“WE are all in this together”, proclaimed ex Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne in 2010 when the Tories were returned to government.

Indeed we are George. Clearly the strongest backs are carrying the heaviest loads in these times of austerity.

Two weeks ago my 95-year-old mother bought a pair of slippers, on which a tax in the form of VAT was levied at the rate of 20 per cent.

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Meanwhile F1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton bought a private jet for £16.5 million and paid not one penny in taxes.

Can one of your regular Tory correspondents to Hear All Sides please explain why my mother, who served this country by working in the munitions industry during the war, should pay more taxes to keep her feet warm, than some flash, millionaire poser who likes to swan around the world in a private aeroplane?

John Gilmore, Bishop Auckland