” might not be the first description to come to mind. Ruth Bright
Government economist Edwin awards Courtney 7.6/10 (Blind Date, 4 November). Enough said.