LETTER:It's stealing

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The Independent Online
MANY of your readers will be grateful for the Deputy Prime Minister's blessing and encouragement to "string along" their creditors (who will no doubt include the milkman, newsagent, building society, bank, local authority, Inland Revenue etc). I am sure that their admiration for him will have grown even further at his modest claim to have been "quite skilful" in failing to pay his bills on time and in accordance, presumably, with the terms of the sale to which he had agreed.

I tried to explain to my teenage son that this was: "part of the culture of British business" but, lacking a sound moral education, he could not be persuaded that such a practice was anything other than "stealing money for a while".

N Rushworth

Leeds

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