logistics officer Beverley Sarpong placing UK Aid stickers onto cargo pallets 
A logistic officer at Cotswold Airport labels pallets containing foreign aid items. The Department for International Development (Dfid) is merging with the Foreign Office to create a new department Credit: Ben Birchall /PA

SIR – Full marks to the Prime Minister for executing his long-standing plans to abolish the Department for International Development三级成人视频 (Dfid) and transfer its obligations to the Foreign Office (report, June 17).

However, it is a little disappointing that he appears to have no plan to repeal the statutory obligation to commit 0.7 per cent of GDP to foreign aid, irrespective of need. As long as this is in place, it seems inevitable that ministers and civil servants will continue to squander our money (most of it borrowed, for the foreseeable future) on projects only vaguely related to genuine aid requirements.

I hope Boris Johnson will lay down clear guidelines on how Britain’s contribution should be allocated, together with a transparent monitoring and reporting system to ensure compliance.

John Waine
三级成人视频 Nuneaton, Warwickshire

SIR – The abolition of Dfid is long overdue三级成人视频. While it has been distributing largesse to countries that may or may not need it, there have been myriad small charities working quietly in the background, probably to greater effect.

三级成人视频These include the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), one of whose founders, Madge Watt, also founded the Women’s Institute (WI). The WI has continued to support ACWW, which concentrates on relatively inexpensive projects, all supervised locally, to support rural women living in poverty worldwide.

三级成人视频ACWW encourages them to improve their standard of living through co-operation – for example, by showing low-caste Dalit women in India how to create home gardens, both to nourish their families and increase their income by selling their surplus. Let us hope that grass-roots projects such as these will benefit from the money we give to help others in future.

June Green
Bagshot, Surrey

三级成人视频SIR – It is perhaps worth remembering that 99.3 per cent of British GDP is not spent on overseas aid.

Andrew Jones
Guildford, Surrey

 

SIR – The merger of Dfid with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is sensible. However, I would also suggest that it is quite unnecessary to rename the ministry as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with all the attendant cost in replacing signs and letter headings.

三级成人视频Aid will continue to be distributed to both foreign and Commonwealth countries, and FCO says it all.

Michael Staples
Seaford, East Sussex

 

三级成人视频SIR – I didn’t have an opinion on the merging of Dfid and the Foreign Office – but when I heard that Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron were against it, I knew instantly that it must be a good thing.

Bernard Kerrison
London SW4
 

Get staff into schools

Schools have remained open for the children of key workers, such as NHS staff, throughout the Covid-19 outbreak Credit: Christopher Furlong /Getty

SIR – Apart from in a few exceptional cases, it is compulsory for children to attend school.

A common date for all of them to resume doing so should be set. Any teaching staff choosing to be absent on that date should be regarded as having resigned from their posts. This is good enough for most other employees.

Peter Clark
三级成人视频 Canterbury, Kent

 

三级成人视频SIR – As a headmistress, I welcomed back some students from Year 10 this week. We have a robust risk assessment in place and have, for instance, created outdoor handwashing stations as part of our plan.

I should like to open my school to all pupils, but I am not allowed to do so. My students are fortunate to have access to excellent guided home learning – but it is not the same for all. On the seafront and common there are huge groups of teenagers who are not observing social distancing. While they are enjoying the good weather and a chance to relax, they should really be in lessons – and the sooner they return三级成人视频, the better.

Jane Prescott
Headmistress, Portsmouth High School

SIR – There has been a sensible about-turn on the provision of free school meals outside term-time (report, June 17).

三级成人视频But the Government, and Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, in particular, have the political sensitivity of Marie Antoinette.

John Charnock-Wilson
三级成人视频 Petersfield, Hampshire

 

Speaking for the dead

The spirit of Nelson Mandela - whose statue in Parliament Square is here shown with a protective barrier around it - has been invoked by people on both sides of the debate surrounding Cecil Rhodes  Credit: Peter Summers /Getty

SIR – Various Oxford dons (Letters, June 17) accuse Professor Louise Richardson of “inappropriate ventriloquising” in quoting Nelson Mandela as part of her response to the “Rhodes Must Fall” debate. It seems they are also applying “inappropriate ventriloquising”, because I see no evidence that Mr Mandela said that statues must fall.

John Harmes
Alton, Hampshire

 

SIR – Has anyone thought of erecting more statues, rather than taking down the one of Cecil Rhodes?

When Rhodes sought to add what was is now Botswana to his enterprises, three Tswana kings, led by Khama III, travelled to London to lobby for support; they succeeded in their mission and so foiled Rhodes’s exploitation of their land and people.

Is there space close to the Rhodes statue for statues in honour of these kings, to illustrate what he did and tried to do and what the effects were?

