LETTER : Feeling bad

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THE Government is perplexed by the feel-bad factor. Here are four reasons why this middle-income earner has felt bad since 1980.

1 The Government's primary policy is fear of unemployment. This affects the poor much more than the rich.

2 Privatised services (water, transport, fuel) have been turned into instruments of extortion.

3 Creativity in the country has been stifled by the insistence on quick profits. Backing for an unusual invention or an off-beat research proposal is notoriously hard to get.

4 Fast-buck operators are lightly regulated. Claimants and poor people are much more tightly regulated. It is the unfairness of the Government that makes us feel bad.

Terry O'Dowd

London SE21