Brown saddled us with huge debt
So, Gordon Brown did not leave a "deep economic mire", according to Chris Lymn ("PM confused on deficit and debt", Mailbox, February 23).
While I accept his leadership in securing the banks was admirable, his big idea domestically to see us through the recession was to create 250,000 public sector jobs.
The result of this was to saddle us with more public sector debt and an annual deficit, at the time of his leaving, of almost £160 billion.
While we have an annual deficit, public debt will continue to rise each year.
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This will only cease when the country stops spending more than it takes in tax receipts.
The annual deficit is still too high, but by the end of 2011-12 it had at least reduced to £121 billion.
Had Labour had been allowed to continue along its reckless path of expanding the state to ever more unsustainable levels, I suspect it would have been a whole lot higher.
As regards the wealthy no longer dodging their tax responsibilities, I am sure we would all say amen to that.
What a pity Mr Brown sat on his hands while the tax-dodging continued.
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Surely what is now required is a downgrade of Mr Osborne's career.
Past Conservative Prime Ministers have not flinched to show leadership and change their failing Chancellors.
Eric Goodyer, Colsterworth.