Tim Oaks
Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Tories can’t afford to keep this chaotic Cabinet

Still in the dark: the Cabinet has failed to formulate an effective strategy to tackle the crises arising from Covid-19 Credit: Paul Grover

SIR – As Tory grandees watch the slow disintegration of this Government, they might wish to consider the example of Eddie Jones, head coach of the England rugby team, who admitted that he had picked the wrong team for the World Cup Final.

The Cabinet is in retreat and has no apparent strategy. It flip-flops daily三级成人视频; it has no clear message and is regularly economical with the truth. Its ministers make unexpected line breaks, rather than leading the pack, while the bench looks sparse.

三级成人视频Could it be that the wrong fly-half is in Number 10?

Doug Littlejohns
Brentor, Devon

SIR – Who is running this country – the education unions, Black Lives Matter or Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London?

Boris Johnson’s very young Cabinet is showing inconsistency in its decision-making. While Mr Johnson is just the person to lead, he urgently needs help from senior Tories and advisers who have business and life experience, and can bring economic insight and a commitment to getting our great country back on track.

Children need to go to school, adults need to go to work, the police need to do their job, and the British people need to be able to live their lives again.

Jinnie Edwards
Brereton, Cheshire

 

Heath besmirched

SIR – Fifty years ago, Cecil King, a former press magnate, made the following entry in his diary: “On Thursday evening we went to The Telegraph [election] party expecting a Labour majority of somewhere between 30 and 150. The first four results showed that a Tory victory was almost certain. And it was.”

Thursday June 18 1970 brought one of the greatest surprises in modern electoral history. Throughout the preceding campaign the Tories had trailed badly in the opinion polls. The party reconciled itself to certain defeat. Only its leader, Ted Heath, remained undaunted, exuding a confidence that no one else shared.

To universal amazement, he was proved right. A Labour majority of 74 was replaced by a Tory majority of 30, the only time since 1945 that one party has gained a working majority from another that had had one at a single election.  Heath won 46.4 per cent of the popular vote, which no one since then has even matched.

三级成人视频Is it not tragic that, on the 50th anniversary of this great victory, Heath’s reputation should remain tainted by seven unproven allegations of child sex abuse left over from a deeply flawed police investigation because this Government refuses to institute an independent inquiry?

Lord Lexden (Con)
London SW1

 

Best of the bobs

Mary Quant, one of the leading figures in British fashion in the 1960s, has her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon Credit: Ronald Dumont /Hulton/Getty

SIR – Tim Hartley, formerly of Vidal Sassoon, calls for salons to return to classic cutting (report, June 15).

Sadly, some hairdressers are barely capable of a simple blow-dry. The training programmes of groups such as Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie and Toni & Guy produced some incredible talents capable of cutting precision bobs and five-point styles featured by Mary Quant, Grace Coddington and Twiggy, as well as on style leaders such as Vogue’s Anna Wintour, the actress Nancy Kwan and Corinne Drewery of the band Swing Out Sister. Let’s get back to basic skills.

Judy Kwan
三级成人视频 London EC4

 

A trousseau of wonderful wedding memories

Perfect fit: The Trousseau (1911) by the American painter Charles Webster Hawthorne Credit: Alamy

SIR – I was delighted that Jane Shilling三级成人视频 mentioned Madame Stuart’s dress shop in Canterbury (Comment, June 15).

三级成人视频In 1961 Madame Stuart made my wedding dress (designed by my 13-year-old sister) and all the bridesmaids’ dresses, and even supplied my mother’s smart suit and most of my trousseau.

We lived in Eastry, near Sandwich, and the dresses arrived in Madame Stuart’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. This also transported me to church – slightly delayed, as we had to wait to hear the Test Match results before leaving. What happy memories.

三级成人视频Madame Stuart was a delightful lady, and I still have the going-away dress and coat, though these days the dress is rather too tight.

Jane Yates (née Bowley)
Addington, Kent

 

Fire? Hang on …

三级成人视频SIR – I work in a five-storey NHS building. We recently had a fire alarm. Evacuation took longer than on previous occasions because people were practising social distancing on the way down the fire escape.

Has Covid-19 had some strange effect on our mental capacities?

Professor Peter Furness
Whissendine, Rutland

 

Safely in the loop

Delicate operation: A man in Tokyo holds his glasses in his mouth while he checks his phone Credit: Carl Court /Getty

SIR – My husband wears glasses and hearing aids, and has had the problems written about by Jean Renshaw (Letters, June 12三级成人视频) when wearing a mask with loops that fit around the ears.

三级成人视频I have made him a mask with long elastic straps that fit around the back of his head and neck. It works a treat.

Sue Hargreaves
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

All systems go?

SIR – Good weather conditions are a prerequisite for successful rocket launches – so it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to spot that the Shetland Islands are a questionable location for a spaceport (report, June 17).

Neil Truelove
三级成人视频 Shefford, Bedfordshire

 

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