LETTER: What we need is love and friendship

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From Canon Tony Chesterman

Sir: People "feel good" when they are loved and cared for. This enables them to love and care for others. It's called friendship. This government markets rivalry.

A further up-turn in the economy, with rolling pre-election tax-cut bribes which appeal to self-interest, won't make any difference. The "feel good" factor will remain forever elusive and beyond the grasp of a government which has been so destructive of friendship within our society.

Wanting the best for the other person, as well as for oneself, is what friendship is all about. This government understands only half of the matter - and we all know which half!

Yours faithfully,