I see that Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks that the Queen should suspend parliament if a no-deal is ruled out (Report, 23 January). When Charles I tried this, did it not result in rather more than a lack of social cohesion?
Peel, Isle of Man
• I am grieved to hear that Diana Athill has died (Obituary, 25 January) I wrote to her twice and got replies by return of post in her beautiful handwriting. Reading her book Yesterday Morning, I told her that “it came to me that this book is making me happy”. She replied that “I don’t think I’ve ever received a message about a book so pleasing as yours. It made me very happy to read that, I assure you.” A great talent and a delightful person. She will be much missed.
• Perhaps the Sun would be happier if metal bands took to using Comic Sans (Labour MP sues Sun over Nazi imagery allegations, 24 January)? And does this mean that no MP can ever listen to Motörhead for fear of being associated with Lemmy’s preferences for vintage clothing?
• My mother regularly used her spit-dampened handkerchief to remove grubby marks on my face when I was a child (Letters, 22 January). On one occasion she intentionally rubbed too hard and knocked out a wobbly milk tooth that had been annoying her for several days. “There,” she said, “that was easy, wasn’t it?”
• If you’re considered too old to be driving a car, get yourself a narrowboat (Letters, 24 January). From what I’ve seen, there’s no age limit whatsoever to steering large steel vehicles at each other very slowly, so long as you wave politely just before impact.
Gordon Bennett, Llangollen canal
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