SIR – When pavements are strewn with charging leads, how are those pushing prams or buggies, or riding in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters, supposed to get about? When somebody trips over, who will be liable for any injuries?
SIR – The Government appears to have forgotten about disabled people, many of whom rely on wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Most of these require substantial floor modifications. With large battery packs in electric vehicles, will such modifications be possible?
SIR – The Prime Minister is clearly playing to the gallery.
How will the current annual fuel tax, worth £28 billion, be replaced? How will all the subsidies be repaid? Disposal of all the old cars, and their replacement with new electric ones, will not be carbon-neutral.
SIR – When I buy my electric car in 2030, will my non-functioning smart meters have been upgraded so that I can monitor how much power I am using to charge it?
West Malling, Kent
Aid for migrants
SIR – As you report, the cost of accommodating cross-Channel migrants has increased greatly. This is a paradigm instance of something that should be funded from the foreign aid budget. Why is this not being done?
Toast with the most
SIR – My grandmother, born 1895, used to make a version of Nigella’s twice-buttered toast (report, November 18), only her version was twice-toasted too.
A slice of toast was buttered and the buttered side toasted again, before receiving a second buttering. She called it Frizzly Dick, and I understood it had been a Victorian nursery treat.
Gordon Le Pard
SIR – Some time ago, Nigella Lawson told us to poach eggs using espresso cups, a system creating unnecessary washing up. She did not mention the freshness of eggs required.
Now she advises us on how to “slather” butter on to toast. She does not mention the temperature of the butter to allow for it to be spreadable.
And then there’s the problem of toast crumbs returning to the butter pack…
SIR – I have made bread for 40 years, and noticed that the loaf tin in which Nigella put the dough could not have produced the loaf used for toast. The sides of the tin sloped; the loaf did not.
Slices from a loaf with straight sides fit best in a toaster. To bake bread I use a thick foil container that once contained a turkey joint.
Duke as transformer
SIR – In his fascinating and timely article “What makes a truly great prime minister?” (Features, November 18), Iain Dale makes one curious judgment. He describes the Duke of Wellington as a great commander but adds that “as a politician he arguably failed to change the climate”, that is, he was “not transformational”.
But Wellington was prime minister when the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed in 1829, enabling Catholics for the first time to vote, sit as MPs, take degrees, in short become full citizens. This was certainly transformational for them.
Lady Antonia Fraser