Have the Tories found the magic money tree or could it be something to do with Labour being ahead in the polls (Damian Hinds pledging money for overstretched education; and Hancock promises £487m for NHS technology, both 21 July). Snap election round the corner?
• Eyewitnessed (21 July) refers to an area of Syria “supportive of the Damascus regime”. Wouldn’t it be both shorter and less tendentious to put “supportive of the government”?
Washington, West Sussex• Re the letter from Liz Bebington (20 July): how about Colin in a wheelchair in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s wonderful children’s book The Secret Garden, published as long ago as 1911?
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire• I was born in Birkenhead on the Wirral peninsula (Letters, 21 July). When I was a lad, I was told that the Wirral was so called, because, on bank holidays, “the intellectuals” on the left bank (Liverpool) would ask one another, “Wirral we go t’day?”.
Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire• It’s split 50:50 (Letters, 21 July): 50% of Guardian letters’ readers were Morrris minor owners. The other half wished we had been; for the craic.
Siobhán Ní Chuanaigh
Dublin• Perhaps the unkindest cut to bus services is loss of Sunday and bank holiday services to the Crich tramway museum in Derbyshire (Letters, 21 July).
Rev Canon Cllr Steve Parish