YEP Letters: August 20

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Blue and amber are the right colours

John Appleyard, Liversedge

In response to Barbara Blakeney’s letter (Why the sudden colour change, YEP, August 19).

I paid my first visit to watch rugby league at Headingley when I was seven years old and my mother knitted me a blue and amber scarf for me to wear at Leeds home matches, to me that has always been the team colours and explains why Leeds Rhinos are being urged to paint the town blue and amber.

We can’t have PM called Andy

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

There have been a number of chancers in the Labour Party over the years but apparently someone called Andy Burnham fancies his chances of becoming Labour leader.

Some say he stands no chance of becoming Prime Minister because he used to be a hard-line socialist,then he became a Blairite and now who knows? But there’s another more important reason.

People are never going to vote for someone called Andy.Andy is the name of a person you call when your toilet is blocked, not a Prime Minister.

I despair of telly offerings

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Like many of your contributors, I find the general quality of television programmes lamentable .

People who refuse to work or those who are morbidly obese hold no fascination for me.

This does not mean that I don’t accept the fact that some people are incapable of working.

Once in a while a gem emerges from the dross that assaults our senses. Last night we had a prime example on BBC1 - Don’t Take My Baby.

This was the story of a disabled couple (she in a wheelchair and he blind ) fighting to be allowed to devote their lives to their beautiful baby daughter.

Heartwarming does not quite cover the story presented to us. It was absolutely inspiring! I have never seen love so eloquently expressed.

We don’t want a red light zone

Liz Goodwill, By email

Much as I can have sympathy with D Angood’s comments (‘Track down these red light zone litter bugs’, YEP letters, August 18) the issue is more important. As a long suffering resident of Holbeck, this “exclusion” zone simply isnt working.

I have watched several girls over the last week working in daylight hours, been approached twice myself (I’m in my 50s) and watched police vans drive past and ignore said girls. We dont want a curfew or an exclusion zone, we want rid of them altogether! Bet when they start building on old Kays area, etc, they’ll do something!

Some of us are in this together

R Pearson, LS9

Here are a few items taken from recent newspapers:

Rail fares have soared three times faster than wages during the past five years.

The airport landing pass racket, where passengers handed over their cards when making a purchase and the business claimed 20 per cent VAT for them selves has been going on for years.

Members of the House of Lords have claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in attendance fees and expenses despite never taking part in parliamentary activities other than subsidised wining and dining.

The average pay of a top executive (£5m) is 183 times higher than that of the average worker.

Add to this the fact that tax avoidance (not possible for those on PAYE ) is rampant amongst big business and the wealthy – so ask yourself, “are we all in this together”?

For 30 years or more we have seen a pretend Labour party led by people who approved monopoly capitalism and corporate profit that took us down the path that created this shambles posing as a democracy.

Where are the true Labour people who will shout out loud the stated principles of social fairness, equality and opportunity or are we to be permanently ruled by the wealthy for the benefit of the wealthy?

Time is right for Corbyn

David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

We’ve had previous Labour Party leaders warning of the danger of electing Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader. What hypocrites!

The decline of the Labour

Party started when Neil Kinnock refused to give full backing to the National Union of Mineworkers in 1984.

Had Kinnock shown some backbone and given the miners support in the House of Commons, Thatcher would not have beaten the NUM, nor weakened the whole trades union movement for ever.

He gave only the minimum of backing, because he was afraid of Arthur Scargill, a true supporter of the workers’ rights.

Tony Blair – what a disaster. Please don’t tell me he made Labour electable. He was responsible for turning Labour into a second Tory Party.

When he became Prime Minister, he sought advice from the woman hated by Labour Party members, and stuck to the Tory spending plans for the first two years of his government. He took the party past the middle ground,and blurred the lines of difference between Labour and Tory.

Gordon Brown didn’t have time to stamp his mark on the party before he was voted out of office.

Ed Miliband failed to win over not only the public, but even MPs of his own party didn’t think he was up to the job.

His brother, who lost out to him in the last leadership contest, has also put his spoke in, and come out against Corbyn.

They all seem to think he will lead Labour into the political wilderness.

Don’t they know that’s where they are already?

It’s about time they got back to their roots, and remembered who formed them, and why they were formed.

When the Tories are in control, I expect to get my backside kicked, but when the Labour Party get control, I expect to be treated properly.

The greatest difference between the two parties is, the Tories introduce Tory policy from day one, while Labour seem unable to do that.

Jeremy Corbyn, I hope, will change that.

YEP Letters: October 19