Letters: In Brief

Sir: Ian Hargreaves (Comment, 15 June) wonders what label Tony Blair will use for re-selling new Labour at the next election. Wouldn't "Second-Hand Tories" be the obvious one.

DAVID BISHOP

Nottingham

Sir: The term New Labour now conjures up the image of a tiresome commercial, touting with endless tedium an untried, second-rate brand of soap powder. Why not Hard Labour for a change?

ALAN J PAGE

Stourmarket, Suffolk

Sir: Twice in your obituary for Reg Smythe (15 June) you refer to him being born in Hartlepool, Yorkshire. It may come as a surprise to you in the South, but Hartlepool is north of the river Tees and is thus in County Durham, traditionally, and now in Cleveland. There is geography north of London!

RICHARD WEBB

Northwich, Cheshire

Sir: On Stanley Daniels' premise that "the polluter pays" (letter, 11 June), why not a very large levy on dog food?

CHRISTINE SMITH

Seaford, Sussex

Sir: John Mann asks (letter, 15 June) if walking 32 miles at the age of 68 is the optimum way of achieving a century. I am sadly less ambitious. I would merely hope to walk one mile at the age of 99.

GERAINT JENNINGS

St Helier, Jersey

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