God’s forgiveness | Essex towns | Corduroy trousers | Pronunciations | Rebutted or refuted?
While I agree with Giles Fraser (Loose canon, 17 November) that God’s forgiveness is offered freely, whatever the sin, there is a proviso. The sinner must acknowledge their sin and ask for forgiveness. With the forgiveness comes God’s instruction: “Go, and sin no more.”
• Decca Aitkenhead, interviewing Michelle Dockery in last Saturday’s Weekend magazine, told us the Downton Abbey actress came from “the Essex town of Chadwell Heath”. That’s rather like describing Brighton as a Sussex fishing village or Stratford International as the gateway to Paris and Europe. The northern part of Barking and Dagenham was swallowed by London’s postwar urban sprawl and officially left Essex in 1964.