Ground zero

JIM Allan and I have argued the cost of price rises often through the Mail columns.

In this final attempt I will endeavour to explain my point more succinctly to him.

The indigent in our society know the cost of austerity only too well and are not interested in the mechanics of cost rises, which Jim describes so tediously in letters to the Mail.

They are, however, deeply concerned about the cost rises that take away their dignity, and reduces welfare and their living standards.

Even to visiting a loan shark – a price no person should have to undertake.

Their interest lies in the fact that when a demand for payment for a service drops through the letterbox, where is the money coming from to render payment for the goods or service received?

Money does not grow on trees we are told, but the Government and services must think it does, with massive profits – no matter how Jim ardently defends them while the poor struggle in their poverty.

People I meet on the street and talk to, and through phone calls I receive, appear to think the more needy in our society are left to their own devices when it comes to tackling the continued rise in prices.

A passage in the Bible informs us “For you always have the poor with you” (Mark 14:7), aided and abetted by our Government giving around £1bn in foreign aid to countries better situated financially than Britain.

In closing, Jim, your letters explain the mechanics of price increases which, I can assure you, those in need are not interested in unless it eases their poverty.

Their financial status is already at ground zero (zilch, broke).

If poverty begins on the home front that’s where charity, surely, should start.

Governments, along with the large profit-making companies, should at least consider the effect rises have on the poor in our society and act accordingly.

Fred Gibbon,

Masefield Road,

Hartlepool.