Anthony Trollope’s take on London policing is still relevant today | Brief letters

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In his 1871 novel The Eustace Diamonds, Anthony Trollope says of the London police that “the force had been spoken of as drones and moles and ostriches. They were idle and blind, and so stupid as to think that, when they saw nothing, others saw less.” Plus ça change (Civil servants and No 10 advisers furious over single fine for Boris Johnson, 19 May).
Brenda Gregg
Kardamyli, Greece

• In declaring that Boris Johnson “just rewrote the script”, is Sir Charles Walker MP trying to match Winston Churchill’s euphemistic reference to terminological inexactitude (Don’t condemn just our lying PM: save some anger for the cowards who enabled him, 20 May)?
Geoff Reid

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