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A modest proposal for bigger knickers | Brief letters

Bring back big knickers! When I was at school in the 1950s, we wore comfortable and capacious navy knickers under our skirts and frocks, and climbed trees, cartwheeled and somersaulted unabashed. They covered our bums from the waist to the tops of our thighs. Otherwise, get rid of the skirts and let girls wear shorts. It is ridiculous to suggest they should have to wear both (Ofsted chief warns against victim blaming in ‘modesty’ shorts row, 15 June).

Mary Bolton

Chiswick, London

Readers of Robert Tressell’s socialist novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists will be aware that the “socialist cyclists” are met with violence by a howling mob in Mugsborough (Editorial, 16 June). The victim then turns to the other side to speak against socialism for money. Do present-day Clarions sense a turncoat behind the attempts to alter their constitution?

Trevor Hopper

Lewes, East Sussex

I am no spring chicken, but sense that the Guardian’s encouragement of letters penned by people advertising their advanced age (16 June) is not going to encourage a more youthful readership.

Caroline Hinchliffe


My late wife swore that the wood pigeons in Chingford were repeating “Solzhenitsyn, Solzhenitsyn” (Do Norfolk birds speak Punjabi?, 8 June). Could they have come from Russia?

Ron Clark

Chingford, London

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