Letters: Who wants to be a millionaire? Not me

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WATCHING the evening news on television, the announcer told the listeners that the fat cat business bosses had just awarded themselves an absolutely outrageous pay increase of 45 per cent.

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The greed of these avaricious people knows no end.

When, when, when are the people of this country of ours going to say enough is enough?

I cannot understand what is the British public’s views on the way we up north are being treated by the Condem government. Who voted for them? I didn’t and I don’t know anybody who did, although they didn’t get enough people to vote Tory. These people treat us in the north like second-class citizens.

There’s no such thing as society – we only appear when there is a war and that’s when we, the society that doesn’t exist are sent when there is a war to fight for our country.

Greed is good, that’s what the greedy Tories believe. Surely you British people realise by now that capitalism and privatisation only work for the rich and the wealthy and unfortunately their millions are never enough for avaricious people.

Greed is a terrible disease, it’s rife around this world of ours. I’m an old lass from Leeds and I send what I can afford. I receive £70 pension, I worked all my life but I didn’t pay full national insurance because I only got a small amount of wage and I could not afford it.

I am quite satisfied with my pension, I’m not greedy, I don’t want to be a millionaire.

J WILSON, Leeds

They’re a bit late to honour him

It is terribly sad that it has taken his death for the leader and deputy leader of Leeds City Council to suddenly realise that we had a living legend in our community. Previously you devoted an editorial to saying why Sir Jimmy Savile should be made a Freeman of Leeds.

This met with silence from the Civic Hall; now they have suddenly woken up and are asking the public to suggest a suitable memorial.

How the extrovert Sir Jimmy would have loved being made a Freeman and how much better it would have been to praise him to his face than in a tribute after he had passed away.

This would have been second only to having received the accolade from Her Majesty and, who knows, in Sir Jimmy’s case perhaps even better, as this would have been recognition from the people and he was always a man of the people to whom he devoted all his wonderful efforts.

I presume that there will be no other individuals made Freemen in future as I cannot see anyone else coming within a mile of Sir Jimmy who, to quote the council’s deputy leader, made such an “enormous contribution” to the city.

Percy Stern, by email

A chair tribute?

In the 1960s, being a Catholic and working in Leeds, I used to attend the lunchtime Mass at St. Anne’s Cathedral whenever a Holy Day occurred during the working week (Corpus Christi/Ascension Day/The Assumption).

It was always packed and I usually helped John Allmark in taking the collection.

Jimmy occasionally attended and he usually sat quietly on a chair with his legs crossed next to the main doors at the back of the church and he always gave generously.

Maybe a single empty chair could be placed there in his memory on the day of his funeral ?

“Requiescat in pace” to Sir Jimmy and thank you.

Stephen Oliver, Churchill Grove, Heckmondwike,

With open arms

There is only one place and one place only to put a statue of Sir Jim – at the gates of his beloved Roundhay Park with arms open welcoming his guests.

I’ve like many people of Leeds had many a brew with the great man in the Lakeside Cafe or on Street Lane.

Our loss, heaven’s gain.

LAWRENCE STONE, Alwoodley

Replace royals with reality show!

SO the Establishment has decided to end discrimination against first-born female succession to the crown. Isn’t that nice and just what this country needs in a time of austerity?

Is there any chance of them moving further into the 21st century and ending this undemocratic medieval anachronism all together and saving us the cost of a parasitic institution? Not a chance. The monarchy is the glue that holds the Establishment together and its source of power.

So if we can’t have a democratically elected head of state how about privatising the monarchy?

We have privatised everything else, so why not this? To all intents and purposes even the House of Commons has been privatised by capitalist lobbyists and corrupt MPs, so nothing is sacred.

The monarchy contributes nothing that couldn’t be replaced by a TV reality show. At the moment there is deluge of propaganda from right-wing papers, one of which is campaigning to buy the Queen a new yacht. Apparently her six luxury residences are not enough and she needs somewhere to relax. Well isn’t that a comfort to the homeless?

Let’s put it to the test and see what free market capitalism would do with the monarchy. But first all crown property and estates should be returned to public ownership.

Democracy is an alien concept to the monarchy, but since we have spent the last thirty years of military invasion getting other countries to adopt it perhaps we should set an example here and stop being hypocritical.

Never mind. Pensioners and the disabled will get grea t comfort from the Queen’s speech at Christmas when they sit freezing in their bedsits because fuel is too expensive or without care services.

