Speed, bonnie boat, to curb excess tourism | Brief letters

Breastfeeding statue | Glen Campbell’s ‘tosser’ | Frank Field letters | Tony Blair as a young Trot | Codeword | Skye bridge

Further to Paul Faupel’s letter (9 August) suggesting erecting a monument to breastfeeding in central London, there is such a statue celebrating motherhood with a woman suckling her baby in full public view. It is on the Buckingham Palace side of the Victoria Memorial. I estimate that it’s more than twice life size and has been there for over a hundred years. I’ve never heard anyone complain.
Peter Walmsley
Kingsbridge, Devon

• I found Michael Hann’s analysis of By the Time I Get to Phoenix, in his piece about Glen Campbell (An everyman who defined US manhood, 9 August), really interesting but have never considered Jimmy Webb’s protagonist a “tosser”; rather, someone who just can’t bear to tell her, directly, or else holds greater faith in the written word.
Anthony Webb
Greenhithe, Kent

• Has Frank Field MP (Letters, 11 July, 17 July, 4 August and 11 August) taken over the title of “most frequent letter writer to the Guardian” from Keith Flett?
David Hughes
Hayes, Kent

• Tony Blair first mentioned that he had looked at Isaac Deutscher’s Trotsky biography (I was a young Trot, says Blair – but not for long, 11 August) at a World Book Day event in 2006. Earlier, in 1991, he had referenced Lenin, Marx and the Webbs in a Marxism Today article. His purpose in doing so was not of course to suggest that people should read them but to underline that their ideas have no relevance in the modern world. Not all will agree.
Keith Flett

• You now have (at least) two letters asking for a two-letter codeword on Saturdays (Letters, 9 August).
Jane Duffield-Bish
Hethersett, Norfolk

• The answer to excess tourism (Skye’s hit its limit, say locals as tourism booms, 10 August) seems fairly obvious. Close the bridge and reinstate the ferry full time.
Paul Palompo 
Lerwick, Shetland


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