Don’t think twice, it’s only Bob bor­row­ing

The Guardian - - JOURNAL LETTERS - John Murphy Robert Now­ell Dave Lawlan Bar­bara Kelly Mike Pen­der

In Alice O’Keefe’s profile of the poet Hol­lie McNish (17 June), I note that “She was ed­u­cated at the lo­cal com­pre­hen­sive, but went on to Cam­bridge Univer­sity.” Surely the word should be “and”? Car­shal­ton, Sur­rey • In his in­for­ma­tive obit­u­ary of Hel­mut Kohl (17 June), Dan van der Vat writes: “He joined the Hitler Youth, like nearly all male con­tem­po­raries, in­clud­ing Pope Bene­dict XVI.” My un­der­stand­ing is that at the time mem­ber­ship of the Hitler Youth was com­pul­sory. New Bar­net, Hert­ford­shire • Like David Edwards (Let­ters, 13 June), one of the rea­sons I buy the Guardian is for the let­ters page, where read­ers reg­u­larly demon­strate they are light years ahead of the politi­cians and, with a few ex­cep­tions, your colum­nists. Most of the lat­ter have con­trib­uted to the cli­mate of opin­ion that for two years has por­trayed Cor­byn as an un­electable leader of a party that needed to move to­wards the cen­tre to sur­vive. The past week or so has shown them that un­der Cor­byn Labour is a real, vi­able al­ter­na­tive to the state-shrink­ing zealots of the Tory party. Bris­tol • I’m 64. Enough is enough. I’m join­ing Mo­men­tum. Lon­don • I’m sur­prised that Bob Dy­lan’s ap­par­ent pla­gia­rism is con­sid­ered news­wor­thy (It’s al­right ma, I’m only cheat­ing, G2, 15 June). One of the fea­tures of Dy­lan’s out­put from the very be­gin­ning is his “bor­row­ing” from other sources. The Lone­some Death of Hat­tie Car­roll and Only a Pawn in Their Game drew heav­ily from news­pa­per ar­ti­cles, With God on Our Side re­worked Do­minic Be­han’s The Pa­triot Game, and Mo­torp­schyo Nitemare was loosely based on Hitch­cock’s Psy­cho. Dy­lan has de­scribed him­self as a “thief of thoughts” but his gift is the abil­ity to forge di­a­monds from this rough ma­te­rial. Cardiff

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