MALCOLM NAYLOR, Grange View, Otley

Black outlook

It is that time of the year when the clocks go back.

Once again there are debates on whether to keep the clocks BST all year round, thinking it will reduce accidents.

I remember the year when the clocks didn’t go back and I was going to school when it was pitch black. There would be more accidents in the morning with the children going to school than there would be in the evening.

Judith Harris, Moortown

Railway success

VEOLIA is a reputable international company. It has been selected by Leeds City Council to build an incinerator. Mr Agustus (Letters, November 1) objects to Veolia because – believe it or not – they have been involved in building the Jerusalem Light Railway.

That railway has greatly improved the transport facilities in Jerusalem. Its services are enjoyed by Jew, Muslim and Christian alike. But Mr Agustus does not see it like that. He sees a deep conspiracy to “cement Israel’s grip on illegal West Bank settlements”. He does not tell us how. Perhaps we should invite Veolia to help our city solve its transport problems, using their expertise.

John M Collins, Leeds 17

A great advert

I know Jamie Oliver isn’t to everyone’s liking but I love him! In his latest Channel 4 offering Jamie’s Great Britain, he came to Leeds this week. Wow, we should be grateful to Jamie. He visited Leeds Brewery and The Midnight Bell, and also a fabulous Iranian restaurant and a Chinese Community Centre. He showcased Leeds at its best and the wonderful fusion of foods that are available in our great city.

In terms of promoting our city; it looked simply fabulous and if I didn’t already live here, I would definitely be visiting soon! Congratulations to this wonderful celebrity chef. He is so real and I am thrilled to bits that he came to Yorkshire and specifically Leeds.

Cherril Cliff, Hall Lane, Armley

Angry at pleas

IT MAKES my blood boil when I see two men convicted of a brutal murder plead manslaughter.

One leaves the body in a suitcase and the other goes shopping before dumping the body at the roadside.

It’s an insult to the jury knowing the outcome after hearing the pathetic plea and the poor parents who have to endure the details of their daughters murder when the murderer seems to get a loss of memory.

MA MYERS, Selby

Human wrongs

Spot the difference. A brutal killer serving life demands a sex change on the NHS, costing thousands of pounds (his Human Right).

This always crops up. People dying of cancer begging for drugs to prolong their life, most refused. What about their Human Rights?

Human Rights only works one way and its not the way of the law abiding citizens of this country

A Clark, Oulton, Leeds

Trendy clergy

Did anyone else watch the toe-curlingly inept interview by the BBC of the Bishop of Willesden. The appalling debacle caused by the usual Church of England trendy clergy at St Paul’s Cathedral was all about how worthy the spoilt young middle class protestors were, who incidentally go home for the evening now the night is drawing in.

Not a word about God, religion, the sanctity of the Cathedral, spirituality, or even the interests of the international visitors but all about ‘capitalism’ and executive pay and shareholders.

No wonder the Church of England pews are empty.

Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire

Listen to sense!

I agree with Judith Harris’s comments (Letters, October 25t). Why fix something that is not broken?

Well Judith, we will have the same problem in 2015 when DAB radio is to take place. Our radios, just like our TVs will be obsolete. I have written to my MP about my concerns. I would suggest everyone against DAB radio should write to their MP and maybe our voices will be heard.

V Bedford, Pudsey

Township triumph

WHAT an exciting evening I enjoyed on Tuesday when the Town Hall reverberated to the exciting sounds of the Mbawula Township Choir and band, the jazz section of the Leeds College of Music and a choir of four hundred bringing the evocative music of South Africa cascading over the audience.

The compelling rhythm of the drums, augmented by sophisticated percussion and keyboard from the Mbawula Township band were joined by an exciting brass section from the college jazz group that was as much at home in the concert hall as they clearly would have been in a South African Beer hall.

A choir of four hundred drawn from the members of the college, the Saturday Music School and the Shire Oak C of E Primary school sang their hearts out, not only with enthusiasm but melding together creating a great sound.

As a song praising Nelson Mandela brought one and a half hours of continuous enjoyment to a close, one has to thank the college for having the imagination to put such a show together.

The show was such a success that I hope the college will use their good offices to make it an annual event.

The enthusiasm and spontaneity of all the performers reached out across the stage and grabbed the foot-tapping audience. Above all it was such good fun. Many congratulations.

Jeffrey Sherwin, by email

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