How to identify the pompous popinjay

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Don Macdonald wonders ‘Was Boris Johnson looking in the mirror when he described Sadiq Khan as a “puffed-up, pompous popinjay”?’ Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Lord Harries (Letters, 13 January) criticises Tim Farron for failing to acknowledge the multiplicity of views within the Christian community but falls into the same trap himself. He should not have said that “Roman Catholic Christians …believe that all abortions are sinful”, but that “the Catholic church teaches” this.
Isabel Carrick

• John Crace (Digested week, 13 January) could have been writing about how I feel about January: low, anxious, lethargic, restless, dependent on the kindness of friends and family, and yoga. Today the first snowdrops in my garden cheered me up, as always.
Sharman Finlay
Portrush, County Antrim

• Stuart Heritage’s preference for “musicals without the music” (G2, 11 January) would have chimed with my son who, aged 10 at the time, opined that “Wagner would be OK without all the silly singing.”
Gillian Browne
Edgmond, Shropshire

• Why are the ages of Henry Bolton’s girlfriend and wife relevant (Ukip leader urged to resign over partner’s ‘racist’ messages, 15 January)? And how old is Bolton?
Polly Bird
Bedlington, Northumberland

• Was Boris Johnson looking in the mirror when he described Sadiq Khan as a “puffed-up, pompous popinjay” (Report, 13 January)?
Don Macdonald

• Any chance that Rigby & Peller will now go bust (Queen’s bra fitter loses warrant, 12 January)?
Bill Noblet
Preston, Lancashire

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