Nothin to be gained by policin speakin | Brief letters

Country diary | Climate crisis | Class and accent | Throw of the dice | Mixed-up names

When I taught a lunchtime literature class for overseas students, I sometimes turned to your country diary as a model of good prose – lucid, lyrical and unforced. Now retired, I still enjoy reading them. The palpable sense of wonder conveyed in the descriptions of even the humblest of species – most recently weeds and slugs – is both infectious and profoundly moving. Thank you.
Frances Lee
London

• Alistair Hay (Letters, 2 August) is right: however many “manly emissions” are produced, it is mothers bearing babies that add to ruinous birth rates. But the responsibility for denying those women access to affordable contraceptives (and education) lies largely in the laps of men.
Rev Jenny Welsh
London

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