The law of unintended consequences | Brief letters

Labour | Steve Bell | Biscuits and gardening | MPs’ pay | Language | NHS

Phil Burton-Cartledge asks “Why do the Tories look so invincible?” (8 October). The Guardian’s endless slagging-off of Keir Starmer and Labour might have something to do with it.
Peter Brooker
West Wickham, Kent

• Oh, how I miss my daily dose of Steve Bell. The occasional cartoon only serves to remind me of the irreverent, acerbic, supremely rude wit and artistic genius that readers are missing. I’m sure he’s not past squeezing one out four or five times a week.
Neil Burgess
London

• I was mystified by an article about what to do with leftover biscuits (Waste not, 9 October), but reassured by Alys Fowler’s gardening column advising me that “the best thing you can do for your garden is very little” (Saturday magazine, 9 October). That’s more like it.
Matthew Newman
Leeds

• Peter Bottomley is concerned about MPs’ pay (Politics live with Andrew Sparrow, 7 October)? What’s the solution – maybe a £20-a-week increase?
Patricia Baker-Cassidy
Oxford

• I once asked a student why his brother hadn’t made it to school. “Oh, he’s still in bed, Mr C. He’s well ill,” came his reply. Despite the apparent contradiction, I knew what he meant (Letters, 6 October).
David Cordingley
Lincoln

• Adrian Chiles suggests that we “Ask not what the NHS can do for us … but what can we do for the NHS?” (6 October). A very simple way to give something back is to become a blood donor.
Michael Church
Lincoln

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