Our children are coping extremely well, being bright, attending a good local school and getting a great deal of support from us. But our most frequent answer to their requests is 'sorry, we just can't afford it'. We say 'no' to trips out for the day, visits to cinemas and theatres, meals out, visits to exhibitions and museums. They are fed, they are clothed and they are educated, but surely they deserve more than the basic minimum. They have to deal with parents who are constantly trying to reassure themselves that they are worthwhile and valuable people, so that they can pass this message on to their children. It can be a very depressing atmosphere.
Unfortunately, this country is run by people who are employed and who have an income more than adequate for their basic needs. How can they understand what it feels like to be bereft?
S. F. SCOTT
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