Our readers on the Tory leadership’s last two and Britain in the heatwave

@Philip Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire:

“SIR – What did the Tory candidates think they would gain from the TV circus? I refused to watch such nonsense because absolutely nothing could be learned about what they would achieve by becoming Prime Minister. Once in power, they would be, like all PMs, devoured by events and all these promises made to their supporters would be forgotten.

@Stephen Luscombe:

“I have to say I didn’t give a damn about Penny Mordaunt but it was clear she at least had charisma, no horrible green social democracy record to uphold and she probably would have appealed beyond the base. Kemi Badenoch would have been the best choice of all, but Tory MPs did not listen to us – their constituents.

“They will be in power for 14 years when they hand over power to Labor and the SNP in two years.”

@Nigel Hindle, Tytherington, Wiltshire:

‘SIR – It’s a tragedy that Kemi Badenoch didn’t make it to the ‘final’ of the leadership race, as she was arguably the Tories’ best and last chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of the electorate at large before the next elections. This is yet another opportunity the party has squandered.

“While the remaining contestants undoubtedly have their talents, they look and sound like the men and women of yesterday, devoid of original ideas and with little to offer an increasingly skeptical audience. Conservatives will come to regret this turn of events because electoral humiliation will follow.”

Britain is on fire

Temperatures hit a record 40C across Britain this week, prompting multiple suggestions from the Met Office on how Britons can stay safe in the heat. In his commentary, Ross Clark criticized the country’s National Weather Service, suggesting that it should only forecast the weather; how people should react is not his job.

Readers shared Mr Clark’s criticisms as they explored the social impact of such hysterical reactions, as well as how the country could better prepare for and respond to extreme heat in the future.

@Christophe Johnson:

“These ridiculous warnings have left many of our city centers empty. What should be perfect weather for driving customers to cafes, restaurants and pubs has been deemed ‘unsafe’ and now they are empty. Hospitality businesses need to suffer – not heat exhaustion.”

Neil from Finchley, London via Briefing WhatsApp group:

“How should Britain better prepare for heat waves? Encourage the installation of air conditioning, including by providing subsidies to beneficiaries such as the elderly and other needy sectors of society. 40C is hot, but many countries handle temperatures like this with relative ease in air conditioning. What is needed here are practical solutions, not discussions of global warming. Discussions can come later.

@Jenny Austen, Great Dunmow, Essex:

“SIR – It seems extraordinary that, when at least half the population travels to very hot climates for their holidays, the authorities seem to panic giving instructions on how to cope. Most sane people will stay indoors, stay hydrated, and wait. Old people should be vetted, but that smacks of nanny mentality.

Boris bids farewell

Boris Johnson received a standing ovation from Tory MPs as he bid farewell to his final Questions to the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Writing for the Telegraph, Sam Ashworth-Hayes praised Mr Johnson’s entertaining performance in the Commons. Readers shared mixed views on Boris Johnson’s tenure as prime minister, with some praising his courage and others saying his premiership will be remembered as wasted potential.

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