Imagine Charles Dickens reporting the Vardy v Rooney case, with the winners being the lawyers (Rebekah Vardy loses ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney, 29 July). A serial of episodes followed by the book. So which Guardian writer will get there first?
• You report that Rishi Sunak favours grammar schools (Ben Wallace endorses Liz Truss as Sunak backs new grammar schools, 29 July) and note “some Conservative MPs have long hankered after their return, despite evidence that they tend to disproportionately benefit the children of wealthier families”. Surely the word you are looking for is not despite but because?
• Any moment now, following the references to grammar schools and foxhunting, I’m wondering who will be the first of the Tory party candidates to recommend bringing back the birch. Where is their vision for the future? I wait in vain.
• Are we really supposed to believe that Liz Truss will “stand up to Putin” when she hasn’t the courage to indulge in a half-hour interview with Andrew Neil?
St Albans, Hertfordshire
• Rather than reducing the frequency of flushing (Letters, 28 July), pee on the compost heap – it does it good.
• Anyone else remember the mantra “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”?
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