It’s not Utopia

WHAT planet is Terry Smith living on (Letters, January 14). He may be living in Utopia, but the vast majority of people aren’t; that is unless you are a higher rate tax payer, the only ones who are getting better looked after under Cameron and Co.

Electricity, gas, fuel, food bills, all up in price way above the hypothetical inflation figure. Plus I would love to know where the half a million people who have found employment in the biggest recession since Noah was a lad.

The biggest cash increase in state pensions? My wife received her increase from April in today’s post. A magnificent £1.60 per month.

That will put the great back in Britain, Terry!

M Newton, Third Avenue, Heworth, York.

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11:00am Thu 17 Jan 13

The Great Buda says...

Did you not see the news? The Government counted people on JSA and other schemes (such as workfare) as being employed. Thats where the mythical 500,000 came from.
Did you not see the news? The Government counted people on JSA and other schemes (such as workfare) as being employed. Thats where the mythical 500,000 came from. The Great Buda

11:28am Thu 17 Jan 13

capt spaulding says...

Terry smith lives on the planet Tang.
Terry smith lives on the planet Tang. capt spaulding

12:12pm Thu 17 Jan 13

andyjon12 says...

Well said M Newton, Terry Smith is really out of his depth, he risks alienating himself from the local community in which he serves. A decent hairdresser perhaps? but really Terry knows nothing about politics, he's being used as a pawn by the local Tory's who should really know better. Perversely, he may also find himself being directly affected, when the imminent cuts to benefits, credits and allowances kick in, which will undoubtedly be to the detriment of the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall. who he proclaims to have a common bond with. Terry should stick to cutting hair!
Well said M Newton, Terry Smith is really out of his depth, he risks alienating himself from the local community in which he serves. A decent hairdresser perhaps? but really Terry knows nothing about politics, he's being used as a pawn by the local Tory's who should really know better. Perversely, he may also find himself being directly affected, when the imminent cuts to benefits, credits and allowances kick in, which will undoubtedly be to the detriment of the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall. who he proclaims to have a common bond with. Terry should stick to cutting hair! andyjon12

5:01pm Thu 17 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue york Under Labour, our welfare system spiralled out of control with the welfare bill rising by 60%, costing every household in Britain an extra £3000 a year. and In the last 5 years, those on out of work benefits have seen their incomes rise almost twice as fast as people in work - at a rate of 20% compared to an increase in average earnings of only 12%.
For Conservatives, this is about fairness. Why should the taxpayer pay more to sustain welfare payments while at the same time earning less?
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue york Under Labour, our welfare system spiralled out of control with the welfare bill rising by 60%, costing every household in Britain an extra £3000 a year. and In the last 5 years, those on out of work benefits have seen their incomes rise almost twice as fast as people in work - at a rate of 20% compared to an increase in average earnings of only 12%. For Conservatives, this is about fairness. Why should the taxpayer pay more to sustain welfare payments while at the same time earning less? the famous one!

5:07pm Thu 17 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fouth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt.
It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that?
Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.
Terry smith york conservatives fouth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt. It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that? Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare. the famous one!

8:35pm Thu 17 Jan 13

andyjon12 says...

Alright Terry, please tell the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall which social security payments you would cut? Tell them how much your proposed cuts would save, who would loose out and where would the "savings" be diverted to?
Alright Terry, please tell the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall which social security payments you would cut? Tell them how much your proposed cuts would save, who would loose out and where would the "savings" be diverted to? andyjon12

10:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Silver says...

andyjon12 wrote:
Alright Terry, please tell the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall which social security payments you would cut? Tell them how much your proposed cuts would save, who would loose out and where would the "savings" be diverted to?
Also with their benefits being cut can they afford to get a hair cut?
[quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: Alright Terry, please tell the good people of Heworth and Tang Hall which social security payments you would cut? Tell them how much your proposed cuts would save, who would loose out and where would the "savings" be diverted to?[/p][/quote]Also with their benefits being cut can they afford to get a hair cut? Silver

10:04am Fri 18 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt.
It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that?
Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt. It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that? Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare. the famous one!

10:54am Fri 18 Jan 13

perplexed says...

the famous one! wrote:
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt.
It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that?
Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.
Like being savaged by a dead sheep.

Denis Healey
[quote][p][bold]the famous one![/bold] wrote: Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt. It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that? Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.[/p][/quote]Like being savaged by a dead sheep. Denis Healey perplexed

9:49pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Silver says...

the famous one! wrote:
Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt.
It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that?
Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.
Our plan? LOL Terry they include you in them? I'd rather the poorest people in this country get money to help them then the elite who don't need it unless its to clean their moats
[quote][p][bold]the famous one![/bold] wrote: Terry smith york conservatives fourth avenue heworth york Labour vote time and again against everything this conservative led coalition government is doing to get welfare spending under control. But they don't say how they would pay for all this. By voting against our measures, Labour's Ed Balls would clearly be happy with more borrowing to pay the welfare bill - this would saddle every working household in the UK with almost £5000 of extra national debt. It's clear Labour has learnt nothing. Labour's plan is to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Where's the fairness in that? Our plan is clear - to deliver stability to the public finances and return fairness to welfare.[/p][/quote]Our plan? LOL Terry they include you in them? I'd rather the poorest people in this country get money to help them then the elite who don't need it unless its to clean their moats Silver

10:07pm Sat 19 Jan 13

DannyH says...

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where is your society plastic?your a local service,pest and annoyance,as maggi said theres "no such thing as society"stick to reading the sun,in your x- council gaff,rental nevers and flirting with the youth you betray....
w where is your society plastic?your a local service,pest and annoyance,as maggi said theres "no such thing as society"stick to reading the sun,in your x- council gaff,rental nevers and flirting with the youth you betray.... DannyH

10:03am Sat 26 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Planet plagiarism is your answer.
No matter how many times it gets removed it's still true.
Planet plagiarism is your answer. No matter how many times it gets removed it's still true. Buzz Light-year

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