Magazine article The Spectator

Letters

Magazine article The Spectator

Letters

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Why we joined Sir: I was astonished by the assertion made by Wyn Grant (Letters, 21 September) that 'the postwar surge in Conservative party membership was due to people rebuilding their social lives after the war'. Where did that idea come from?

I grew up in south London before and during the war. I recall that social contact increased during the war and friendships made then endured when the war was over. Of course the nature of social activities state.

The basis for our discussions was often provided by the book of political essays entitled One Nation, two of the main contributors to which were Edward Heath and Enoch Powell, who belonged to a group of Conservative MPs who had adopted that name.

John S Burton Cheltenham Shut your Facebook Sir: In her article 'Old friends' (21 Andrew Stibbard Ramsbury The right prescription Sir: Rod Liddle writes a lot of sense about the BMA and e-cigarettes (21 September).

The evidence of the benefit and efficacy of e-cigarettes is growing to the point where registered medical practitioners who advise gradually changed after the war, but the suggestion that most people joined the Conservative party purely for social reasons is wrong. It should be remembered that the Labour party's clause 4 was central to their policy commitments and Clement Attlee's government embarked on a major programme of nationalisation. Many people like me joined the party largely because we did not want to live in a progressively socialist September) Carola Binney raises a good point about how Facebook makes it very difficult to escape the embarrassments of your past. She mentions days spent deleting old comments and photos, though I'm intrigued to hear why she doesn't just delete her account altogether.

I have recently deleted mine and it feels a lot better than one might expect, not least because when conversing with someone about some recent news or gossip, it really is actual news or gossip, rather than the clumsy reignition of some memory already garnered from a screen somewhere at some time in the past. There's no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

the spectator | 28 september 2013 | www. spectator. co. uk not regard a railway engineer as a type of scientist. Having practised variously as a physicist, in the offshore industry, and as a railway engineer, I can point you towards the Institute of Physics' affiliation to the UK Engineering Council as evidence in rebuttal.

An engineer must first of all be a technologist. Technology is the science of artefacts. However, an engineer must be more than that and command a knowledge of economics, law, accounting and finance. …

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