It's sad David Starkey's career has ended this way but the fallout sends a clear message that racism will not be tolerated

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David Starkey is described in the letter as someone holding 'profoundly racist views': Getty
David Starkey is described in the letter as someone holding 'profoundly racist views': Getty

I am sorry to tell David Starkey that he brought all this furore on himself. Whatever possessed this highly educated man to utter such vile comments?

I agree with Sajid Javid and David Olusoga that this mind-set is extremely worrying and disturbing and should be called out, as it widely has been. It is sad to finish an illustrious career like this, but this widespread condemnation is encouraging and sends out an irrefutable message that such casual and dire racist comments will not be tolerated.

He is the only son of Quaker parents and this movement was strong in the fight against slavery so that in itself is a further indictment.

Judith A Daniels
Cobholm, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Confused reader

I am fairly certain that Keith Jacques in yesterday’s Letters is slightly confused over how this country has dug itself into such a hole domestically and our obligations internationally.

Firstly, the housing shortage has nothing to do with immigration - we simply have not been building enough houses. I must emphasise, cheap housing, not mansions, we have plenty of them.

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Everything's a game to Boris

After months of preparation and practice Boris Johnson has announced our national strategy for dealing with Covid-19 is like a game of Whack-a Mole! He gleefully uses the phrase at every opportunity rather like a 5-year-old who has just learned a new rude word.

The game itself, as most know, relies on a clear focus, fast reactions, anticipation of events and accurate strikes - interestingly almost a complete list of the inadequacies and deficiencies of our government in the Covid-19 crisis. As we continue into an uncertain future I am more confident about the safety of the mole population than that of their human equivalent.

John Dillon
Northfield, Birmingham

Meaningless gesture

I don't believe that Keith Jacques (Letters) has to worry about three million people coming from Hong Kong to this country. Apart from them probably preferring to travel to Canada or Australia, I'm pretty certain that the UK government knew exactly what the Chinese response would be - that they would move to block citizens leaving the region and this was purely another of Boris Johnson's grand meaningless gestures that looked good on a world stage but would in effect amount to nothing. Another in his growing list of empty promises

Steve Lawrence

Takes one to know one

In his Independence Day speech, on land sacred to native Americans, Trump calls his opponents fascists. This from the president who tear-gassed peaceful protesters, his fellow citizens, all so he could pose for a photo in front of a church.

Well, takes one to know one, I guess. No mention of the hundreds of his fellow citizens he is killing every day by not opposing Covid-19.

Ian Henderson
Norwich, Norfolk

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