Letters, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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The future is looking bright

There have been some pathetic attempts to talk down the excellent economic performance of the UK since 2010 on this page.

 One claim was that the economy has hardly grown since Labour was ejected.

 This is remarkable given that the economy crashed by a massive -6.3 per cent in 2009 and barely struggled to 0.3 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2010.Compare this to the growth of 2.6 per cent in 2014.

 However, don’t take my word for it. The Institute for Fiscal Studies stated: “The UK’s economic expansion finally became entrenched in 2014, with GDP growth of 2.6 per cent placing it at the top of the G7 league table.”

 Now consider what some senior Labour figures and the previous Governor of the Bank of England said about Labour’s last economic performance: Points such as Mervin King’s declaration that Gordon Brown’s regulation system “failed to prevent the accumulation of risks that finally produced the crises”. Or Alistair Darling has said “we were like rabbits caught in the headlights”. Lord Myners, former City Minister, has said he had been frustrated by his ex-colleagues “flawed thinking on the economy”.

 Before the doom sayers cry ‘ah, yes, but this is all in the South’, they should consider a recent report by Lloyds.

 “The Booming North East is growing faster than the South.”

 Job creation is also highest in the East, analysis by Lloyds reveals

 “The North East has become the fastest growing region as the economic recovery spreads across the country.”

 “The survey also reveals that job creation is highest in the East while hiring is picking up in the North East, the North West and Wales.

 “The economy crashed by six per cent under Labour in 2008-9, but has bounced back strongly in recent years and record numbers of people are now in work”.

Alan Wright,

High Barnes

Not the best role model

A group of feminist Christians want everyone to refer to God as she?

 Feminist Christians? Isn’t that like being a black Ku Klux Klan member? The Bible is one of the most anti-female books in history.

Why would feminists want to claim God as theirs? He’s petty and vindictive and is the archetypal abusive husband. “I love you, but do exactly as I say or you’ll be punished. But I love you, honest” ... you’d think they’d want to distance themselves from that sort of thing.

 Finally, God is a made up character so it really doesn’t matter anyway. If you want to pray to an imaginary strong, female deity, try Supergirl or Storm from the X-Men.

 They’re just as real as God, their books are more exciting and they’re better role models for young girls. They don’t threaten you with eternal damnation if you don’t believe in them.

Alex Johnstone,