John Webb, Bath
Sir: Since Professor Leech is fatalistic about Americanisms invading the English language ("We're gonna havta go with the flow - official", 13 August) and is quite prepared to throw grammar out of the window, I, for one, believe he ought to be shot. He may not like the idea, but I shall look forward to it. Should he protest - as I think he will - "Needs must" is my answer. And boy, I'm gonna shoot straight.
Monty Berchten, Garston-Watford, Hertfordshire
Sir: Tom Lake, who does not believe Italians are good at taxation (letter, 16 August), pokes fun at the new Commission's Italian President, Romano Prodi, for proposing "a compatriot" as Taxation Commissioner. More serious observers will know that the new Taxation Commissioner is in fact a Dutchman, Frits Bolkenstein, and that the other Italian Commissioner, Mario Monti, who was responsible for taxation in the previous Commission, will now be taking on the key portfolio of competition. Such, I fear, is the grasp on reality of many Eurosceptics.
David Wyllie, Brussels
Sir: I am relieved to learn of the release in Liberia of the abducted aid workers, including my friend, midwife Sara Nam (report, 14 August). To ignore the part our own "developed" countries play in these unstable regions would be to betray her ideals. Global economic systems help enslave entire populations in poverty. Add exported Western arms, a weak, underfunded and under-supported UN, and there is a dangerous mix. Today's children, if they survive at all, easily become tomorrow's disaffected rebels and kidnappers.
Dr Marko Kerac, Central Middlesex Hospital
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