A way to combat noisy phone users | Brief letters

Democracies | Swallowing objects | Phone monsters | Pollution | Steve Bell

Aung San Suu Kyi’s fall from grace tells us something about ourselves. We fetishise democracy. This is folly. All too often, democracies have resorted to rendition, torture, cyberwarfare, assassination, terrorism and war. We’ve got to start practising what we preach.
Yugo Kovach
Winterborne Houghton, Dorset

• Your letters about swallowing Lego (29 November) reminded me of a true story of nearly 80 years ago. In those days many small toys were made of lead. Our neighbours’ son swallowed a small lead pig. They examined his stools regularly and in time out popped the pig. The boy’s mother was so relieved, she had the pig cleaned, silvered and mounted as a brooch which she frequently wore.
Colin Wood-Robinson
Leeds

• In common with many of us, Kay Holmes (Opinion, 27 November) is annoyed by people speaking loudly into their mobile phones. My own approach is to politely remind offenders that the small hole at the bottom of their phones is actually a microphone.
Graham Russell
Market Drayton, Shropshire

• Kindly reprint the letter from Mike Parr (Letters, 28 November) substituting “Anytown/anycity” for “Bath”. Thank you.
Ken Aplin
Ampthill, Bedfordshire

• I would be prepared to accept Maggie Thatcher on the new £50 note but only with the proviso that Steve Bell designs it.
Murray Marshall
Salisbury, Wiltshire

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• The second letter in this package was amended on 3 December 2018 to correct a brooch/broach homophone.

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