Your report (11 November) on the measures taken by the Ministry of Justice to protect staff from the behaviour of their returning boss, Dominic Raab, quotes a source as saying he “makes no apologies for having high standards”. Lest we forget, this is a man who, as Brexit secretary, hadn’t realised the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing to British trade – something that any key stage 3 pupil might be expected to know.
Dr Chris Howell
Newcastle upon Tyne
• High standards? Would those be the high standards Dominic Raab employed as foreign secretary while lying on a Greek beach during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021?
• Regarding the correspondence on accents (Letters, 11 November), when I had a stall in Barnstaple Pannier Market a customer told me that he used to buy “heron” there. I was amazed by this, and only later realised that he meant “herring”.
• In a pub near Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London, I was asked to buy a ham sandwich with the next round. The barman said “Mastodon?” and the person who it was for shouted “Mastodon”. The sandwich was presented with the ham spread with mustard.
• The case for the Oxford comma was clearly made by one sentence in your report (10 November): “There were four choices of sandwiches – sausage, chicken and mayonnaise, tuna and cheese.”
Ciarán Ó Maoláin