ANYONE who read Coun Rebeiro's letter on Conservative economic policy without bursting out laughing must have a heart of stone! (Solihull News).
So his party has discovered a magic wand with which to put all Britain's economic ills to rights.
Welcome news indeed! Perhaps for his first trick, and an easy one at that, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer could raise the personal tax allowance from the current £5,435 to £7,050, to correspond to the official poverty level ie £135.60 per week. It is absurd and unjust that the worst off amongst us should be paying 20 per cent tax on £1,615 of our exiguous income. This would mean £6 per week - a contribution to heating costs at least.
And instead of fiddling with stamp duties, perhaps the new Tory Chancellor could conjure up thousands of affordable home in places where people need to work and live.
At the same time, could he produce from his top hat comfortably off relatives for us so that one day we might all benefit from the raising of the threshold on estate duties. As Coun Slater hinted in his perceptive letter last week, Conservative economic policy has always been to favour the wealthy and comfortably off at the expense of the poor.
Lionel King, Thistlewood, Grove, Chadwick End