April 8: Welfare cuts trumpeted but tax dodgers won’t face music

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From: ME Wright, Harrogate.

I’M sure that Tom Richmond’s comments on welfare and NHS cuts are echoed by many of us (The Yorkshire Post, April 4). We are bombarded by lots of impressive numbers, but the non-shareholding, vast majority still await the loudly trumpeted benefits of wholesale privatisation of public services.

In these columns and elsewhere, there are endless complaints of poor service, high costs and indifference to those whom the remote “they” are supposed to serve. The prospect of the NHS going any further down this road is frightening and it is a fear which crosses party lines.

There is also much unease about the intrinsic nastiness of some welfare cuts. Why do we not hear of similar Messianic and triumphalist action when it comes to tackling tax dodgers and those who aid and abet them?

From: Monica Harper, South Kirkby, Pontefract.

RE the letter by C Hallas “Miliband’s conviction ought to be worrying for Britain” (The Yorkshire Post, April 4). I found the remarks patronising, pompous and offensive. He envisages Socialists “choking on their porridge”. May I remind him that trade unions are composed of individuals – working men and women – who constantly have to fight for safe working conditions and fairer pay and conditions of service.

Socialists may be choking with disbelief that under a coalition Government the NHS – founded under a Labour Government – is in real danger of becoming just another opportunity for the rich to become even richer, as privatisation and profit become the primary motive.

Mr Hallas praises George Osborne’s support for his company; the same Chancellor who raised VAT (regressive), cut working tax credits whilst simultaneously decreasing income tax for millionaires.

From: Mrs V Lloyd, Kirkhamgate, Wakefield.

i WAS very interested in the article by Dr Ian Wilson (The Yorkshire Post, March 27) on the NHS as I am privileged to have lived through the past war when everybody had treatment they needed, even though conditions were dreadful. But in 1945 some people thought that everything was theirs because it was nationalised, and I’m afraid a lot of people still think the same. A bit more common sense should be used all round.

I personally have no complaints having reached 97. I feel very appreciative of the care 
I have received over the years.