Letter: Get out and vote - for anybody except that insulting chicken

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Sir: You write: "Britain [under the Conservatives] has more mobile phones, more televisions, more supermarkets and more restaurants." (leading article, 3 April) If this is something to be proud of, I am in despair.

Five years ago there were in fact many more restaurants than there are now. Most of them closed in 1993 along with everyone else. The figures are distorted because McDonalds, Pizza Hut et al now classify themselves as restaurants.

Since a national supermarket opened just outside my local market town, two years ago, two out of three family bakers have shut; the town centre grocers has shut; the post office has shut and three village stores within the area have closed.

Do you really think that having more mobile phones is a good thing?

JEREMY O'GORMAN

Littlebury, Essex

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