The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters

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Scapegoats | Gorbachev | Timpson | Hawthorn | Danny Drinkwater

It is surprising that your stimulating and relevant supplement (Age of rage: the ultimate guide to anger, 11 May) appears to overlook a major effect of anger: scapegoating, ie the displacement of anger from its authentic cause to another target, an innocent or uninvolved victim of the displaced emotion. It is surely key to say something about this pervasive behaviour given its disturbing destructive effects.
Dr Monica Threlfall

• Timothy Garton Ash speaks of “the miraculously non-violent collapse in 1989-91 of a nuclear-armed Russian empire” (The long read, 15 May). This formulation fails completely to acknowledge the role of Gorbachev in the process of change at the time and later. We owe him a lot.
Anthony Rudolf

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