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ROB Meggs (Mail, December 19) said that the bosses in private businesses pay peanut wages and dodge their taxes and that Britain needs a government that will “get a grip on the injustices in our economy”.

He went on to say that the Tories won’t put things right and that they got us into the mess we are now in anyway.

But it is simply untrue to say that all bosses pay peanut wages.

We only have to see the booming sales figures for laptop computers, flat screen TVs and iPhones, etc, to realise that not everyone is being paid peanuts, although many people are certainly having a hard time.

And not all bosses are “greedy toffs” either.

Rob should take a look at the boarded-up shops in the town, Comet for example, to see that many businesses are simply unable to pay high wages.

In fact they are struggling to survive

The same applies to pubs and corner shops where closures have been a regular occurrence in recent years.

Higher wages would mean more closures.

Rob blamed the Tories for “getting us into the mess we are now in” but he is mistaken.

After 10 years of high public spending by Labour, the financial crisis started in 2008 with the collapse of the global banking system.

It was caused by greedy bank traders taking risks with other people’s money to make sure they were awarded huge bonuses.

The bankers knew that if their reckless behaviour caused a collapse in the banking system they would be bailed out by the Government because the banks were too important to be allowed to fail.

Today, after five years of economic crisis, high unemployment and lower living standards, we are still trying to recover.

Rob says that the time has come for Labour to “stand firm for the majority of people who are paying for the mess we are in.”

But the collapse began after 10 years of a Labour government, so expecting them to put Britain on the right track is unrealistic.

We face a long and painful road to economic recovery with people having to work much longer than In the past to build up their pensions.

And the NHS will need more and more money from the taxpayers because advances in medicine mean people are living longer even when they have chronic diseases like diabetes and dementia.

And more and more expensive treatments, and complex operations, are being developed which have to be paid for.

Maybe Rob will tell us what he thinks should be done to solve Britain’s economic problems.

Superficial criticism is one thing. Coming up with solutions is something else.

Jim Allan,

Hartlepool.