Parents forced to step into the educational breach | Brief letters

The government cuts, cuts, cuts, and underfunds schools and special education needs provision, and then the authorities are surprised when home education numbers rise (Councils in England report 34% rise in elective home education, 24 November)? Your headline might better have read: “34% increase in dedicated parents mopping up government failings”.
Clare Quarman
Windsor, Berkshire

It was impossible to watch the prime minister’s speech (The politics sketch, 22 November) without being reminded of David Brent’s motivational speech to a similar audience of stony-faced business people in The Office.
Andrew Hope

Repatriation of the looted Greek sculptures (Parthenon marbles should never have been removed, Boris Johnson wrote, 23 November) would surely prompt the headline: “Johnson has lost his marbles”.
David Feintuck
Lewes, East Sussex

John Beck asks for suggestions of a broadcaster that holds power to account (Letters, 24 November). Channel 4 News does just that, repeatedly.
Rod Warrington
Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire

Like many readers (Letters, 24 November), I have some elderly foodstuffs in my cupboard, including a tin of duck cassoulet, bought in Paris in the 1990s. I plan to eat it before I die. Probably just before.
Liz Fuller

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