Letter: Pit closures and the brutality of economic policy

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Sir: The closure of the pits and the resultant devastation to the local communities do nothing to dispel my awful vision of the future.

My expectations are that in six years' time, when I reach 65, there will be no money left in the exchequer to pay for state pensions or social caring; shanty towns will spring up outside the major cities; and this country will be left an island of no hope, into which it will be totally irresponsible to introduce children.

Who, or what, can rid me of these fears?

Yours faithfully,




14 October