How the Wright brothers got left behind

From John Tippler. Sir, Philip Delves Broughton holds up the Wright brothers as exemplars of a type from which innovators of the future might be sought

The rebirth of Youngstown, a city left for dead

From Eric Planey. Sir, It was much to my surprise that Charles Leadbeater used my native town of Youngstown, Ohio, as an analogy for what a collapsing city looks like in wake of London’s feared demise post-Brexit

Extra fiscal benefits behind Scotland’s disproportionate deficit

From Neil R Allan. Sir, David Simpson attacks the economic policies for Scotland of successive unionist governments

Please be vigilant when speaking of mental illness

From J Anthony Boeckh. Sir, I want to draw your attention to the egregiously inappropriate use of the word ‘schizophrenia’ in the last paragraph of Fatima Bhutto’s article ‘Pakistan’s obsession with dishonour is fatal for women’

Such cruelty to sturgeon

From Cecilia Grayson. Sir, Andrew Eames, in ‘Postcard from New Brunswick’, tells us that the eggs that will mature into caviar are surgically removed from the female sturgeon, which is then stitched up again

London was not a member of the Hanseatic League

From Jens Tholstrup. Sir, In a very thoughtful article on possible futures for London post-Brexit

Soylent’s ‘unfortunate’ link to unwitting cannibalism

From Henry Wessells. Sir, I was appalled to find that Tom Braithwaite did not delve a little further into the origins of the name of Rob Rhinehart’s product, Soylent

Food shared with others is nourishment for the soul

From Arline Gaujal Kempler. Sir, No doubt on account of his age — 27 — Rob Rhinehart must be forgiven for his radical and “self-taught” opinion on food, which he would like us to swallow as efficiently as his liquid meal in a bottle

Structure for governance reform is already in place

From Martin Webster. Sir, Guy Jubb (Letters, July 27) criticises the legal duty of directors to promote the success of their company, but makes no suggestion for what to put in its place

It seems Corbyn missed one or two things

From Marek Wakar. Sir, Janan Ganesh’s broad attack (Comment, July 26) on Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to learn from the 20th century’s “extended rebuttal” of his “economic and foreign policy” is more convincing than Peter Cave’s narrow points of defence (Letters, July 27)

New centre party speculations may prove prophetic

From Peter Wagstaff. Sir, Henry Mance’s speculations (July 27) about a new centre party taking shape in the UK may prove prophetic

Labour loyalists seek an unblinkered candidate

From Amit A Pandya. Sir, Janan Ganesh (“Disillusioned Corbyn backers deserve no sympathy”, July 26) makes the mistake of accepting both Labour factions’ narrative that ideology is the issue

The English simply won’t settle for having no say

From Alex McAuley. Sir, There is at least one major problem with the so-called “Norwegian model” for Brexit as proposed by Jim Gallagher in “Sturgeon and May must balance party and country” (July 27)

Construction industry’s low carbon commitment

From Melanie Leech, Dr Diana Montgomery et al. Sir, The UK has always been a global leader in tackling climate change, both unilaterally and within the EU

No possibility that leaving will cut off trade with EU

From Dermot Glynn. Sir, Jim Gallagher, in “Sturgeon and May must balance party and country” (July 27), makes two assertions that should not go unchallenged

Central banks continue down Greenspan’s road

From Dr Niccolo Caldararo. Sir, Recent concerns about pensions given low returns on bonds and gilts/Treasuries (“Brexit piles pressure on overstretched pensions”, July 18) are ironic in light of the report on Treasuries by Alan Greenspan in 2001 when he was Fed chairman

Be reassured by the Turks’ democratic reflex

From Tayfun Özkan. Sir, Although your editorial “Turkey faces risk of institutional collapse” (July 22) points to the obvious fact that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “must avoid confrontation and work to rebuild unity”, you fail to grasp and relay the true situation in Turkey and the sincere feelings of the people of Turkey

Playing catch-up

From Maarten van Hasselt. Sir, You report on your front page that Americans are no longer the tallest people in the world (“Dutch men and Latvian women enjoy the best view of global growth spurt”, July 26)

Lowering UK interest rates would be pointless

From Prof R Rothschild. Sir, There are strong grounds for believing that to heed calls for a reduction in UK interest rates would be quite pointless and possibly damaging

Let companies lobby for reform in India

From Ritha Khemani. Sir, I appreciate the reminder from Gaurav Dalmia on the unfinished business in India (“Reform in India is unfinished business”, July 25)

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