Enabling growth

[Re: Only radical reform can pull us out of a growing economic quagmire, yesterday]

To truly get the economy out of its current frailty, we need more than a radical economic reform agenda – largely involving the state getting out the way. Britain’s government needs to engineer the enabling environment for business to succeed. This includes providing basic infrastructure, security, and a sufficiently educated and motivated working population. The welfare system is the sticky situation amid this quagmire. It currently acts as a disincentive for the unemployed to find work, and leaves the employed disillusioned – as they see people stay at home while they struggle to survive.

Simon Saidi


Volunteer legacy

[Re: For the love of the Games: London’s Olympic heroes, yesterday]

It’s always good to hear something positive about Britain, and particularly its young people. They’re frequently maligned, but the (mostly) young Games Makers are evidence that most aren’t on the verge of rioting, or vandalising their local sports shop. I just hope something permanent can be made of the excellence of these Olympic volunteers. Yes, Frank Dalleres is right that they should be honoured with some permanent memorial. But I can’t think of a better legacy than a long-term increase in civic involvement and participation, whether in sports or otherwise. What can we do to make sure this happens?

Katrina Sells



Boris Johnson suggested Olympic volunteers could become sports volunteers in schools. Could be the Big Society back on track.

Bring back competitive school sports, invest in affordable facilities for young people – that should be our Olympic legacy.

Our trade deficit hits a record high. What ever happened to George Osborne’s “march of the makers”? Guess they marched abroad.

It’s five years since the credit crunch began. But growth is predicted to lag until 2015. We’re only just halfway through this crisis.