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5:20pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Letters
THE severity of the coalition Government’s austerity politics, economics and cutbacks in social common good have been freely chosen and voted for by elected representatives to reflect the values they hold.
These poor values are apparently held by a majority of the voters in the Malvern district.
Therefore one is a little surprised at the tone of the editorial last week.
Local government common good is being killed on the altar of these values, and the disadvantaged in our communities are being heavily penalised unfairly.
There is nothing to be proud of in the creation of food banks, necessary though these have now become.
When the principal growth industry is estate agency, it is clear how low people’s values have sunk.
The inability of the country to export sufficient goods to balance Britain’s over-consumption on goods from abroad, particularly those from China, shows up the totally inadequate performance of UK private enterprise and Government to invest long-term in advanced technology and smart products in the UK.
Unfortunately most HS2 technology and that for new green technology including nuclear plants will come from abroad.
Regrettably, the industrial innovation score for Britain is very low compared to our serious competitors.
Ownership of much of our industrial base has been allowed to fall into overseas competitor hands.
The City of London, British banks and a rich elite look after themselves with too little regard for most people in the country.
The Malvern Innovation Festival being held for the second year between November 7 and 9 should be strongly supported by all.
The only sustainable route to reduce the cutbacks and increase fulltime fair-wage employment, especially for the young, is to better earn our living in the world with a great deal more high value goods and services.
The UK skill base is still too weak to accomplish this because of the attitude of many parents and teachers.
So it comes back to the poor values held by far too many people.
BARRY JONES Malvern
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