When is killing a deer the right thing to do? | Brief letters


George Monbiot says on killing a deer: “If, I reasoned, we believe something is right, we should be prepared to do it ourselves” (I shot a deer – I still believe it was the ethical thing to do, Journal, 19 February). I believe it is right that my house is connected to mains sewerage, that I am represented by politicians in parliament, and that the country maintains efficient armed forces. None of these are something I have any intention of being actively involved in.
Steve Sheppardson
Bromley, London

As one of the many thousands of UCU members taking action over declining wages, pay inequality, casualisation and excessive workloads (Report, 21 February), I can confirm that universities are eagerly attempting to break the strike. What’s the next class of mine that the university is drafting staff in to cover? Marx on exploitation …
Dr Tom O’Shea
University of Roehampton

In the wake of moves to possibly scrap the TV licence fee and replace it with a subscription system (Report, 15 February), perhaps the government should consider the same option for financing the royals.
Malcolm Rivers
Isleworth, London

Bryan Sowerby’s granddaughter will undoubtedly succeed in her school satsumas (Letters, 21 February) if she approaches them with zest, makes pithy observations and avoids fleshing out her answers.
Peter J Negri
Norfolk

Margaret Waddy wonders if XR spared Newton’s apple tree on principle (Letters, 19 February). I suspect that they realised the gravity of such a crime.
Martin Jones
Eastbourne

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