Cabinet appointment | Claire’s Knee | Bonfires and hedgehogs | Ergodic disambiguation | Thought for the Day

I would like to reassure readers that Sir Humphrey would have enthusiastically approved the appointment of Gavin Williamson as defence secretary. In his opinion, the ideal ministerial appointee should have little or no previous knowledge of his new brief. Another triumph for the prime minister!
Jonathan Lynn
London

• Plainly it is time for Éric Rohmer’s film Claire’s Knee to be reissued. Roughly speaking, this involves a male protagonist becoming obsessed by a need to touch Claire on her knee, but only if and when he can do so and not create offence. The film ends when that moment arrives.
RJ Ellis
Derby

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