Has Boris Johnson heard of the proposed new crackdown on obesity (Unhealthy snacks to be banned from checkouts at supermarkets in England, 28 December)? The photograph on another page in the same print edition of him surrounded by a Five Guys takeaway bag, chocolates, Coke and beer suggests otherwise.
• Martin Tolley (Letters, 27 December) implies that the Oxford vaccine researchers are still using Windows 7 because they cannot afford to upgrade to Windows 10. I have tried Windows 10 and have found it in many ways inferior to Windows 7, and so have gone back to the older operating system. Newer is not always better.
• In the light of the present situation with Brexit, inadequate test and trace, and the superficial statements of how wonderful all our Covid efforts have been, is it any wonder a quote from Macbeth popped up in my mind: “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.”
Washington, Tyne and Wear
• I am baffled why it is assumed to be more important to give me (aged 87) the vaccine than to give it to my doctor (NHS doctors ‘scrabbling’ to get vaccine amid alarm at Covid variant, 27 December). What good am I to society? More an increasing burden and cost.
• Don’t know about broccoli not being invented in Yorkshire back in the 1940s and 50s (Letters, 24 December), but the only time you had pigs in blankets back then was when your porkers were poorly.
Bury, Greater Manchester
• Trying to put on a mask while wearing woolly gloves could become a party game of the future.