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Someone should ask Philip Hammond, a former secretary of state for defence, exactly which bombs Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t supply to the army (Report, 4 May). It’s the RAF that uses bombs (in the absence of naval aircraft capable of this, due to the Tories scrapping them).
• Viv Groskop comments wittily on the absence of a word for “privacy”, in the sense of “personal space”, in Russian (G2, 3 May), though it’s worth mentioning it’s well equipped with terms related to “spaciousness”. But are any other languages different? Neither French nor German seem to have convenient word for that meaning of “privacy”. Maybe it’s an English sort of thing.
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