East Bergholt, Suffolk
Sir: The reason John Sutherland cannot find literary criticism at Borders ("Who needs critics?", 12 December) is that scholarship has become so fragmented - mostly deconstructed by the French and politically corrected by the Americans. A Borders of 25 years ago would certainly have had Lionel Trilling, Alfred Kazan and even William Empson on its shelves. The whole area between journalistic judgements and academic minutiae has disappeared.
Sir: Denys Whatmore (letter, 9 December) says that smokers should be made individually to contribute towards the cost of their treatment on the NHS.
They already have. The tax on cigarettes more than covers the NHS bill for smokers by a factor of between three and five, depending on which figures you believe.
Far from being at the back of the queue, smokers should be at the front when it comes to treatment, as they are generously subsidising the rest of us.
The Rev DAVID E FLAVELL