Get off backs of the industrious
The sheer economic illiteracy of the Labour Party was demonstrated for all to see by Jon Ashworth MP in his recent column, with his erroneous references to a "bedroom tax" ("Credit cuts a fresh blow for families", Mercury, January 18).
There is, of course, no bedroom tax but instead a reduction in housing benefit for those people who claim it and occupy properties larger than they require, which seems perfectly reasonable from a taxpayer's point of view.
Do Labour MPs such as Mr Ashworth really fail to understand the difference between taxes and benefits? Or know just how difficult it is for hardworking taxpayers struggling to pay their own bills on modest incomes?
Why should we also be expected to subsidise people claiming benefits in order to live in homes larger than their needs require?
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In order to dig the country out of the deep economic mire Gordon Brown left it in, politicians need to get off the backs of the industrious people of Britain and set them free from the dead hand of government.
It's clear that Labour, led by the former Prime Minister's henchmen, Eds Miliband and Balls, has nailed its colours firmly to the mast of the unsustainable benefits culture created during the party's 13 years in Government.
Stuart Swann, Hinckley.
Jeremy Hunt's opening statement said it all – he wants to protect the inheritance of the children of older people.
I would think caring for them in old age might have been a more reasonable opening statement and policy.
As it is, we now have one of the most regressive taxes ever dreamed up by the Conservative Party, beating even the poll tax – if your assets are less the £75,000 you lose the lot, whereas a £1 million estate will only pay at a rate of 7.5 per cent for care in old age.
Eric Goodyer, Colsterworth.
I can't believe any government could impose such a despicable tax as the bedroom tax.
Especially as at the same time it is wasting £32 billion on a railway that knocks just 20 minutes off a trip between London and Manchester.
Who will benefit? Certainly not ordinary travellers, just the rich.
As there are only two or three stations en route, that means most people will find it quicker by car to London, by the time they have driven to these stations.
The distance between stations is so short – England's not a big country – trains will just about reach top speed and then have to slow down again.
It is a complete waste of money.
David Cameron, who is presiding over these decisions, spent £66,000 just before the election on a body language expert from SKDKnickerbockers flown over from America for him alone.
That was out of a total campaign budget of £16.7 million spent by the Tories.
Makes you think "what's next?", doesn't it?
Mike Attenborrow, Syston.