Of matters religious and secular

It is tiresome to be again reproached by Michael Taylor for “lack of Christian charity” when I simply uphold the unique honour of Holy Matrimony as a setting for a miracle of procreation whereby he, and I, and all of us were brought into being.

The Prayer Book notes that Christ “adorned and beautified it with his presence and first miracle...in Cana of Galilee.” Nor am I pleased by his accusation of quoting selectively from dictionaries after I had consulted Chambers and the Oxford ones as well as my own Collins from which I quoted. I shall now write no more on these topics.

I turn to the recent Osborne budget, not all of which I deride. But as the late Margaret Thatcher cut top rate income tax from 83 per cent to 40 per cent, so today’s Chanecellor cuts it from 50 per cent to 45 per cent on the failed theory that if you make the rich richer they will use the money to build businesses so as to create jobs. At the same time, the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition limits wage increases to one per cent, well below inflation, so that making the low paid poorer will stimulate their efforts. As for the Bedroom Tax, a spare bedroom is not a luxury. Mine served as study for 12 years as I wrote my book, and is occasionally used as a guest room for family and friends.

Frank McManus,

Todmorden.