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Protect the green belt
WHEN I was at school in the late 1950s, the teachers would tell us what a lucky generation we would be as it was unlikely we would have to suffer another world war, enthusing also how computers and robots would be doing so much work we would have more leisure time than our predecessors.
This vision certainly appealed; unfortunately, they omitted to say who was going to pay for all this leisure time.
They also forgot to consider how improvements in health care and lack of major wars would allow the world’s population to increase exponentially, leaving us with a shortage of affordable housing, increased pressure on resources and governments in financial crisis.
This is why we must be very careful when opting to destroy green-field sites to build more houses as this is tantamount to putting a sticking plaster on a wound that only keeps getting bigger.
George Osborne and David Cameron would better use their time to make this country aware of how putting more hungry mouths into the world is counter-productive to our survival; and if they truly want to save money, then might I suggest they limit child benefit to the first two children only?
If people want more children, they should accept the responsibility of paying for them.
John Ward, Tollerton, York.