Thursday, 14 October 2010

The ones that failed to get in - some recent letters to the nationals

Here are a couple of letters I sent this week which didn't make it into print:

11 October 2010

The Editor

The Times

Sir,
Sir Philip Green's admonitions on public sector waste could be taken more seriously if he promised to start paying full tax on his income once his recommendations are enacted. For an increasing number of people in the "squeezed middle" there is equivalence between Green and the average benefits cheat in that we are required to pay more tax due to their deliberate decision to avoid paying what they owe. We are all in this together, after all.

Yours faithfully,
John Slinger

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The Editor
The Guardian

11 October 2010

Sir,


Julian Glover's Guardian article ('The left should recognise that equality is undesirable') fails to mention two glaringly obvious and related concepts which deal with his concerns: equality of opportunity and meritocracy. It is doubtful that the modern left actually seeks equality, for this usually equates with some form of communism. Equality of opportunity is however a much more powerful and practical concept for the left. It allows elites to form and for people to aspire to be successful but it insists that unfair barriers such as private education be removed so that people rise to the top based solely on their abilities rather than their parents' wealth. Such a system would be a genuine meritocracy. The reason it never comes about is that the intergenerational vested interests of the wealthy and powerful, dressed up as freedom, obstruct its path.

Youurs faithfully,

John Slinger

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