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Sorting the No 11 flat and our priorities

The Guardian logo The Guardian 05/03/2021 Letters
Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Despite the UK’s current budgetary crisis (Spend now, pay later: Sunak flags major tax rises as Covid bill tops £400bn, 3 March), major parties think it makes sense to spend at least £205bn on a new generation of nuclear weapons. They will be so non-independent that we have to borrow, from the US, the missiles on which to put the warheads. Bonkers is a bit rude, but nothing else comes to mind.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Carrie Symonds has overseen a revamp of the Downing Street flat she shares with Boris Johnson. © Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images Carrie Symonds has overseen a revamp of the Downing Street flat she shares with Boris Johnson.

Bruce Kent

Vice-president, CND

• It is important not to confuse the school dinner offering Tottenham cake (Pass notes, 3 March) with Tottenham pudding, an industrially produced boil-up of waste fruit and vegetables for consumption by chickens and pigs.

Martyn Day

Twickenham, London

• Steven Poole’s suggestion that “you may irritate people by adopting the once-standard pronunciation ‘per-SEVerance’” (‘Perseverance’: the meaning behind the name of Nasa’s Mars robot, 25 February) is an excellent one for this time when we are enduring being severed from direct contact with friends and family.

Maureen Fenton

Clitheroe, Lancashire

• Christian Wolmar (Letters, 3 March) says Wentworth was not all that posh in his childhood because his parents paid a “mere” £2 a week for membership. In 1960, the average industrial wage was £14 a week. My father kept our family of four on that. £2 a week for golf? Unthinkable.

Jeff Wells

Groton, Suffolk

• Just in time to divert my cheque from the Yemen disaster appeal to support Carrie’s No 11 refurbishment emergency (Creating a charity to pay for PM’s flat refurb would be ‘an outrage’, 2 March). First lady first!

Susan Hipperson

Lindfield, West Sussex

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