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Chancellor's in this for himself

I trust that the Chancellor's plan to make the cut in the 50p rate for those earning over £150,000 in the Budget, while cutting the salaries of public-sector workers in poorer parts of the country, indicates that the Coalition considers we are no longer 'all in this together' (News, March 19)?

George Osborne claims that the move would provide a boost to the private sector, arguing that employers cannot afford to recruit staff in some areas owing to relatively high public-sector wages.

What he really means is: "My corporate donors would like to lower their salaries, but have to compete with annoying, reasonably-paid jobs in the public sector."

These jobs provide people with a modest, but dignified income.

JULIE PARTRIDGE

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