Poisonous cure

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Joyce McMillan (Perspective, 25 October) calls for a challenge to “the uncritical free-market consensus that has dominated 
UK politics since the early 1990s”.

This consensus does not exist in reality and has never existed. Since the early 1990s, the burden of taxation has grown steadily heavier and so has the burden of regulation.

To claim that higher taxation and increased regulation of the economy would stem job losses is to advocate poison as poison’s cure.

To call for “the sane and steady redistribution of wealth” is to ­insist that both the individual and the economy belong to the state, an idea that is ­totalitarian in ­nature and must be ­rejected for this reason.

Bruce Crichton