I would like to thank Richard Williams for his obituary of the great John Dawes (11 May). I have struggled for the last 20 years to explain why rugby union is no longer a game that thrills me as it did in the 1970s and 1980s. I have tied myself up in knots to define what is lacking in the modern game. Then, Williams sums it up in a phrase of efficient elegance worthy of Dawes: “a time when rugby was a game of evasion rather than collision”.
Barrhead, East Renfrewshire
0.7% of GDP going to aid seems minimal to me (John Major joins push to overturn cut to UK overseas aid budget, 4 June). What proportion of the wealth that built “Great Britain” came from the trade in enslaved Africans? From slave-worked plantations in the colonies? From mills using slave-grown cotton? From forbidding manufacturing in the colonies?
Nauseating hypocrisy. Ollie Robinson is perhaps correctly punished for bad behaviour as a teenager (England’s Ollie Robinson suspended from international game for tweets, 7 June) while the prime minister, who has never shown any genuine remorse for his appalling racist and misogynist rants, is allowed to carry on running the country.
Hyperbollocks (Letters, 1 June)? How about a new word to describe Boris Johnson when interviewed: “Testiculating – waving your arms about when talking bollocks.”
Our dystopia veers to cacotopia.
Dr Tony Abramson