Is is simply worthless words?

I refer to the article by Huw Merriman in the Observer dated February 5 headed: “We need to spend more on the elderly who are often vulnerable”.

It is not sufficient for the Bexhill and Battle constituency MP to simply welcome the necessary two per cent increase in council tax.

That will not pay for all the adult social care, yet Mr Merriman says that more must be spent to protect the elderly and vulnerable.

He does not say how that is to be achieved.

Is it simply politician’s worthless words?

Mr Merriman must be aware that the two per cent increase will not solve the problem created by Chancellor Osborne.

His fellow Conservatives in East Sussex County Council have already stated that the government cuts are unrealistic and will cause a deterioration in the service provided to the elderly and vulnerable.

Why has Mr Merriman not stood up for his constituents as the East Sussex councillors have done?

What is most surprising in Mr Merriman’s article is that he states he is instinctively against increasing taxes.

There you have Mr Merriman’s view of economics in a nutshell.

He sheds tears for his constituents who will be badly affected by the cuts, he states that more should be spent, but he does not follow his own logic because of that one dogmatic view.

Apparently it is better for the old and vulnerable to suffer rather than increase taxes.

Why does he not question Chancellor Osborne’s so-called economic plan and the inequality and harm it causes his constituents?

Of course, one would not expect someone with Mr Merriman’s past involvement with Lehman’s Brothers to question the morality of Chancellor Osborne’s so-called economic plan.

Indeed it is only bankers and their type who have benefitted from that approach.

That benefit does not trickle down as stated last year by the IMF, but simply increases inequality.

This trickle down theory on which Chancellor Osborne’s approach is based and which Mr Merriman has consistently supported has not worked.

As so eloquently stated by Pope Francis the theory: “Expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralised workings of the prevailing economic system.”

Is it too much to ask that Mr Merriman should carry out the duty to his constituents and protest at Chancellor Osborne’s cuts? That would be the right thing to do.

But is that too much to ask of Mr Merriman?

Does he have the essential moral strength to argue for an ethical approach which favours human beings rather than only bankers and their like?

Danny Atkinson

Oakland Drive


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