Letter: We need to face unpalatable truth

The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster
The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster

I did not vote for Craig Whittaker but I feel the need to defend him against the vague accusations levelled at him in your correspondent Jennifer Altman’s letter to him (June 23).

Ms Altman alleges that Mr Whittaker is willing to listen only to Conservative voters. She gives no specific examples or evidence of this, without which her letter is merely a general anti government, probably politically motivated, moan.

Has Ms Altman attended any of Mr Whittaker’s surgeries or does she know of anyone who has? Has anyone been asked to declare their political allegiance as a pre-condition of Mr Whittaker listening to them? If not, then her allegations are without foundation.

She mentions her opposition to Brexit in her letter to Mr Whittaker.

But it wasn’t his fault that a majority of the people, in a democratic vote, decided they didn’t want to be governed by unelected Brussels Bureaucrats.

She blames the government’s austerity measures for the Grenfell Tower disaster, yet this building was erected many years before they were introduced.

I am sure that nobody, not even the government, wants to reduce public spending but it is quite irresponsible to ignore the fact that this country is in debt to the tune of 1.36 trillion pounds, caused by successive political parties promising us things we cannot afford in order to persuade us to vote for them.

£2,000 is included in the tax bill of every taxpayer, every year, just to pay the interest on this debt - a debt which eventually will need to be settled by our children and their children.

We need to get real on this issue, however unpalatable this truth may be.