first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian During the last two years of lies and smears it’s been encouraging that the Guardian always accurately reported on what I had said. It came as a shock therefore to read Gaby Hinsliff’s column (23 May) claiming that I said Hitler was a Zionist. Fortunately this was overshadowed by Sky News reporter Jon Craig’s claim that I had a pet newt called Adolf. Did Gaby just not bother to check?Ken LivingstoneLondon• My grandfather (b1896, d1986) was a Sheffield surgeon before surgical staples were in common use; he used sutures. So, he had no problem with his newspaper falling apart (How the humble stapler came to a reader’s aid, Open Door, 28 May); he sutured that too, every morning over breakfast. Mind you it was the Telegraph, not the Guardian.Dr Cathie SudlowEdinburgh• I suggest the Guardian offers long-armed staplers as an incentive to every new subscriber.Steven BurkemanYork • The cricketer Dom Bess, at age 20, is identified as potentially the youngest spinner to play for England (Sport, 23 May). Brian Close was considerably younger at 18 years 149 days when selected in 1949.Keith StapyltonBracknall, Berkshire• The idea that England cricketers are capable of batting to order surely flies in the face of all evidence (Spot-fixing investigation, 29 May).John BoldLondon• “Cheers drive” remains the krek Bristle way to thank the driver when getting off the bus in our city (Letters, 29 May).Mick BeebyBristol• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Ken Livingstone Brief letters Share on Messenger letters Road transport Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Cricket The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more