Donald Trump plays Citizen Kane to perfection | Brief letters

Witney byelection | ‘Fraud at the Polls’ | JB Priestley’s Jenny Villiers | Alan Partridge’s dislike of Noel Edmonds | Brexit in French | Jean-Claude Juncker

Where did the real Guardian go? Front-page prominence for Princess Diana’s stepmother on Saturday, but a Witney byelection report only on page 12, giving no analysis of the wider significance of the result. Clearly, whatever the press and politicians believe, the public may well now use the Liberal Democrats as a brake on bulldozing Brexit.
Paul Tyler
Liberal Democrat, House of Lords

• In Citizen Kane, Orson Welles plays a newspaper tycoon who is running for public office. On the eve of the election results he has two headlines prepared for the morning edition of his paper. The first welcomes his victory, the second cries “Fraud at the Polls”. Sounds familiar (I will accept election – as long as I win, says Trump, 21 October)?
Andrew Sills
Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambridgeshire

• Susan Hill (Review, 22 October) is mistaken in thinking that JB Priestley never wrote a ghost story. She should look up his short novel, Jenny Villiers, published 1947, about a theatrical haunting – a great favourite of mine in my teens.
Gillian Tindall

• Surely Alan Partridge demonstrated a cool and rational approach to using the H-word (Letters, 20 and 21 October) when he explained that, although he could not stand Noel Edmonds, he did not hate him (‘He is a total wazzock and I can’t stand him’, G2, 17 October).
Ray Jenkin

• The prime minister made her refusal to negotiate Brexit in French (Report, 22 October), from behind a stand emblazoned with the words “Honi soit qui mal y pense” and “Dieu et mon droit”.
Chris Roulston
Redhill, Surrey

• Hands up anyone who expects to see a female leader photographed with her arm around a senior male European commissioner’s shoulders (photo of Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May, page 7, 22 October).
Sue Roff
Cellardyke, Fife

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