I WATCHED a woman on television telling a reporter how hard life was in the present financial climate and she actually bemoaned the fact that they had to give up their second car.

When I was at Scarcroft school in York in the 1930s a boy couldn’t come to school as he had no shoes. The teachers clubbed together to buy him some – that’s poverty.

M Allis, Recoat Way, Acomb, York.