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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK

If only our Tory philistines would learn from Germany

Dancer of the Berlin State Ballet (Staatsballett Berlin) perform during the dress rehearsal of Don Quixote in a production choreographed by Victor Ullate, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Deutsche Oper opera house in Berlin, Germany, December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
The Berlin State Ballet rehearsing Don Quixote in Berlin last year. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

I envy the imaginative gifts of €200 “culture vouchers” that several European countries, most recently Germany, give to their young people (Report, 15 November). The €100m German initiative would be alien to our philistine Tory government – it would rather waste £30bn in wrecking the economy.
Catherine Roome
Staplehurst, Kent

• I’ve regularly commented on David Squires’ cartoons online, but after the last few of his works I felt moved to write a letter. The Qatar series is an astonishing piece of graphic journalism – made all the more moving for being presented in Mr Squires’ style, which is more associated with niche comedy. Thank you for publishing it.
John De la Cruz

• When I was a child, I had a book of Aesop’s Fables, now sadly lost. Each had a moral attached, and one I have always remembered is that it is not generous to give what is useless to yourself. Jeff Bezos donating $100m easily falls into this category (All hail Jeff Bezos the philanthropist! The rest of us will just keep paying our taxes, 15 November).
Steve Andrews
Leatherhead, Surrey

• I’m surprised that when extolling the virtues of Manchester’s cultural life (Lonely Planet selects Manchester as top travel destination for 2023, 16 November), your report did not mention the world-class Bridgewater Hall, with its two orchestras – Hallé and BBC Philharmonic.
Patrick Beesley
Crewe, Cheshire

• Could we please be told which cricket expert decided that England should play a one-day series a few days after the T20 final?
Peter Brooker
West Wickham, London

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