Boris Johnson is no clown and this is not a circus

Photograph: Alastair Grant/PA

Emmanuel Macron’s description of Boris Johnson (Macron privately called Boris Johnson a ‘clown’, says French magazine, 2 December) is grossly insulting to clowns. They are engaged in a serious profession; Johnson isn’t.
Prof Bob Brecher
Brighton

• I would like to point out that “circus” is not the appropriate translation for “cirque” in this context (despite the misleading reference to the “clown”); “shambles” or “madhouse” would be more to the point.
Jean-Pierre Hingamp
Montreuil-le-Gast, France

Boris Johnson can hardly deny that last year’s Christmas gathering at No 10 was a “party” (Johnson under growing pressure over No 10 parties during lockdown last year, 1 December). I mean, they had a clown and everything.
Chris Webster
Gümligen, Switzerland

• Re the “boozy party” in No 10 on 18 December last year, as a Covid response team doctor making home visits, I attended several lonesome “gasping for breath” parties that day.
Denis Jackson
Glasgow

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