Labour's costly legacy

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband is concerned about the effect of the 2.5 per cent VAT rise on families. Well, no such concerns have ever been expressed over Labour's record on council tax, which went up 10 per cent a year for a decade or more; not that many of his core supporters pay it, as most are on benefits.

Also, thanks to Labour, Northern Ireland water consumers pay just a nominal 80 per annum to their "nationalised" water company; the real cost is born by England's taxpayers, working or retired like me, who in addition pay Yorkshire Water 450 p.a. for the same service.

Even that pales into insignificance when compared to the excesses of Labour's devolved government in Scotland, where the Scottish Parliament has increased severance pay by 100 per cent for MSPs, who get voted off, or resign to follow other occupations, or who retire altogether – and reduced the qualifying period for this. The money coming, as ever, from the pockets of the hard-working families conveniently forgotten by Mr Miliband and his party.

New Labour hit families in England anyway harder than ever Mrs Thatcher did, but in covert rather than overt ways.

D S Boyes, Rodley

Leeds, Briggate, 5th December 1971

pedestrian crossing.

YEP Letters: June 24