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Here are further points to raise
My MP, Julian Sturdy, focused his latest column (ThePress, March 8) on City of York Council. After disdaining to score points against a non-Tory council, he spent eight paragraphs doing precisely that, urging us finally to ‘monitor’ our councillors’ decisions and their impact.
He highlighted tough council decisions affecting his fairly prosperous constituents in York Outer – on council tax, parking, recycling – but said nothing about tougher decisions by the Government he supports, which impact far more harshly on poorer households in central York and throughout Britain.
Tell us now, Mr Sturdy, what you think about near eight per cent unemployment; “work experience” that omits the experience of being paid; faulty work assessments of disabled people; the one per cent cap on benefit increases, which will push 200,000 children into poverty; the “bedroom tax” threatening innocent people with eviction.
Tell us how you feel when your government removes small but precious sums from poor families, while letting billions disappear into banks, PFI companies and tax-dodging corporations; and while squandering further astronomical amounts on subsidising low-pay employers, cutting the 50 per cent tax rate, needless NHS restructuring and serial foreign wars.
Then, with two years left before the general election, we can begin to monitor you.
John Heawood, Eastward Avenue, Fulford, York.