Letter: Tip for Gummer

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Sir: Your leading article on John Gummer and his warnings of global warming (22 February) concludes with the advice to tax energy. While not disagreeing, I feel that it would be better if you advised him not to tax attempts to save energy.

If I buy loft insulation, pay a contractor to put in cavity-wall insulation, pay for double glazing, or buy energy-efficient light bulbs - all as advocated by our government - that same government sits back rubbing its hands in glee and pocketing 17.5 per cent VAT on the value of my purchases.


Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham