Yesterday you reported the demonstration by contract cleaners paid five quid an hour at Goldman Sachs; Gordon Brown welcoming raw market globalisation; and the OECD patting Britain on the back for keeping inflation down by using cheap labour - immigrants, older people and women. Just why should anyone who is low-paid or who has any solidarity with low-paid workers ever vote for New Labour or its prime minister-in-waiting?
Following the many stories about Polly Toynbee as Tory guru (Comment, November 29), I asked the Conservative leader of Surrey council for extra copies of the Guardian in the members' room. His answer: "One copy is too much anyway." Surely he is ignoring the health and safety implications. Imagine the scenes as ex-MP Cllr Terry Dicks ("living proof that a pig's bladder on a stick can get elected to parliament" - Tony Banks) and other "liberal" Tories fight over our one copy of the Guardian.
Surrey county council
Yesterday I picked seven kilos of ripe figs from my tree (Letters, passim).
A frog on the front door step last week, a red admiral butterfly in the lane at the start of the week, and a cowslip flowering in the rose bed; has nature really gone mad, or has the Guardian correspondence made us all more observant?
No wrapping paper by Christo (Letters, November 29)?