As someone who went to a north London comprehensive school I may not be best placed to identify the “male public school tone” you refer to as being part of the ethos, albeit fading, of Test Match Special (Editorial, 6 July). What I can spot is a continuing commitment to public service broadcasting at its best. That is something that has a lot of enemies at the moment. Long live TMS, even Geoffrey Boycott’s discussion of rhubarb.
• How could Bill Hawkes (Letters, 6 July) be sure his violin-playing colleague was playing “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” and not Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes?
• Re teachers’ taboos (Letters, 5 July), some of the most memorable teachers I knew in the 1950s regularly got drunk on Saturdays. They include the one found wallowing in the horse trough outside his local declaiming: “Women and children first.” Of course, they didn’t answer the door in their braces: what did they have a wife for?
• I can’t be the only person to have noticed the commander of the new ship is Captain Kyd (Britain’s new aircraft carrier, 1 July). Will they please let him fly the Jolly Roger when it first leaves port, once launched?
• Would this be the same Cameron who can pay £25,000 for a shed (Cameron lambasts Tory critics of austerity as selfish and uncaring, 5 July)? Unbelievable!
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