SIR - According to Alan Bates (T&A letters, November 16) I am a woolly-minded virtue signaller who believes that giving free school meals to needy children is wrong.

It may have escaped his notice however that children do not choose their parents and they should not be penalised for their mothers' and fathers' failings.

He also says he is not mean minded but concludes his letter by asking if it is right that the state pay for those meals when the family is sitting at home watching Netflix.

Mr Bates would do well to consider St Paul’s advice to the Corinthians. He told them in his first epistle that despite understanding all mysteries and having all knowledge, without charity such virtues are as nothing.

Brian Holmans, Langley Road, Bingley