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Thank goodness for Stephen McGinty’s “deconstruction” of the “festive humbug,” the TV ads (Perspective, 15 November).

However, it can be asked: Are these blockbuster “multimillion-pound ads” essential?

What if we would choose to buy presents for Christmas anyway, making redundant advertising on this lavish scale?

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Wouldn’t it be a turn-up if the effects of Mad Men are over-exaggerated while “free will” is alive and kicking?

Ellis Thorpe

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