John Green (Letters, 28 June) points out the irony of our “Little Englanders and fanatical privateers” who have “consistently followed the discredited neoliberalism of the US”. Not just followed, swallowed wholesale. And to mark our thraldom we are about to celebrate the fourth of July.
• When in the late 1970s there were problems of rowdiness in the bars of certain towns in Alberta, Canada, some simple rules were introduced that were easily enforced: drinking only when sitting; beer in half pints, not pints; spirits in single measures; wine by the glass, not the bottle. Would these be useful rules when our pubs reopen on 4 July?
• Plaudits to Giles Watling for trying to rescue our theatres from oblivion (British theatres need serious support, says actor turned MP, 28 June). But why don’t our billionaires get themselves long-lasting plaudits – and possibly their names in lights – by adopting theatres and orchestras?
• Following the invasion of Dorset by sun worshippers last week (Report, 26 June), perhaps our Churchill-loving prime minister should consider replacing his “show some guts” line with “We’ll fight them on the beaches”.
• Re your article (Quiet Coast: England’s best beaches to avoid the crowds, Travel, 27 June), maybe without a two-page spread there was a small chance they may have remained that way!