Time to unlock public libraries | Brief letters

Emily Maitlis | Libraries | Supermarket staff | Tights and Father Ted | Tights and celibacy

After Naga Munchetty’s reprimand for her honest comments on Donald Trump, the BBC’s editorial guardians have now told off Emily Maitlis for her accurate words about Dominic Cummings (BBC swamped with complaints about Newsnight intro on Cummings, 28 May). At a time when standards of honesty and responsibility are being flouted so brazenly by governments on both sides of the Atlantic, it is depressing that the BBC should again be singling out another of its most talented broadcasters for merely being frank.
Peter Grimsdale
Former BBC TV executive, London

• Can I add libraries to the list of places that could open soon (Letters, 26 May)? Handled books could be quarantined, or people could order a book online and collect it, with a safe system for its return. Libraries are very important to many people.
Patricia Pipe
Saltash, Cornwall

• Having worked in retail for almost 40 years, I appreciated your illuminating article (‘People were like animals!’ How supermarket staff watched the coronavirus crisis unfold, 26 May). I hope that the recent positive change in some people’s attitudes towards my “menial” role isn’t a temporary phenomenon.
Claire Latham
Sandwich, Kent

• Fr Martin Riley (Letters, 28 May) could always go and buy some tights, but first it might be advisable to watch the episode of Father Ted in which a group of Catholic priests are stuck in a lingerie department.
David Garner
Southport, Merseyside

• Tights are in fact quite a good way of reinforcing a life of celibacy, once you’ve managed to get them on.
Ian Grieve
Steyning, West Sussex

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