With the impact that Brexit is having on our mental health (‘A swell of real despair’, G2, 4 April), is Brexiety now costing the NHS more than £350m a week?
Ardentinny, Argyll and Bute
• That great Irish prophet of Brexit, William Butler Yeats, put it thus: “The best lack all conviction while the worst are all passionate intensity.” That the centre may not hold is the nightmare that Europe must not dismiss.
• Shame to omit the original poll tax protester (Stripped: a history of nude protests, G2, 3 April): Lady Godiva.
• Perhaps James Corden should have tried opera (Larger actors miss out on romantic roles, says James Corden, 2 April). On Saturday we saw a very large Siegmund kissing and cuddling with Sieglinde. But he would need the right voice: I remember the bass-baritone Ian Wallace on Radio 4’s My Music saying ruefully “the tenor always gets the girl”.
West Kirby, Wirral
• Martyn Thomas asks how we could tell if AI had developed consciousness (Letters, 4 April). An Edinburgh University students’ magazine in 1973 answered this question in a two-frame cartoon. In the first frame a boffin presses his robot’s on switch to set it to work. In the second frame the robot presses its off switch.
• Wednesday 3 April. My favourite day of the week. And Clare is missing from your Society pages! How can you ruin my day like that?
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