An ice-cream parlour with a difference
Four cheers for Simon Jenkins’ article on football (Boris Johnson’s Euros bandwagon-jumping won’t get him far, 12 July). It says everything that it is a political columnist, not a sportswriter, who makes the obvious point that it should be the UK team, not England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will be Team GB at the Olympics, and it is long overdue for the four UK football teams to combine. As Jenkins says, we may even win.
Steve Baker, MP since 2010, says the Tories can’t be associated with calls to defund the police (Tory MP says party must change attitude towards taking the knee, 13 July). From 2010 to 2019 there was a 20% cut in police funding in real terms. They are already complicit!
I was hugely disappointed by England’s defeat, but would gladly trade a triumph in next year’s World Cup for a change of government (any hue) come election time.
When it opened some years ago, our local Italian ice-cream shop had a sign up proclaiming that its products had “no conservatives” (Zoe Williams, 12 July). Sadly, the mistranslation has since been corrected.
After I entered the boys’ under-12 race at a village fete, the local paper reported that Alice Terwood had won the girls’ race (Letters, 13 July).