Letter in The Independent – 30 March 2011.
There is a different interpretation of the ICM opinion poll to that suggested by Dominic Lawson. Maybe the “57 per cent support for the cuts or more” tells us that 57 per cent of the population have not been as seriously affected by the crisis as they were led to expect.
They should thank the fellow citizens who are taking a disproportionate £18bn reduction of their welfare incomes, which were already below the Government’s poverty line and even further below the Joseph Rowntree minimum income standards. They comprise 2 million pensioners, 4 million children and 7.5 million adults, who will be forced into unpayable debt because their incomes will not keep up with rising prices of food and domestic fuel and increasing rents.
The Rev Paul Nicolson
Chairman, Zacchaeus 2000 Trust