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Letter: Abuse flourishes in silence

Abuse flourishes in silence

The men who took the heart out of social work

After 25 years I have been driven from my career by MBAs whose priority is management systems, not providing a service

Letter: Gentlemen's dilemma

Sir: Jo Brand (column, 29 March) must lead a very sheltered life. In this part of the country, the generation brought up with "officers' ladies, NCOs' wives, and other ranks' women", would be likely to give a very frosty reception to Jo Brand if she referred to any woman other than as a "lady", whereas the same word would make their daughters squirm. It's hell, I tell you.

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Jo is away in Spain, and I know that this time it is Madrid rather than Malaga and the Prado rather than the Pizzeria. She has persuaded The Independent to trust me with the column, thus enabling me to realise journalistic ambitions that were early, but short-lived. This week's struggle for words has identified that writing is a darn sight more demanding than listening and talking, those essential social work skills.

Letter: Psychiatric beds needed urgently

Sir: Jo Brand is quite correct when she asserts that the chronic state of mental health services in London comes as no surprise to those of us who live and work here ("Jo Brand's Week", 25 January).

It's the way you tell 'em

SERIOUSLY FUNNY: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime by Howard Jacobson, Viking pounds 20

Letter: McCarthy cash went to charity

McCarthy cash went to charity

Letter: Non-smokers resent insults

Sir: Why must smokers like Jo Brand (21 December), who seem to be perfectly civilised in other respects, seek to justify the nuisance their addiction causes to the non-smoking majority by insulting us?

Letter: Barbie effect

Sir: It must be Christmas because Suzanne Moore is writing the annual article about Barbie dolls (13 December).

Letter: Hypocrisy over drug dangers

Sir: I look forward to the campaign of the Health Education Authority to reduce smoking in young women (report, 12 December). Perhaps you could make a start by depicting your supermodel columnists, Jo Brand and Bridget Jones, without a cigarette between their fingers.

The F-word that became respectable

Larger women launch campaign to emphasise positive image and show that big really is beautiful

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Letter : Adolf and I

Sir: Jo Brand, commenting on names (28 September), refers to the suffering one goes through at school if landed with a ridiculous name.

Letter: Future is fat

Future is fat

Jo Brand's week: Diary

Maybe all the Royals would like to donate their clothing allowances to the people of the island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides, who are trying to buy their island to avoid a series of rich, eccentric types mincing up and down like they own the place, which of course they do. The asking price is roughly 2 million quid, which if you think of it isn't that much ... about as far up as Shearer's knee. Eigg is currently owned by some reclusive German arty type and maybe it's about time the islanders were responsible for their own destiny. Perhaps some millionaire type will buy it and give it to them, as these people do pop up out of the woodwork from time to time. Paul McCartney could afford it, I expect. What a shame the band KLF burnt a million pounds on Jura recently. If only the Eigg mob had legged it down there before they put a match to it, that would have been half the price sorted.
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The dining car makes a comeback

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