Three Tory cheers for the apocalypse after Liz Truss’s nuclear pledge | Brief letters

Jacinda Ardern | Bicycle licence plates | Welsh brain drain | Sewage control is a joke | A plotless Marriage

What a thoughtful, enlightened piece by Jacinda Ardern (The world stands on a nuclear precipice – we must avoid catastrophe, 25 August), in such contrast to the words of our wannabe prime minister Liz Truss, who said this week that she would be ready to use nuclear weapons even though it would mean global annihilation (cue applause from Tory party members).
Michael Clayton
Emneth, Norfolk

The copper bicycle number plate found in Zambia by John Boucher.
A copper bicycle number plate found in Zambia. Photograph: John Boucher

• Squeezing tax from the poorest citizens by means of a bicycle licence is an old colonial idea (Grant Shapps’ bike licence plates proposal ‘a strange and pointless idea’, 17 August). When I went to Zambia shortly after independence, I found a little copper bicycle number plate among some roadside rubbish.
John Boucher
Westwood, Nottinghamshire

• The Welsh government’s Seren Network is a worthy initiative, but it should not be diverting the most academically able students away from Welsh universities (A-level joy for sixth formers in Wales after ‘difficult few years’, 18 August).
Rev Judith Phillips (MA Swansea)
Rev Dr Peter Phillips (PhD Cardiff)

• The water companies tell us that they are working hard to reduce the release of raw sewage into our seas, but in reality we know that they are just going through the motions (Roll up, roll up and meet the watery overlords pumping sewage on to Britain’s shores this summer, 23 August).
Rob Nutting

• Giving the plot away for Marriage (Letters, 24 August)? Personally, I struggled to discern a plot in it.
Tony Rimmer
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

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