Church must speak up on Begum return | Brief letters

Chris Williamson | Shamima Begum | Toilets | Roald Dahl

Can you imagine any Labour MP thinking it would be alright to say we’ve been too apologetic about racism or indeed sexism (Williamson suspended after U-turn by Labour, 28 February)?
Kate Myers

• Where is the church’s voice in supporting the return to the UK of Shamima Begum and her young son (Report, 28 February)? Are we not aware of the parable of the prodigal son, the younger son being welcomed back by his father after leaving home and squandering his inheritance (Luke 15:11-32)? Or are we more content to act as the belligerent elder son resentful of the welcome given to his returning brother?
David Jennings
Canon theologian, Leicester Cathedral

• I believe the most accurate term for the smallest room (Letters, 28 February) is the (possibly) Old English “shândry”, which roughly translates as “shithouse”.
Ellie Sedgwick
Halesworth, Suffolk

• In the US, looking for a house to rent, we were confused by the term “half-bath”; perhaps this was a small sit-bath suitable for children? With a young family this appealed to me, so I asked to see one and was shown a downstairs loo.
Nicolette Wise
Dalry, Dumfries & Galloway

• On the theme of Dahl’s new words (Report, 28 February), may I offer one of my own. Skuldoggery is what my beagle puppy gets up to when he thinks we are not watching.
Geoff Wheeler

• Our six-year-old granddaughter recently said something or other would be “a disastrophe”. Just about sums up the entire Brexit affair.
Paulina Church

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