Pre-crash comparisons are inappropriate for Ireland

From Brendan Howlin. Sir, Your editorial ‘Ireland should beware a return to boom and bust’ over-eggs the pudding somewhat

No surprise that enforced repeopling from outside Europe should be rejected

From Maciej Olex-Szczytowski. Sir, Henry Foy and Neil Buckley fill a whole page on post-communist Europe’s attitudes to migration without touching the core underpinnings

Foreign-owned companies may indeed account for 63 per cent of UK’s GDP

From John Joisce. Sir, In his effort to disprove the arguments of Andrew Fraser regarding the size of the UK economy that is generated by foreign-owned companies, Rod Price tells us to do the maths

Alaric the Disgruntled brought down Rome

From David Potter. Sir, It is disturbing that Mark Rutte should be analysing current crises on the basis of a false historical analogy

We Americans just have way too much stuff

From Charlie Cump. Sir, Harvey Clark Greisman (Letters, November 27) is spot on: Americans drive SUVs because they have so much accumulated stuff to haul around

Resolution does not tell us UN’s position

From Prof Christopher Prendergast. Sir, Your editorial on the UK prime minister’s proposal to join the bombing of Isis, displays exemplary lucidity before collapsing into vacuous non sequitur

An example of the ‘something must be done’ school of foreign policy

From Guy Wroble. Sir, It is not often that one gets to read a woolly-headed editorial in the FT but your call for the UK to begin bombing Isis in Syria (November 28) is surely one of these

Looking after a classic car is enormously expensive

From Michael Stapleton. Sir, As a great admirer of Warren Buffett but also a lover of classic cars, I was intrigued by your report ‘Miles ahead’

Closing the tax loophole is just the beginning

From Trineesh Biswas. Sir, US tax reform might close the loophole Pfizer sought to exploit by acquiring Allergan and reincorporating in Ireland

Greek banks have been successfully recapitalised

From Anthimos Thomopoulos. Sir, ‘Piraeus capital raising earns banks €80m’ tells less than half the story of an extraordinarily positive development

Scintillating milestones will continue to inspire

From Kaamil Ansar. Sir, In a discussion of unbeaten winning streaks in sports, I would include Jahangir Khan’s run of 555 matches over five and a half years in squash

Holm–Douglas comparison is misguided

From Mark Krajnak. Sir, Jurek Martin’s comparison of Holly Holm to Buster Douglas is misguided

Marxism and the Fed is indeed frightening

From Bernhard Schnellmann. Sir, Reading John Dizard is always amazing

First step on the road to losing equal rights

From Carl Nisser. Sir, Albyn Austin is asking if those of us over 65 should have the right to vote on whether or not Britain should continue to be a member of the EU

A whole lot of nonsense

From Theo McKibbin Malins-Smith. Sir, How depressing

The complex situation

From Jonathan Notley. Sir, I applaud Robert Shrimsley’s Notebook column ‘Cameron’s cunning plan for bombing Isis in Syria’

Good for the Treasury — but maybe not for the UK

From Prabhu Guptara. Sir, I wonder if the impact of George Osborne’s strategy has really been calculated

Ireland is not immune to populist politics

From Martin Power. Sir, Your editorial ‘Ireland should beware a return to boom and bust’ about Ireland’s finances misses a crucial element; namely, the electoral cycle

Austen’s rightly named epitome of the gentleman

From Alan Locke. Sir, surely the best gentleman in the whole oeuvre of Jane Austen is the rightly named Mr Knightley, in ‘Emma’

Reykjavik perfect for a pre-Christmas jaunt

From Rachel Hall. Sir, John Boothman’s letter was perhaps a little unkind



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