PM confused on deficit and debt
Stuart Swann, in his comments about Labour's "economic illiteracy" ("Get off backs of the industrious", Mailbox, February 16) fails to note that they are in good company.
No less than the Prime Minister himself has just been ticked off in writing by the UK Statistics Agency for repeatedly confusing national deficit and national debt.
The argument about the bedrooms benefit cuts is largely a distraction.
Perhaps if the wealthy stopped dodging their tax responsibilities, both individually and corporately, then such pettifogging intrusions into people's bedrooms would be unnecessary.
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Mr Swann also does his part in perpetuating the myth that Gordon Brown left a "deep economic mire".
In fact, Brown drew wide admiration for his leading role internationally in responding to the biggest private sector failure in our lifetimes.
He also began the task of rebuilding the economy, since trashed over the past two-and-a-half years by the destruction of jobs and the resulting choking off of demand on the high street.
That's the real "economic lunacy" and must result in a policy reversal which has made a bad situation worse.
Chris Lymn, Oadby.
Dogs are not to blame for fouling, it is their owners.
With children, you teach them to take litter home to the bin. So I take it these people have a home where everything is just thrown down?
The fault is their upbringing. I am 74 and have had dogs all my life and not one has ever fouled out on a walk.
They go in their own toilet area in the garden.
This training does not take long. It is easier with pups but about three weeks for an older dog.
Some owners are too lazy to put the time in.
I take my dog and grandson to our park in Ratby and see people let their dogs go free in the long grass and turn their backs until they have done their business.
There are bins at both entrances to the park for dog dirt, plus warning stencils on the path.
Valerie Pegg, Ratby.