Re­mem­ber­ing solid ad­vice

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - As a boy, some work­ing class lore was passed down to me: wages were to put a roof over your head, food in your belly, clothes on your back and coal on the fire and, if you had any­thing left over, you could have a pint at the week­end in the pub.

The im­por­tant mes­sage be­ing that for the house­hold bud­get, the es­sen­tial, need­ful ex­penses take prece­dence over op­tional in­dul­gences.

If world eco­nomic growth has to slow con­sid­er­ably for the sake of the planet and our own sur­vival upon it, as some ecol­o­gists are sug­gest­ing, we will have to find new eq­ui­table ways of liv­ing and work­ing to­gether be­sides re­dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth.

One such way would be to fo­cus on eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity that should mat­ter most to peo­ple and re­sults in a real im­prove­ment in their liv­ing con­di­tions, and to down­grade dis­cre­tionary and su­per­flu­ous pro­duc­tion and pas­times. Ge­off Nay­lor. Colden Com­mon, Winch­ester.

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