Ques­tions that can and can’t be asked

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

I was sorry to see re­peated the ca­nard that coun­cils formerly had a “mo­nop­o­lis­tic con­trol of state-run schools” (Ed­i­to­rial, 7 Novem­ber).

The va­ri­ety of coun­cils meant there could never be a mo­nop­oly, coun­cils had long seen their role as sup­port­ive of schools rather than con­trol­ling, and their in­volve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices meant schools were never “state-run”. Lo­cal govern­ment was vis­i­ble and ac­count­able. Can the same be said of trusts?

John Bai­ley

St Al­bans, Hert­ford­shire

In re­sponse to the re­cent re­mainiac pro­pa­ganda let­ters about the

“need” for an­other EU vote (5 and 7 Novem­ber), I would sug­gest that the UK’s re­cent in­tifada – oth­er­wise known as Brexit – is a good ex­am­ple of a grass­roots re­bel­lion cast­ing off un­wel­come for­eign dom­i­na­tion. Surely that is some­thing Guardian read­ers should sym­pa­thise with?

Dr Vin­cent Bar­nett


I still have a thick “util­ity” shirt (Let­ters, 6 Novem­ber) bought in the 40s, which I still wear on oc­ca­sions in re­ally cold weather. It car­ries the trade­mark CC41 and I am will­ing to lend it out for ex­hi­bi­tion pur­poses in re­turn for a small fee.

Rev Barry Parker


Surely the phrase re­lat­ing to stay­ing in one’s nightwear is “can’t be ar­sed”, not “can’t be asked” as in your style fea­ture (Home com­forts, G2, 7 Novem­ber). I was go­ing to write a longer let­ter, but frankly…

Steph White


Well done, Alan Ball, for draw­ing ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion to the overuse of “we” and “us” in head­lines (Let­ters, 7 Novem­ber). I’m sure he speaks for us all.

Phil Rho­den

Low Hab­ber­ley, Worces­ter­shire

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