The Iron Lady could keep stumm when it suited her

first_imgBrief letters US politics Share via Email Support The Guardian IAAF Huawei Share on Twitter letters Since you’re here… Margaret Thatcher Share on WhatsApp Mike Pompeocenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Share on Facebook The US secretary of state says: “Ask yourself: would the Iron Lady be silent when China violates the sovereignty of nations through corruption or coercion?” (What would Thatcher do, asks Pompeo as he urges Huawei U-turn, 9 May). Perhaps. She was mostly silent when the US, on numerous documented occasions, did exactly that.Brian SmithBerlin• Can we shortly expect the IAAF to insist that competitive swimmers with large feet, say size 15 or above – which we know gives them an unfair advantage – have their foot size restricted to ensure that men with small feet are not discriminated against (Letters, 4 May)? To those who are unsure, may I refer you to Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut?Anne SmithRoyston, Hertfordshire• The focus on films (Ranked! Emma Thompson films, 10 May) meant that one of her greatest (and Bafta-winning) performances was overlooked. She was unforgettable as gallus Glaswegian Suzi Kettles in the groundbreaking 1987 TV series Tutti Frutti.Mike PenderCardiff• As well as gender inequality there is obvious tonsorial unfairness (Letters, 11 May). My grandfather once complained about his barber charging a shilling then spending time looking out the window. Now that I am equally bald I do wonder about the equity of being charged the same as my hairy friends.Peter HutchinsonChalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire• Was I the only one who didn’t get that baby Sussex’s middle name was “Harry’s son?”Geraldine BlakeWorthing, West Sussex• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sport politics China Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img