We are not in this together

Sir,

Last week a correspondent to your letters column complained that Derbyshire County Council plan to axe youth clubs in the county.

No doubt this will be blamed on the current financial crisis.

This is the pretext for cuts in jobs, services, pensions and benefits.

People are being expected to work longer, and in some cases, for nothing.

Contrast this with the top one per cent of the British society, who, according to a guest on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, are now better off to the tune of £125bn, than they were two years ago, when the coalition came to power.

A recent report by the National Audit Office showed that of the top 100 wealthiest companies in the country, 98 per cent of these are registered abroad, so consequently pay little or no UK income tax.

That’s potentially £25bn lost to the exchequer, that might otherwise have gone to pay for the services that are now under threat, allegedly because there is no money to pay for them.

Cameron bleats that we are ‘all in this together’ while the very rich are getting even richer at the expense of everybody else.

This ‘financial crisis’ seems very selective.

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