A round of applause, the zero-risk gesture | Brief letters

MPs clapping for Volodymyr Zelenskiy | Tory party ethos | Praying for peace | Vladimir Putin | Seventysomethings’ sex lives

The front-page photograph in your print edition (9 March) of Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving a standing ovation in the House of Commons demonstrates a key message learned from coronavirus. Clapping involves much less risk and unpleasantness than actually doing something that makes a difference.
Peter Brooker
West Wickham, Kent

• Your report (Boris Johnson has fended off a leadership challenge … for now, 6 March) quotes a Tory MP: “At the moment, it’s certainly working in our party’s favour.” The whole ethos of the Tory party summed up in 10 words.
Peter Stevens
Farley, Wiltshire

• There is probably no definitive or satisfactory answer to Jenny Haynes’ profound question as to whether praying for peace worked – or, indeed, ever works (Letters, 8 March). But since I can imagine how much worse things might have been, had no prayers been made at all, I’m truly thankful and glad that they were.
Fr Alec Mitchell
Holyhead, Anglesey

• Re changes of names made in the light of Putin’s atrocities (Letters, 8 March), after 14 years answering to the name Vladimir, my cat now only responds to Volodymyr.
Danielle Lowy

• My peaceful morning ruined. Having my quiet cuppa and shortbread biscuit in bed, himself shoves your article in front of me (‘We’re having way better sex than our kids!’ The seventysomethings hitting their kinky, blissed-out peak, 9 March). I barely escaped from under the duvet to run downstairs. And now you’re suggesting morning and noon as well as night. God help me!
Jo Burden
Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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