The Prime Minister's childish remarks on penal policy ( PM Sentenced for Joking Britain to Become "Saudi Arabia of Criminal Policy ", September 14 ) probe new depths in what passes for a debate on the subject in this country. Apart from conion, the decision to imprison probably represents the most extreme manifestation of state authority over individuals. Deciding how we exercise this power deserves better than a second-rate stand-up routine.
Director, Prison Reform Trust
I was wondering if the reluctance on the Conservative government benches to wear face coverings in the House of Commons was because it kept them from being a bunch of shameless liars ( The political sketch, September 14 ).
Can our planet survive capitalism? Long read ( When Wall Street arrived in the land of coal, September 14 ) provided further evidence of the predatory nature of capitalism, relying on the exploitation of human and natural resources for private gain. It seems that this system can never be sufficiently“Tamed” to maintain a durable home for life.
Riding Mill, Northumberland
Studying history in college in the 1970s, I too received a scathing comment on an essay ( Letters, September 9 ). By returning my book on Napoleon III, my speaker wrote: “As Sarah Bernhardt said about marriage, 'There must be more than that'.” I recovered, but never forgot.
Retired history teacher, Kingsley, Cheshire