Are we all in it together?

I HAVE written to Horsham MP Francis Maude and I think other constituents may wish to do likewise. My letter reads:

Dear Mr Maude,

As a pensioner I recognise the Government view that ‘we are all in this together’ and I realise that there is nothing in the Budget for pensioners such as myself.

On the other hand exactly how much do you and your cabinet colleagues stand to gain from the reduction of the top rate of income tax?

I would appreciate an answer to this question because this information should be in the public domain. I am sure you agree that MPs are elected to represent the people and not to line their own pockets.

The argument that the tax cut is part of a package of measures does not hold water. We are entitled to ask why this self-aggrandising measure is slipped into the package and whether you can in all conscience vote for it.

And of course the argument that top earners evade the tax cannot possibly apply to members of parliament.

DEREK MCMILLAN

Giblets Lane, Horsham