Following the resounding Labour vote that Polly Toynbee predicts will see off a hard Brexit, what are the chances of UK citizens in Northern Ireland being able to vote for the party that’s going to save them from a hard border (The roadblock hard Brexiteers can’t drive around: Ireland, 12 February)? More than 2,000 members and supporters of the Labour party here are increasingly frustrated by Labour’s refusal to stand candidates here.
Newcastle, Co Down
• The Japanese ambassador’s warning about the impact of Brexit on Japan’s carmakers in the UK, especially in the north-east and the Midlands, is timely and alarming (Report, 9 February). But what does it say for British industry that this hugely important sector of the UK’s manufacturing is no longer UK-owned in the first place?
Labour, House of Lords
• Despite being an undergraduate at Cambridge (1960-63), I have never heard of the Ladies Bathing Place on the Cam (Letters, 13 February). But when I moved to Oxford in 1969 I discovered that there had been one known as Dames’ Delight. A male bathing place, known as Parson’s Pleasure, was still in use and punts had to decant young ladies who walked around it before rejoining the punt.
King’s Lynn, Norfolk
• Anyone who thinks they are eating plant food if they eat Quorn – or any other fungus or mushroom product – needs to think again (G2, 13 February). Fungi are not plants or vegetables: they are a separate kingdom of life, and are generally believed to be more closely related to animals than plants.
• When a student in Liverpool in 1966, I got the pill from a communist doctor, no questions asked (Letters, 14 February). I have often wondered if this was part of the trench warfare against the Roman Catholics.
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