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A nation of haves and have nots; Views of the North.

GOVERNMENTS, whether Tory or Labour, allow immigration to increase the pool of available labour.

By so doing, they suppress the ability of native labour to demand a fairer remuneration for their work.

We actually live in two different countries. On the one hand, we have a tiny minority of people, who actually own and control this land "of theirs".

On the obverse side of the coin, we have us, the vast majority, whose only real possession is our ability to use our mental and physical abilities to earn a wage.

According to the Land Registry, 75% of the land mass of the United Kingdom belongs to approximately 1,400 people. I am not one of them. Are you? The figures on share ownership are similarly skewed, with less than 1% of the population owning over 99% of all marketable shares.

For the mouthpieces of capitalism to say we are all in this together is arrant lies and nonsense.

Only a working together of we, the disenfranchised and powerless, within the present system will ensure that we live in a world where we all can live in dignity, inclusion and empowerment and not in want, insecurity and fear.

Steve Colborn, Deneside, Seaham, County Durham
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2011
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