When is someone going to notice that gang violence only occurs where there is acute poverty (Police ‘have lost control of the streets’, 6 April)? Or is that too big a political hot potato for our lords and masters?
• Martin Kettle (Britain is closer to Ireland than ever. We must not forget why, 5 April) forgets to mention the wonderful Mo Mowlam, without whose warm and eminently engaging personality it may be doubted if Blair would ever have been in a position to claim her credit.
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• In October 1990 QPR played Peterborough United in a cup game. We repeatedly heard midfield genius Ray Wilkins instruct defenders to “isolate him”. This was the first time we had ever heard a footballer use a word containing more than two syllables (Obituary, 5 April).
• In suggesting (Letters, 5 April) that the Guardian should print photographs of newborn lambs only if accompanied by pictures of “what happens to them next”, Elizabeth Hill may consider the effect on cookery articles showing culinary creations if there needs to be photographs of how that same food will look post-digestion.
• Easter bunnies are no better off. Guns, gassing, disgusting diseases, roadkill and natural predation take a horrible toll. It really isn’t nice out there at all.
• By reducing the size of the quick crossword (Letters, 4 April), and possibly the sudoku, we could have a return of kakuro at least one day a week. After all, it is superior to sudoku.
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