Smooth passage for swallowed Lego | Brief letters

Brexit TV debate | Licence fee | Teaching children poetry | Swallowing lego

So, Theresa May is to argue with Jeremy Corbyn on TV (Report, 28 November), with no other voices to be heard. A Labour Brexiter arguing with a Tory Brexiter will lead to meaningless point-scoring. How can this meet the requirement for political balance in such programmes?
Frank Roper
Weymouth, Dorset

• Unlike Penelope Woolfitt (Letters, 27 November), I found it easy paying the BBC licence fee after I reached 75. I had a direct debit and allowed it to continue. As far as I am aware, they have no idea how old I am.
Barry Hughes
Edinburgh

• Michael Rosen is quite right about the baleful effects of using poetry in “assessing” young children (Education, 27 November). Dickens warned us about the Gradgrind mentality in education as far back as 1854 in Hard Times – “Girl number twenty unable to define a horse!”. Children do not grow by being weighed.
Martin Datta
Lincoln

• Fascinating to read how Lego can survive human digestive transit (Report, 28 November). I can add to this important research in that the transit time in a jack russell terrier is eight to 10 hours. The Lego piece will be intact and can be used again after a wash. If it is a head, the expression will be unchanged.
Adam Keys
Seaford, East Sussex

• Thirty-five years ago our two-year-old son swallowed a piece of Lego in his search for knowledge. An anxious two-day wait resulted in its safe return. Amazingly, it had been bleached white. Body acids or one for the scientists?
Bob Hargreaves
Bury, Greater Manchester

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