Common sense saving is needed
The coalition Government warned of the need for austerity and gave the promise that we are "all in it together".
It said the financial crash and 13 years of the Labour government's borrowing would therefore mean some short-term pain was inevitable.
It promised the deficit reduction would be by public spending cuts and not increased taxes.
It promised to slash the quangos, but almost halfway through its term it has only achieved 6 per cent of reductions planned.
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Taxes have soared – income tax, green levies on air travel and motoring. The reduction has been at the expense of the hard-pressed workers.
Due to the high taxes there is less disposable income, meaning less revenue for shops and businesses that need to grow if we are to see our economy grow.
Instead of spending resources on job-creating infrastructures, youth employment initiatives and cutting payroll taxes, we are still pouring billions into maintaining bureaucracy.
The latest polls show public confidence in George Osborne to take us out of recession has almost disappeared.
And Mr Osborne needs to slash state spending and use that saving to stimulate the wealth-creating private sector.
We need to see less spending by the MPs on expenses and less quangos, and go back to common sense spending and saving, or it proves we are not "all in it together".
Kevin Fletcher, Coalville.
How strange and sad that R Dunkley (Mailbox, September 8) has never had the Gospel explained to him.
He suggests there is "overwhelming evidence against the existence of God", an often-repeated myth, although he doesn't cite any examples.
Of course, there are numerous theories put up by those who are anti-God, but none of them stand any real scrutiny.
The most common of these is the Theory of Evolution, the idea that particles turn into people without any design or intelligence.
Not only is there no proof to support this, the best evidence the textbooks offer are Haekel's Gill Slits and Peppered Moths, both of which are well-documented frauds.
Whereas the evidence for the existence of The Creator God is all around us; the magnificent design of incomparably complex organisms with the in-built ability to recreate themselves and even repair themselves.
Yes, it is true that we live in a fallen and cursed world which is under the control of Satan, but the good news is that this is only temporary. The Bible is the world's most popular book of all time for good reason, where Mr Dunkley can have all his questions answered.
John Kirk, Birstall.