Yet another spiffing gaffe from Johnson | Brief letters

Boris Johnson | Period poverty | Jewish theatre | Skinny jeans | Cheltenham race card

What a spiffing fellow Boris Johnson is. I was left spitting and spluttering after reading his latest stupendous, stupid, statement (‘Stop spaffing money on historic abuse cases,’ says Johnson, 14 March). Not only does it entirely ignore the feelings of people who may have suffered sexual abuse, he seems to have forgotten how much money he “spaffed” on useless water cannon and a garden bridge in London. He should at least make some recompense from his own pocket for the money squandered.
Celia Coram
Hackney, London

• One cheer for the chancellor’s move (Hammond to promise funds to end period poverty in English schools, 9 March). To qualify for the other two cheers, remove the underlying problem: ensure that no household is so poor that women and girls cannot afford to buy sanitary protection, and exempt all these products from VAT.
Katy Jennison
Witney, Oxfordshire

• A discussion of British Jewish theatre (‘We’ve been ashamed of our voice’, G2, 13 March) and no mention of Jack Rosenthal, who wrote episodes for mainstream TV series and overtly Jewish plays – Bar Mitzvah Boy, The Evacuees – some of which became musicals? A pity.
Pauline Strong

• My hopes were raised when I saw the headline “Has Zidane killed off skinny jeans?” (G2, 13 March). Alas, the fashion police said no.
Mary Glazier
Broughton, Flintshire

• Nice to see a full racing card for Cheltenham in Wednesday’s Guardian. Just like the good old days.
Bob Lamb

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