BULLY for T Mellor (I blame USA for the recession, Letters, April 8) who comes across as a vitriolic and self-satisfied individual.
Many of us, like this person, endeavour to live within our means but, at times, also went without any luxuries so that we could save and buy our own homes. Why should we want to pay rent and end up buying somebody else's property for them? In our case it took years before we were able to save enough for a deposit, but I for one have never regretted doing so.
I would like to point out that on the Oak Farm Estate, where I live, the majority of properties are owner-occupied.
It is not the fault of banks or the Government if people choose to live above their means. As for plastic cards, if these are used sensibly and paid off every month, there is no need for any sleepless nights.
I have noticed that some people have lots of cards and juggle payments. In fact one young lady told me she played, and purchased, with the banks' money.
Mellor conveniently does not mention the numerous stealth taxes imposed by Mr Brown while Chancellor of the Exchequer. There were at least 63 of them just in his first term in the post, and there have been many more since.
Mellor also attacks our Member of Parliament. I personally have found John Randall to be an excellent MP, both as chairman of Oak Farm Residents' Association and as a private individual.
I have had numerous contacts with him, and he has dealt with every matter raised with him very swiftly. When he cannot get a quick answer, he has always persisted for as long as it has taken to get an answer from government departments.
Of course John Randall is worried about his staff. I am sure many of them have worked at Randalls, in Uxbridge, for many years. Small business employers know their staff as friends. It's not like large chains, where an employee is just a number who can be disposed of without qualms.
In conclusion I would like to say that John Randall was elected to address the needs and concerns of his constituents, and he does it both well and admirably.
CONNIE EVANS by e-mail