“It’s not who we are,” says British Gas in response to criticism of its bullying tactics (‘It’s not who we are,’ wails British Gas. Sorry but when you’re using bailiffs to install meters, that’s exactly who you are, 3 February). Oh, yes it is. This is a company with a “bereavement team” that is, in fact, a debt collection agency. Nothing could surprise me now about British Gas.
• In response to Janet Mansfield (Letters, 1 February), as a politics teacher at Loreto sixth-form college in Manchester, I can confirm that John Harris is one of many alumni who have gone on to excel in their careers of choice after having gained places at Oxford, Cambridge and Russell group universities. We are proud of all our students, past and present, at this large, diverse, stated funded college.
• Have China and the US just disproved Winnie-the-Pooh’s dictum that “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” (US secretary of state postpones China visit after spy balloon flies over Montana, 3 February)?
• Could your correspondent whose life is better since Brexit (Letters, 2 February) please tell me where he got his rose-tinted specs from, as my eyes are deceiving me.
• Those worried that biometrics may render their paper passport redundant (March of the robots: how biometric tech could kill off paper passports, 3 February), can rest assured that the document will continue to be essential evidence of identity to enable some of us to exercise our right to vote in local and general elections.