Politicians had no firm grasp of the scientific evidence before imposing lockdown again

SIR – Is there any evidence that a single case of Covid has been transmitted by a player on an outdoor tennis court?

Ian Statham
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire


SIR – To prove that I am unlawfully playing golf, any arresting officer would first have to find my ball in the rough. Good luck with that.

Peta Vick
Lytham, Lancashire


Footpath dead end

SIR – When a well-used bridleway was closed off by a new landowner in our village (Letters, November 4), we applied to Lincolnshire council for a DMMO (Definitive Map Modification Order).

We submitted all the required evidence from old maps and filled in user evidence forms. The application was placed on “the list” by the council.

Thirteen years later, the application has made very little progress and is still not classed as an active case.

Elizabeth Simpson
Searby, Lincolnshire


Volunteers thwarted

SIR – Molly Kingsley (Comment, November 3) writes that her campaign UsForThem is launching a volunteer army to help schoolteachers.

I have been a school volunteer for more than 10 years, a role recognised by the local education authority.

It is to my sadness that since the first lockdown I have had to suspend my volunteering. I gave one-to-one reading practice to juniors, which cannot be reconciled with social distancing.

Valerie Palmer
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire


Apprentice lawyers

SIR – When I qualified as a solicitor there were two ways of going about it. One either took take a degree and the appropriate legal courses or became an articled clerk (trainee) for five years. I have worked with “five-year men” who have been excellent and often very practical lawyers and .have achieved high positions.

If solicitors are prepared to take on young people as apprentices (report, October 31) and actually pay them, that would be very good.

I was the first articled clerk in my firm to be paid (£9 per week). The previous man had been paid nothing.

Colin Garrett
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire


Social media duties

SIR – Social media companies turned into publishing companies when they began to “moderate” posts. They should therefore be governed by the same laws as all other publishers, having provided themselves with the power to alter, comment upon or to take down contributions.

Their defence depends on the matter of whether access is open or not. This may present the conundrum for all lawmakers.

William Blake
Craven Arms, Shropshire

Absence of poppies

SIR – It is upsetting not to be able to find anyone in my area offering poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion. I would like to make a donation and wear my poppy with pride at this time of remembrance.

Like so many, I had relatives who lost their lives in conflict: two in the First World War and one in the Second. I have visited the battlefields in Belgium and France, and will never forget the Last Post at the Menin Gate, where my uncle is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

In this Cenotaph centenary year, even if I can’t find a poppy, I shall still give thanks and remember all those from these shores and from the Commonwealth who gave their lives.

Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson
London SW6


SIR – Because of the enforced cancellation of their parade and gathering at the war memorial, the people of Eye in Suffolk have been asked to stand at their front doors at 11 o’clock on Remembrance Sunday to observe the two-minute silence.

Eric Howarth
Bourne, Lincolnshire


‘Normal’ for the NHS

SIR – Robert Jenrick (Comment, November 2) states that “non-Covid healthcare can continue as normal, so you can use the NHS for treatments, appointments and scans.”.

How does he reconcile his admirably clear statement with the news that “hospitals have begun cancelling thousands of operations”, including “some cases involving cancer patients”? His is an interesting definition of “normal”.

Christopher Wilton
Petersfield, Hampshire


SIR – Why does a potential Covid case take precedence over an existing cancer case?

Dr Robert Seaman
Henlow, Bedfordshire


Downing Street drama

SIR – Like Bob Kingsland (Letters November 4), I despair at the presence of television journalists outside No  10 – but I am even further frustrated with the questions that they hurl at the Prime Minister, knowing full well they are never going to be answered. These unanswered screams subsequently appear on their channel’s news clips to  justify their presence.

David Lloyd-Edwards
Blandford Forum, Dorset


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