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Labour and the Tories are on political paths with a degree of difference

<span>Lee Anderson, the former deputy chair of the Tory party, has been suspended from the party over inflammatory remarks about Sadiq Khan.</span><span>Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA</span>
Lee Anderson, the former deputy chair of the Tory party, has been suspended from the party over inflammatory remarks about Sadiq Khan.Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

Tom King says a vote for Labour is a vote for small-c fiscal conservatism but with a red rosette (Letters, 20 February). That may be true, at first, but he misses the point that with two seemingly parallel paths, even a small amount of divergence – eg by one degree – will result in a gap that widens over time. The degree of difference between the parties is characterised by Labour’s compassion, competence and pragmatism, compared with the Conservatives’ corruption, complacency and populism.
Michael Horsham
Ham, London

• To all those shouting about a ceasefire, including Mehdi Hasan, saying a simple call from Joe Biden to Benjamin Netanyahu will stop the war (21 February), the answer is simple: a phone call from Hassan Nasrallah in Iran to Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas in Gaza, telling him to release all the hostages, and there will be a ceasefire immediately.
Laurence Lebor
Ra’anana, Israel

• How appropriate to see Liz Truss and Nigel Farage alongside, or waving, inverted union jacks (Report, 22 February). They both certainly heaped distress on us – are they now asking for help?
Stephen Armstrong
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

• On reading recent comments by Liz Truss, Lee Anderson and Suella Braverman, words failed me. Later, I found three: delusional, despicable and dangerous.
Joanne Thomas
Bury, Greater Manchester

• My wife and I heard a cuckoo twice in Haigh Hall Country Park, Wigan, on 22 February – first cuckoo of spring or last cuckoo of winter?
David Mole
Chorley, Lancashire

• Unlike Sue Stephenson (Letters, 20 February), I welcome the “Your parcel has been delivered” email, as it triggers my walk up and down the street to see who has been the lucky recipient of my goods.
Bob Epton
Brigg, Lincolnshire

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