Time to retreat from mis-steps on energy policy

From David Henderson. Sir, Two columns by FT writers present an instructive contrast. Martin Wolf, in ‘Big energy decisions are best taken by government, not the market’ argues that major areas of policy, including energy and transport, have to be made subject to ‘public policy decisions’, rather than ‘decentralised market processes’

Religion and patriarchy followed in nature’s path

From Mary Kenny. Sir, In her review of The Fate of Gender by Frank Browning, Emma Jacobs quotes the author thus: ‘Where religion and patriarchy once defined men as the people who naturally run businesses, lead governments and make war, we have been forced to examine what it means to be a man and to be a woman — and for a growing slice of humanity to refuse to be either.’

Springsteen conveys his anger with band’s aid

From Munich, Germany. Sir, David Honigmann’s excellent article about the song ‘Born in the USA’ suggests in its last paragraph that Bruce Springsteen now only performs this song acoustically so that its angry message is harder for politicians and others to miss

Admiration runs deep for a great photographer

From Narjit Gill. Sir, As an enthusiastic amateur of black and white photography who has always done his own darkroom printing and as an admirer of the work of Don McCullin, I was fascinated to read the At Home interview

Adoption forgotten amid Indian surrogacy debate

From Madhav Acharya. Sir, As proud new parents of a three-year-old girl, we are disappointed that your report on India’s new surrogacy law does not once mention the word “adoption”

Use qualifications to find a good job overseas

From PG Coultas. Sir, Can I suggest to your correspondents Julia and James Devlin that their offspring use the great qualifications obtained from UK universities to the best advantage: find a good job abroad

Leaders must focus on protecting refugees’ rights

From Kate Allen. Sir, I am dismayed at your suggestion that the international definition of a refugee needs narrowing (“Rethink asylum rules for age of mass movement”, Editorial, September 21)

We must better address the source of inequality

From Harish Tulsi. Sir, Branko Milanovic (“Putting a number on global inequality is long overdue”, Comment, September 19) only briefly mentions a vital distinction between fighting inequality and fighting poverty

Upbeat Lib Dems give voice to Brexit doubters

From Louise Rowntree. Sir, Sebastian Payne’s gloomy picture of the Liberal Democrat party and its EU pledge (Instant Insight, FT.com September 20) makes me question if we were at the same, sunny, Brighton conference

Perils of growth forecasts in wake of Brexit vote

From Prof Costas Milas. Sir, Chris Giles (“Brexit vote to hit harder but later, says OECD”, September 22) notes that the OECD had to revise its Brexit forecasts for the UK’s growth only a few months after it issued a pre-referendum damaging warning on the UK economy

Why criticism of FOBTs needs to be played down

From Malcolm George. Sir, The UK pub industry laments the fall in revenue from gaming machines and cites the biggest reason as fixed-odds betting terminals in betting shops (“Fruit machines nudged out by ‘crack cocaine of gambling’”, September 20)

Fighting to remain in the EU is not a lost cause

From Hugo Dixon. Sir, Martin Wolf is right that there is no habitable halfway house between EU membership and “hard Brexit” (“May limbers up for a hard Brexit”, September 21). This makes it more important we fight to stay in the EU

Britain faces tough trade negotiations after EU withdrawal

From Andrew Duff. Sir, Martin Wolf (“May limbers up for a hard Brexit”, Comment, September 21) is correct to identify as critical the crafting of an interim arrangement to tide the UK over after it leaves the EU until a new trade settlement can be reached with its erstwhile partners

Tax liabilities need to be transparent and certain

From Simon Walker. Sir, Like Philip Stephens, I believe the perception that big multinationals are cheating on their tax liabilities is damaging capitalism (“How to save capitalism from capitalists”, Comment, September 16)

Grammar schools benefit individuals — and society

From WK Hardwick. Sir, I cannot understand all this nonsense about equating the return of grammar schools with social mobility (“Matters to assess if grammar schools return”, Letters, September 20)