We're facing up to reality
3:11pm Friday 8th February 2013 in Letters
TERRY Banfield (Feb 5) digs himself yet deeper into a dogmatic hole. I was proud to march against the cuts and for ‘A Future that Works’ on October 20, alongside my Labour and trade union colleagues. I look forward to a government that ends self-defeating austerity and instead looks to bring growth and jobs to our economy, as that is the only way to solve the deficit in the long-term.
However, we need to face up to the realities of the financial situation we are in.
The maths is a fact, not an opinion – in Torfaen, we must save £7.6 million this year. We just can’t stick our heads in the sand and play fantasy politics with peoples’ lives, jobs and homes. We have a clear choice. Either we get on with the job and help make savings with as little pain as possible for those we serve.
Or we sit on our hands whilst others take over the budget of the council, leaving us to scuttle round in taxis handing out redundancy notices whilst local services suffer. If Mr Banfield really thinks that would be the principled thing to do, I despair for him. Either way, I’m confident both of the pragmatic Labour socialists he mentions - Keir Hardie and Nye Bevan - would agree with me!
Anthony Hunt Greenhill Road, Griffithstown