LETTER: Past generations took pride in their work ethic

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WE recently saw in the national newspapers a photograh of a Romanian scrapyard worker giving the thumbs-up sign and smiling broadly.

He had been told to bring his wife and five children over here where he could claim around £25,000 a year in benefits.

However long he’d been here, his minimum-wage job would mean he had not contributed very much, if anything, to the system.

There are many such people living here.

We also have our fair share of indigenous Brits who never have, and never will, do a day’s work who, in the right circumstances, will be able to claim benefits capped at around £23,000 a year or even more.

Then we have the pensioners, many of whom have worked and contributed all their lives, struggling to make ends meet, raising families to be honest and diligent citizens and who have to live within their means.

They took pride in their work ethic and tried to impart the same to their children.

Even now some continue to work past their retirement age.

Their earnings are added to their state pension and taxed as a whole.

Some of this tax is used to subsidise the aforementioned shirkers and foreign workers.

For these years of hard work and sacrifice they are rewarded with a state pension that is a fraction of what the above-mentioned examples receive.

Successive governments, desperate to garner votes, will always appease the undeserving by pandering to their demands.

Bill Burchell,

Loyalty Close,

Hartlepool.