Better off?

What world is Jack Straw living in? He thinks we are all better off than we were in 1997 but that we just don't see it. More jobs? Of what sort, and how secure? Ask the nurses. More cash? Ask those who can't get on the housing ladder, those who have lost pensions, and those having to pay for expensive "personal care". What about student debt? He extols Tony Blair, but forgets what the PM might have done with his 170 majority . . . and then there's Iraq.

Kirstie Naylor
Ashbourne, Derbyshire