The dreary official rhetoric of the pandemic leaves reader Susan Tomes wondering where the great speech-makers have gone

Amanda Gorman’s inspiring words at President Biden’s inauguration (How Amanda Gorman became the voice of a new American era, 22 January) made me realise how much we in the UK have been missing the kind of public oratory which gives hope and energy.

For nearly a year now, our lives have been constricted and our behaviour controlled by suddenly imposed rules, threats of fines or arrests for not obeying them, and zigzagging commands about what we must or must not do.

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