Letters: WJ Blundell, July 3, 2015

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I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the anti-austerity demonstrations.

It is so refreshing that in the UK we still have people with the courage to speak out or do something. We just accept anything, even though we know it’s wrong or unfair and we have a government that will take full advantage of that weakness. After the demonstration ended, the government almost immediately stated they are going ahead with welfare austerity cuts of £12 billion a year.

This will have a massive impact on the most vulnerable, poorest, elderly and sick people. Over the last five years, all the cuts have affected the same people, never the rich and well-off. It will be the same for the next five years. They will sell off RBS at £7 billion under its value. They sold off Royal Mail for £1 billion under its value and now selling more shares. The bankers and speculators in London must be rubbing their hands with joy. I am 69 years old and have never known a Tory government treat the Armed Forces so badly – like the police they have been decimated. Mrs Thatcher would be disgusted. At a time when we are on one of the highest alerts for a terrorist attack, there are also massive cuts to the Border Agency staff.

The answer to the housing crisis is to sell all the housing association affordable rental homes.

If the government wants to save money, it should scrap the £50 billion HS2 no one wants, stop the £13 billion in foreign aid, scrap Trident, saving £25 billion make big businesses pay their taxes, and scrap the House of Lords.

This is a minority government, only 24 per cent voted for them. How can our voting system be called democratic?

W J Blundell

Cypress Place, Hunstanton