Consider why the Danes decided as they did

From Mark Lenczner. Sir, Bo Lidegaard refers to alleged ‘global outrage’ at the decision of the democratically elected government in Denmark to introduce a ‘jewellery law’ on asylum seekers who wish to receive state benefits

Asylum seekers’ equal treatment with citizens

From Frede Vestergaard. Sir, Bo Lidegaard, executive editor-in-chief of the Copenhagen newspaper Politiken, has taken abroad the campaign of his newspaper against the so-called jewellery law passed by a broad majority in Denmark last month, including the Social democrats

Tricky legal position on diplomatic immunity

From Sir Brian Barder. Sir, It’s worrying that assorted sheikhs and other uninvited guests in London are increasingly claiming diplomatic immunity from prosecution or civil suits in the English courts when they are clearly not diplomats

Brady’s is best argument so far in favour of Brexit

From Laurie Elks. Sir, It may well be that Karren Brady has unwittingly supplied the best argument to date for leaving the EU

Troublesome mortgage payments then and now

From William Claxton-Smith. Sir, Jonathan Guthrie, in ‘Young bankers will always want to live in London, however expensive it is’, recounts that junior bankers are citing high rents as a reason for their being paid a bonus

The inflation gap no party will commit to closing

From Trevor Pateman. Sir, Michael Romberg crafts a careful case for a zero inflation target in a context where achieving it ought to be a cakewalk — but for one thing

Dangerous belief on which to base support of Trump

From John V Orth. Sir, What is so ominous about Gillian Tett’s conversation with ‘Frank’, an affluent Republican businessman who is supporting Donald Trump, is that his support is based on the belief that, once in power, Mr Trump would ‘be pragmatic’

Philosophy’s important role in gene technologies

From Prof Ray Kinsella. Sir, In ‘Rewriting our genes will bring benefits for us all’, John Harris cites Nobel laureate David Baltimore’s view that rewriting DNA, including the insertion of new elements into the genome, raise ‘deep and disturbing questions’

$170.4m gets you a lot of airmiles on an Amex card

From Shauneen Henrick. Sir, The FT’s Lunch with Wang Wei was terrific. I especially liked reading that her husband, Liu Yiqian, ‘bought a Ming dynasty porcelain cup at auction for $36.3m, paying with his American Express card’

Chardonnay ought to have merited a mention

From Mark Archer. Sir, Wasn’t the elephant in the dining room at your Lunch with the FT the extravagant price — £26 — paid for two glasses of chardonnay?

Engineering? You’re better off becoming a banker

From R D V Kite. Sir, Mr McDonald’s son is wasting his time in obtaining an engineering degree and should change to being a banker or accountant for greater success

Pension taxation needs to account for the Gordon Brown raid

From Tim Shepherd. Sir, David Robbins’ letter ‘Pensions: start by taxing income once, not twice’ appears to omit, as do many of your columnists, a significant aspect of pension taxation: the 20 per cent tax charge on dividends paid to shares held in Isas and pensions — the so-called Gordon Brown raid on pensions

Feminists should welcome new single-tier pension

From Jane Fuller. Sir, The UK parliamentary debate about raising the state pension age for women seems to assume that every woman affected is up in arms

How truly elevated are the great and good

From Anita Kelly. Sir, Unless all 2500 of them arrived by helicopter, it is a sign of how truly great ‘the great and the good’ are that they defy gravity to ‘descend’ on Davos

Savour your joys and so become yet more human

From Delia Skan,

Fortnum & Mason still holds the Royal Warrant

From Ewan Venters. Sir, Do you know something we don’t? In your report about Christmas trading for retailers, you assert that Fortnum & Mason was ‘until recently the royal grocer’

A fairer view of the Italian banking system

From Giovanni Sabatini. Sir, I think that criticism can be a stimulus to better address problems only when based on objective data and evidence

Taking ‘fair share of tax’ to its logical conclusion

From Alan Pink. Sir, Tax avoidance is clearly an emotive subject, but logic should surely be applied to the issue?

So it’s true about the EU and the unambitious

From John Murray. Sir, In his letter urging US technology companies to ‘pay their taxes’, Jonathan Young makes what he describes as ‘two important points’

No better way to start your New York day

From Anthony Silverman. Sir, I share Michael Skapinker’s love of New York, and his criticisms of it



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