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14 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015 LEICESTER MERCURY OPINION mercury MERCURY OPINION Falling inflation is good news THE UK inflation rate fell to just 0.5 per cent in December, which is the joint lowest on record. Inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index fell from 1 per cent in November to its lowest rate since May 2000, mainly helped by cheaper petrol prices. Low inflation is expected to mean lower interest rates for longer. There are some experts worried by the trend as it could herald deflation, which can reduce demand and bring recession. This, frankly, seems unlikely and, therefore, it is another economic reason to be cheerful. Prices are rising very slowly and, hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones whose wages have risen by more than 0.5 per cent, so have more money in your pocket. Getting it right The Leicester Mercury always strives to publish news and information fairly and accurately with no allegiance to any political party and without discrimination. If you have a complaint about an item in this newspaper which concerns inaccuracy, intrusion, harassment or discrimination – or wish to comment on any other aspect of our service – write to the editor, Kevin Booth. If you are still dissatisfied you can write to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, established to uphold an editorial Code of Practice for the Press. Kevin Booth, Editor Leicester Mercury, St George Street, Leicester, LE1 9FQ Telephone number: 0116 222 4202 c/o Halton House, 20-23 Holborn, London EC1N 2JD Telephone number: 0300 123 2220 Generic e-mail for complainants: Generic e-mail for inquiries: inquiries@ipso.co.uk Generic e-mail for advice: advice@ipso.co.uk Website: www.ipso.co.uk This newspaper abides by the IPSO’s decisions. Green 10% Lab 13% Con 14% PICTURE OF THE DAY UKIP 33% Lib Dems 27% THE BIG QUESTION Who has moment? Q vote at theyour general election Tomorrow’s big question: Are the latest bus price rises fair? To take part online at: leicestermercury.co.uk/TheBigQuestion Religion not in decline DR SIMON Bennett of the University of Leicester incorrectly stated (First Person, January 9) that “religion is in retreat”. That is true of Christianity in the UK but not of Islam. The 2011 census showed that although Christianity is still the dominant religion in the UK with over 50 per cent of the population regarding themselves as believers, this might be set to change. The British Muslim population has surged dramatically over the past 15 years, increasing by 15 per cent in England and Wales. The 2011 census also puts the Muslim population of the UK at around 5 per cent, a total that has been boosted by around 600,000 Muslim immigrants over the past decade. With the expansion of Islam and an aging Christian demographic, this could mean that Islam could be the dominant religion in 10 years. Is it not any wonder that Chris- FRENCH police officers carry the coffin of officer Franck Brinsolaro, 49, killed at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, during a ceremony to pay tribute to the three police officers killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris, last week tianity is in decline, when Christians are persecuted for saying prayers with hospital patients, preaching the Bible’s scriptures in the street, wearing crosses and chains to work, printing T-shirts and refusing to make wedding cakes in order not to cause offence, without the Church of England publicly, boldly and legally defending such vulnerable Christians? Christianity and love of thy neighbour needs, more than ever in my lifetime, to be defended, difficult though it is to love everyone. Dr Bennett should retract what he has written for Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism according to the same census are also on the increase. George West, Groby. Everything is man made I HAVE to reply to Peter Anderson’s letter “I found answers” (Mailbox, December 25). Yes, life is survival of the fittest, partly, but also about caring for the sick. Life or human nature is one big Jekyll and Hyde, good and bad. I should point that some women I knew claimed to be believers, went to church, but were two of the most vulgar and selfish women I’ve met. They still clung to their religion, though. It was drummed into them and it made them feel right and proper, hence the hypocrisy. The next time you’re in one of our beautiful churches just remember everything inside is man-made. Reginald Dunkley, Leicester. Wasted trip AFTER seeing the half-page advertisement (Mercury, January 9) for the film Mr Turner showing at the Regal Cinema in Melton Mowbray, we decided to go and watch the 5.30pm showing on Saturday the 10th. 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