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)

Ignoring (or mocking) EU is a members-only luxury

From Owen Kelly. Sir, Jim Brunsden and Alex Barker, in “City of London eyes ‘equivalence’ as post-Brexit link with EU” (July 26), make the point that relating to the EU on the basis of “equivalence” will be much more time-consuming and complicated than what the City is used to

Nigeria’s plan to clean up the oil-polluted delta is not ambitious enough

From Michael Street. Sir, It seems like only yesterday that Nigeria was the “darling” of investors in Africa, Nigerians were the second-highest consumers of champagne (after the French) and luxury car dealers were opening swanky showrooms in Lagos and Abuja

A successful industrial strategy will use both carrots and sticks

From Richard Kozul-Wright. Sir, Sir Geoff Owen, in “Industrial strategy — a long and unhappy story” (July 21), states in categorical terms that “the history of state intervention is a disappointing one”

Such short-sightedness over apprenticeship levy

From Alison Wolf. Sir, The employers pushing for abandonment or delay of the apprenticeship levy (report, July 25) fail entirely to acknowledge why the UK needs one

Abolish CGT exemption — and with it inheritance tax

From Dipankar Ghosh. Sir, Your report (July 26) on the National Audit Office’s call for scrutiny of the capital gains tax exemption for a taxpayer’s main home raises the question of why the exemption survives at all

Annual land value tax is a virtuous circle

From Carol Wilcox. Sir, There is no capital gain to be had with houses, except for those of outstanding artistic merit (“Homeowners’ £18bn-a-year tax relief criticised”, July 26)

The biggest pest of all

From Giles Dixon. Sir, Further to “Possums and rats on borrowed time in huge pest cull” (July 26): if the prime minister of New Zealand wants to eradicate all non-native predators in his country by 2050, what is he planning to do with the humans?

Labour migration creates rich-poor divide

From Tony Thirlwall. Sir, I normally agree with Wolfgang Münchau but I disagree with him when he says that the eurozone ‘needs free movement [of labour] as a macroeconomic stabiliser — with people moving from countries with high unemployment to those with a shortage of labour’

Boris Johnson is the man to establish a valuable relationship with China

From Dr Hugo de Burgh. Sir, The appointment of the UK’s new foreign secretary was greeted by some with sneers or cynicism

Governance reforms must address root causes of corporate failures

From Guy Jubb. Sir, The findings of the parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of BHS lend unambiguous momentum to UK prime minister Theresa May’s promise to introduce reforms over excessive boardroom pay

The almighty earthquake that will never happen

From Derek Wyatt. Sir, The logic of Jon Cruddas’s article is that, should Jeremy Corbyn be re-elected as leader, then those Labour MPs who do not support him should resign from the party

Labour’s serious problems don’t include Brexit vote

From Judith Martin. Sir, Jon Cruddas (‘After Brexit, the Labour party peers over the edge’, July 25) says the vote for Brexit was an English working-class insurrection

Important corrective was introduced under Blair

From Simon Howley. Sir, Philip Augar is hardly fair to the Blair government when he says that a shift in the corporate ethos towards stakeholders was scarcely heard of once Tony Blair was in office

It seems Corbyn was right about one or two things

From Peter Cave. Sir, Maybe Janan Ganesh and I live in different worlds. According to Mr Ganesh, the 20th century has provided an ‘extended rebuttal’ of Jeremy Corbyn’s views on economics and foreign policy

Responsibility is not the preserve of banks

From Simon Chan. Sir, The collapse of BHS and the subsequent autopsy of responsibility reinforces why I believe the Senior Managers Regime should not be restricted to our financial services industry

Arm’s acquisition won’t help our growth strategy

From Nico Macdonald. Sir, The acquisition of Arm Holdings by SoftBank has very broad ramifications for UK research and development



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