A man of integrity, ability and compassion

Sir, Michael Stapleton (Letters, September 30) says that “the current Labour party is made up of dangerous and sinister people”. Has he ever met any Labour party members? I have. So far, none of them has struck me as especially dangerous or sinister. Labour party membership has, of course, roughly …

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Corbyn has ideas that should be taken seriously

Sir, Nick Pearce (“Corbyn rides high, but conference camaraderie will not last”, September 30) suggests that Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election contributed to Jeremy Corbyn’s surge in popularity and influence. This purported causal link needs to be reversed. The surprising and misjudged decision to call a general …

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Here’s why women hesitate to report sexual harassment

Sexual harassment has reared its revolting head, yet again. Yesterday, the New York Times alleged Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, had harassed women, including the actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, and has reached financial settlements with eight women. Ms Judd claims the incident happened two decades ago. The film …

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Oldham was a spinning town, hence the spindles

Sir, Jonathan Foyle in “Picking up the threads” (House & Home, September 16) is incorrect when he says that “A hundred years or so ago Oldham in Lancashire was the world’s greatest cotton weaving town, employing 30,000 people to operate 16.7m spindles in 320 mills.” Oldham was not a weaving …

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The tangled politics of transgenderism

The Greeks and Romans knew all about the mystique of transgenderism. Readers of Ovid will remember Tiresias, the prophet who spent seven years of his life transformed into a woman. After his restoration, the god Jupiter asked Tiresias to settle a quarrel with his wife Juno: who had it better …

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Blair entered Downing St with no prior experience

Sir, Jacob Rees-Mogg (Lunch with the FT, September 30) has clearly not read Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey, when he notes that “there has never been a prime minister who has reached the highest office without having first served as minister”. A Journey begins: “On 2 May 1997, I walked …

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