The home secretary wants us to believe the substantial increase in child poverty is somehow not the result of policies pursued by the government since 2010 (Report, 22 November). And if the Tories were to be re-elected and child poverty jumps to over 5 million by 2022, as predicted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies two years ago, then presumably, again, we should not attach any blame to her party.
David Winnick
Labour MP for Walsall North 1979-2017

• Ten-year and eight-year sentences for the detectorists jailed for the theft of a Viking’s treasure; seven and a half years each for two men who raped a woman in a Soho nightclub (Reports, 23 November). Can I suggest that the respective judges attend a training course on the meaning of social justice.
Steven Bowditch
Carlisle, Cumbria

• I wonder how many Guardian readers like myself missed BBC One’s Question Time leaders’ special on Friday night as it failed to make the TV schedule in your Friday paper. Wake up at the back!
Phil Lee
Elslack, North Yorkshire

• Anyone tuning in to see Would I Lie To You? on Friday night would have seen Boris Johnson instead and would probably have concluded they hadn’t missed it after all.
Brian Allen
Birdham, West Sussex

• While appreciating the publicity given Mildura’s plight in Australia’s heatwave (Suffocating dust storm adds to town’s woes, 22 November) as a former resident I must point out that Mildura is not a town, having been proclaimed a regional city in 1934.
Murray Hedgcock

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