Gospel of greed

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I HAVE to say that Paul Jordan, of the Scottish Socialist Party (Letters, 5 April), has absolutely put his finger on the issue that is so frustrating and infuriating for any ordinary person trying to make sense of what is going on in our country and in our world.

Politicians, who seem to be invariably well-fed and rich, tell us that we must tighten our belts and watch the value of our savings decrease in the interests of dealing with our national deficit.

Meanwhile, we learn daily of the antics of the wealthy, from the obscene salaries and bonuses of the bankers, to the party-going and clothes-buying of celebrities, while we can see the oversized cars filling our roads and the expensive yachts crowding the marinas of the Clyde. There is clearly a large class of people for whom the word “austerity” is meaningless, for whom money is simply not an issue, and whom our politicians seem to have no intention of holding accountable for the economic situation in which we find ourselves.

We are in difficulties now because of the gospel of greed, which has replaced any sense 
of morality. This is the world where “self” is the only reality. I don’t think most of us want to live in that world. If the SSP is the only one with the courage to say this out loud, I will vote for it, even though I’ve never done so in my life.

Allan Martin

East Princes Street

Rothesay, Isle of Bute

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