That companies would try to avoid paying the minimum wage was always entirely predictable (Record number of firms shamed over pay, 16 February). When the minimum wage was introduced, the TUC made two proposals to the minister, Stephen Byers: that there should be a minimum wage inspectorate; and, to ensure all employees know their entitlement, the amount of the minimum wage should be printed on every pay slip. Byers rejected both ideas as unnecessary. It is now evident that we need effective methods of enforcement.
• I hope Neil Gadsby (Letters, 15 February) was able to save some of his empty Weetabix boxes to cut out and construct the series of automotive model kits printed in colour on the reverse. With scissors, glue, sticky fingers, patience and some frustration my sister and I produced cardboard buses, lorries, cars and even a caravan. We used to eat the Weetabix quickly so we could play with the boxes all the sooner.
• I wonder if this delicacy using leftover currants and pastry (Letters, 13 February) is unique to the north-west of England? When I was growing up in Hyde, Cheshire, my mother used to fashion “currant fat cakes” from the Sunday baking leftovers. And guess what they were called across the way in Eccles…
• Re endangered species (Letters, 15 February): what ever happened to “hard-working families”?
• I presume Madonna parks up before she “watches on” at the New York fashion week show (picture caption, 15 February).
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