Non-jobs hurt business recovery; Views of the North.
While heavier taxes on big business, financial institutions and the wealthy might sound appealing to the poorer paid, the fact is, should we do that, those who are targeted will move elsewhere.
Secondly, on the subject of onerous bureaucracy, we agree that for most of us it should be relaxed, but in the case of some, such as the banks, tightened up.
Thirdly, Mr Bennett claims this is a low-strike country. He is partly correct, in that there are few strikes in the private sector. It is only in the bloated and cosseted public sector where such militancy lies these days.
Fourthly, I agree that there are many important public sector jobs. However, there are also too many non-jobs such as street football co-ordinators and business process re-engineering project managers, to name two.
Therefore, I reassert my belief that successive governments (particularly Labour ones) have used the public sector to keep unemployment down.
The people doing these non-jobs get in the way of real public sector operations or interfere with businesses, making our private economy uncompetitive and bureaucratic. Until the public sector is accountable and responsible, things will never improve. ALAN CARTER, Kenton, Newcastle