Protestant ascendancy was not at all Irish | Brief letters

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Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852): not Irish, according to Chris Hughes. Painting by Thomas Lawrence. Photograph: Apic/Getty Images

Being born in Dublin didn’t make the Duke of Wellington Irish (Letters, 6 April). He and his parents belonged to the Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy who’d stolen their land and wealth from Irish Catholics. Their allegiance was to England – and to the empire. They were no more Irish than colonialists in India were Indian.
Chris Hughes
Leicester

• Apropos children being taken out of school in term time for holidays (Report, 7 April): there has been criticism of the parents and of the school authorities, but I have seen little condemnation of the root cause, the hiking of prices during school breaks by the holiday industry. Market forces? The same sacred cow that is behind so many of our problems.
Denis Ahern
Stanford-le-Hope, Essex

• Since when has “Gents (4,4)” become “Men’s room”? (Quick crossword no 14,636). This usage may be infiltrating the metropolis but is non-existent in North Yorkshire.
Gus Pennington
Stokesley, North Yorkshire

• A bit like None John Filsak (Letters, 6 April), I receive postal items with part of the address “London has no county” because this is what I enter when asked to complete a web form that does not believe it is possible not to live in a county.
Rosemary Shewry
London

• Some time ago I was learning the phonetic alphabet and responded to a telephone inquiry asking my name and address by smugly giving the response: “EPTON, that’s Echo, Papa, Tango Oscar, November; initials R, Romeo; A, Alpha.” I subsequently received a letter addressed to Mr Romeo Arthur Epton.
Robert Epton
Brigg, Lincolnshire

• In my home town of Coalville, just before Christmas a baker advertised his seasonal cakes as Xma’s Gateau’x (Report, 3 April).
Dr Valerie Stewart
Wincanton, Somerset

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