Universal means best

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In spite of a lifetime attachment to the Tory party I admire the intellectual honesty of the left wing Labour Party who are standing up for universal benefits.

The whole idea of our welfare society is that anyone - rich or poor - has the right to the assistance which the state gives, and that this should be raised by taxes on those who can afford to pay.

Many of us hold a 50% tax rate on the rich is fair and would finance these universal benefits.

We might lose one or two foreign billionaries but it would make for a less inequitable society.

Rev John Calvert

Leyster Street