Rapid responses

Greek reform

[Re: Greece must stop hitting snooze and wake up to economic reform, yesterday]

Although Matthew Melchiorre is right to criticise Greece’s politicians for failing to reform their state, he misses a bigger issue. Politicians aren’t operating in a vacuum. Much of the Greek public – quite unlike the Estonians or Irish – doesn’t accept the importance of reducing the deficit. The classic illustration is chronic tax avoidance. A recent study suggested that the average income of a Greek worker is 1.92 times larger than is reported to the government – shrinking the country’s tax base by $34bn (£21bn). And the success of far-right and far-left anti-austerity parties just confirms this lacklustre willingness to sort Greece out.

Emil Sells


London’s airports

[Re: As Gatwick looks to build a second runway, does expansion make good business sense?, yesterday]

Another runway at Gatwick is a second best solution. Gatwick is further from London than Heathrow and has fewer infrastructural connections. Increasing capacity is also not a zero sum game. Heathrow is an international hub airport, and many travellers fly into London to take a subsequent trip elsewhere. Business people will not want to arrive at Gatwick, travel to Heathrow and then take their connecting flight. Only expanding our existing hub – Heathrow – will allow Britain’s airports to compete with international rivals like Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

Michael Grantley



People who shop around for the best energy deal should be rewarded with lower prices. People who don’t should pay more.

I see Labour is waffling about energy prices. Never forget that, thanks to Ed Miliband, a large portion of your bill is green taxes.

If energy companies are forced to charge the lowest tariff, surely they will increase prices across the board.

We’re sitting on hundreds of years worth of coal. We must look properly at clean coal in the battle against increasing energy prices.