Why are the bookies, ” the workers are rated to lose | Brief letters

While considering that it may take Laurence Robertson MP almost a month to earn the £5 166 he was received in hospitality (Bookmakers woo Mps amid fears about problem gambling, 2 January), readers might want to examine the possibility that an employee of one of the top of the street of paris would need to work for four months to earn the same amount. Like many retail employees, they do not receive any additional remuneration for working hours and holidays. Peter LoganGlossop, Derbyshire

• Re plural (Letters, 30 December), when complaining of his specifications in his 80’s, my mother-in-law said: “The right len is very good: it is the left len, which is the problem.” David RobertsExeter

• After reading Harriet Sherwood’s article in Saturday’s Guardian on the desperate shortage of priests in the Roman Catholic church, I put on my thinking cap, to see if I could find an answer. And then it struck me. Why not provide employment for the women as for the men, like all other employers? Geoff CliftonSolihull, West Midlands

• Order of local rides will be “significantly cheaper” as a result of driverless cars (Notice of January 2)? In your dreams.Jan WiczkowskiManchester

• On Tuesday morning, with the temperature well below zero degrees centigrade, our postman was wearing shorts. Could it be an austerity driven cloth cutting exercise?Pete DoreyBath, Somerset

• In comparison with the noise and the fury of social media, the Guardian, the letters columns are a great example of reasoned and lively debate and discussion. Surely there is a case for devoting more space to readers ‘ letters in 2017. In the age of the Trumpet, they will be more necessary than ever.Keith Flett London

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