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Back to the 80s for Tory benefit cuts; Letters.

AFTER reading Jim Hampton's letter of January 9 accusing his critics of amnesia I have to admit that the evidence supports his contention that our present problems can be traced back to the example set by Margaret Thatcher.

When she became Prime Minister in 1979 she inherited a good economy where just one in ten children was living in poverty. When she left office the figures were one in three. Labour succeeded in reducing the number to one in six. The Coventry Telegraph's articles about the increasing child poverty in Coventry and Warwickshire, points out the sad fact that such children are likely to die 12 years sooner than their better-off neighbours.

Now it's hardly surprising that the present government obviously has no intention of reducing child poverty when we remember that one of Thatcher's backroom boys helping to formulate policy was David Cameron.

When the Tories set out to "stabilise the economy" as they claimed to do in 1979, and now again in 2012, it has to be at the expense of the poorest and most vulnerable. "Cut benefits - make them go to work!".

How can they when jobs are being cut at the same time? Such is Tory "logic". Same in the 1980s and the same now.

Peter Hazelwood, Common Lane, Kenilworth.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 31, 2012
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