Beware of bearded zealots
Sir -- "The Bearded Zealots" must not hold us to ransom. I congratulate you on your splendid leading article (Sunday Independent, March 14). In terms of relevance, it was a classic.
I am 90 years and six months old. My old typewriter is kaput. I apologise for having to write this letter by hand, but I still "call a spade a spade". Because of the diabolical state of our economy, our democratically elected Government had no alternative to imposing the severest of restrictions to public expenditure in the recent budget. None of us like it, but we must grin and bear it. Otherwise we cannot bring our devastating foreign debt to manageable proportions.
Despite the atrocious dilemma confronting our nation is it not unpatriotic, irrational and irresponsible for the "bearded zealots brigade" to hold the country to ransom in a spurious endeavour to force the Government to reverse its integral plan to reduce a vicious deficit.