Remembering the Indy and C&A | Letters

The Independent | Asa Briggs | English National Opera | C&A | Selfish gene

All thinking people will agree that the print world is a poorer place without what you call the “class act” of the Independent (Editorial, 26 March). It simply doesn’t suffice to “regret its fate” as you say and move on. If Facebook, a triumph of ephemera, has made a killing out of the changes in the print ecosystem, surely a way can be found to channel an iota of its $18bn revenues into preserving the best of the Indy’s print product? The Guardian, as its closest soulmate, should blaze the trail by offering to step into the breach once the funding is guaranteed, and so answer the question “Are you… next?” with a resounding “No”.
Benedict Birnberg

• Asa Briggs (Obituary, 19 March) sounded like a female name to me as an undergraduate in the 1980s. I loved “her” books and was sad to give up my heroine worship when my tutor Gerry Kearns broke the news to me that Briggs was male. Maybe that explains my fond tolerance for my students who write about Michelle Foucault.
Professor Sally Sheard

• Looking at the situation of ENO (Music director of embattled English National Opera resigns, 23 March) from across the border, the most obvious question is this: how can a “national” opera company sit in an expensive base in the capital rather than tour the nation it purports to represent?
Anne Cowper

• In answer to Nils Pratley’s question “Does anybody miss C&A?” (24 March), I still miss the chain’s shops in the UK, where I could get smart, simple clothes that fitted (8 stone, 5 foot 2 inches). When visiting my son in France, I always pop into Lille C&A. Finding clothes I like in the UK is extremely difficult.
Veronica Hardstaff

• It wasn’t Richard Dawkins who wanted the last word (Letters, 28 March); it was his selfish gene.
Richard Walker

• Join the debate – email


The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Fleet Street will be a sadder place without the Indy | Letters
Letters: Any reduction in the plurality of the press leaves the field open to proprietors with the deepest pockets or the biggest axe to grind


14, Feb, 2016 @7:43 PM

Article image
Can a digital-only Indy keep its quality?
The i newspaper will have to flourish under new ownership without its strong Indy links

Roy Greenslade

14, Feb, 2016 @6:20 PM

Article image
Tracey and Mary and rolling stones | Letters
Brief letters: Tracey Emin | VW cars | Richard Dawkins


25, Mar, 2016 @5:53 PM

Article image
Media Monkey’s Diary: Indy editor hails Spectator, Times’s Pope gaffe
Read Media Monkey’s Diary from the Monday print pages


16, Aug, 2015 @6:00 PM

Article image
Paschal placebos and other Easter surprises | Letters
Brief letters: Acupuncture | Chocolate leftovers | Hot cross buns | Rolling Stones | Richard Dawkins | Edith Pierce


27, Mar, 2016 @5:04 PM

Article image
Independent redundancies extended

8am: Up to 15 extra staff will be taking voluntary redundancy at the Independent titles. By Stephen Brook.

Stephen Brook, press correspondent

15, Mar, 2007 @7:42 AM

Article image
A tip for Trump and a search for tropes | Brief letters
Brief letters: The Great Hedge of India | The illiberal elite | Word origins | Memes | English national costume | Brian Clough’s political stand | Robert Vaughn, super fly guy


16, Nov, 2016 @7:00 PM

Indy website to relaunch late after technical hitches

The Independent's website is to relaunch imminently with new features including improved search, navigation and more video. By Jemima Kiss

Jemima Kiss

14, Dec, 2007 @7:19 AM

Indy freelances back strike

4.15pm: Freelance journalists at the Independent have voted to support the pay strike on Wednesday. By Stephen Brook.

Stephen Brook, press and publishing correspondent

20, Mar, 2006 @8:29 AM

Independent drops motoring pullout days before relaunch

The Independent has dropped its motoring pullout just ahead of a planned relaunch. By Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook, press correspondent

14, Jan, 2008 @3:03 PM