Painful choices are unavoidable

I notice that recently a preponderance of correspondence has been published from those of a leftist persuasion.

I am led to wonder if this is because those who are still mourning the collapse of the Labour vote are more driven to vent their impotent rage to all and sundry, or is it, rather, editorial policy?

Either way, the reason Labour were given the cold shoulder is simply that the electorate did not trust them on the economy; and with good reason.

The last Labour government presided over the biggest mass immigration into the United Kingdom in our nation’s history; driving down the wages of low-skilled, entry level jobs.

They presided over the slowest growth in 50 years, the fastest decline in British manufacturing since manufacturing began, the longest recession since the war and left a debt so huge we will still be repaying it when the world ends.

Those who love to ‘bash the bankers’ should also remember that it was a Labour government that bailed out the banks. Oh, and don’t forget Iraq. And Afghanistan.

Labour completely betrayed the working class in this country and has now simply become the party of the welfare class.

Well, with the welfare bill at 16 per cent of GDP and growing, we just can’t afford it.

The only way of making welfare affordable is to cut it.

Or more specifically, to tighten up on eligibility and to focus what cash we can afford on those who need it most.

The painful choices are unavoidable.

Of course the consequences for some individuals can seem harsh, but we just can’t go on as we are.

Oh, and before you dismiss me as a Tory apologist, I should mention that I have never voted Conservative in my life; can’t imagine why I ever would. I have, however, voted Labour in the past, but I’ll tell you this – I would not now vote Labour at gunpoint.

Keith Bird

De la Warr Road

Bexhill

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