When I was a child my father used to say: “If, when you grow up, you pay a lot of tax, be glad. It means you’ve earned a lot of money.” Perhaps Nadhim Zahawi could take some comfort from that (Nadhim Zahawi to pay millions in tax after dispute over family finances, 15 January).
When my sister and I stayed with our grandma in the late 1940s, there was no bathroom in the house, just a bowl in the kitchen sink. We were stripped off, given a hot soapy flannel and told to “wash up as far as possible, wash down as far as possible, and then wash possible” (Letters, 16 January).
Re the wartime disappearance of the Madonna painting (French city believes Madonna may own artwork lost in war – and asks for loan, 17 January), did it never occur to the authorities to search the Café René Artois?
I think the poorest people know that the system is rigged against them (Poorer people in UK feel system ‘rigged against them’, says Penny Mordaunt, 17 January).
Market Drayton, Shropshire
A publisher says Boris Johnson’s forthcoming memoir will be “like no other” (Report, 16 January). Graham Chapman was never prime minister, but he did publish A Liar’s Autobiography in 1980.
Will there be any more new releases in the Harry Plotter series (Digested week, 13 January)?