Cleverly criticises China for arresting journalists – but what about Britain? | Brief letters

Press freedom | Dry December | Mpox | Declining Christianity | Antidisestablishmentarianism | PPE contracts

Double standards? “Journalists must be able to do their job without intimidation,” James Cleverly tweeted after the arrest of a BBC journalist in China. Five days earlier, you reported that senior UK police officers had ordered the potentially unlawful arrests of journalists at Just Stop Oil protests (23 November).
Richard Taylor
York

• I recommend a dry December. You avoid making a fool of yourself at the office party, and can claim the moral high ground by being a regular designated driver. By Christmas Eve, your wallet, palate and liver are in fighting form to tackle festive overindulgence.
Paul Whitby
Market Lavington, Wiltshire

• Re monkeypox being renamed mpox (Report, 28 November), surely it is the word “pox” that is stigmatising, and has been since Shakespearean times?
John Davies
Flitwick, Bedfordshire

• Those “plunging figures” for Christianity (Calls grow to disestablish Church of England as Christians become minority, 30 November) might have been lower still were it not for the often temporary Christians hoping to get their offspring into a faith school.
Bill Bradbury
Bolton, Greater Manchester

• At last! I’ve waited decades to get the chance to use the big word. Now there is bound to be a wave of antidisestablishmentarianism.
Adrian Greeman
Tooting, London

• On the subject of PPE contracts: never was so much (money) given by so many to so few.
Pauline Wyman
Oxford

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