Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Quantitative ease Sir: Unlike Louise Cooper ('The great savings robbery', 30 March), I don't have a problem with inflation or quantitative easing. It's the perfect tax: painless, easy to collect and fair. It's painless because after having been collected you still have the proverbial pound in your pocket. OK, it's worth less - but as Louise points out, we don't really notice. Easy to collect, just order a new batch of twenties from the printers and put the prices up in the shop.

And everybody pays exactly the same percentage, and so the relative difference between rich and poor remains the same.

Tom Roberts Derby Sir: According to the legend, Fortunatus (he of the bottomless purse) was born in Famagusta. How times change! And isn't it appropriate that the Governor of the Bank of Cyprus is called Panicos?

Peter Kitson Stoke Prior, Worcestershire The meaning of Easter Sir: It was disappointing it was to find that your leading article (30 March) was devoted to another lament for those who want to still 'the moving hand of time'.

When it comes to dealing with today's issues, the old established churches are floundering. Before their Holinesses the Pope and the Archbishop embark on their missions to win back the apostate and recruit new adherents, they might be advised to rethink their message. What the people want are practical answers to the issues of today, and traditional Christianity doesn't have them. If it did have, the populace would flock to them.

Tup. Clayton Sedgefield, South Africa Sir: Many thanks for your leading article on the meaning of Easter. How refreshing in a time when the media almost totally ignores the most radical and important event ever to come to earth - the death and resurrection of Christ. In an age of anxiety and despair, this message is needed.

David A. Littlewood By email Russian renovations Sir: Hats off to Harry Mount from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (increasingly known as Moscowon-Thames) for his timely expose of the antics of the Russian oligarchs ('Trouble in the terraces', 30 March). What makes the process so disturbing is the lack of official protest. The council's hearing into Roman Abramovich's grotesque scheme for the magnificent building once lived in by James Whistler only came about because of protest letters from nearby residents. Not a squeak has yet been heard from supposed guardians of London's architectural heritage such as the Chelsea Society or the National Trust.

Christopher Walker Chelsea SW3 History lessons Sir: Pace Toby Young (Status anxiety, 23 March), my pupils come up from their state and independent primary schools having learnt about Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain, the Tudors and 19thor 20th-century England, but knowing nothing of 'eduspeak'. …

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