YEP Letters: August 29

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Time to shift the debate away from Labour

John Appleyard, Liversedge

I’m sick and tired of reading daily debates about the nature and purpose of the Labour Party from people who are quite hostile to it.

So let’s shift the debate to the undemocratic, class ridden Tory party that has just created 45 unelected peers which allowed peers who did not vote in a single debate last year to claim more than £100,000 in expenses allowance.

We are all in it together they say, but the bosses of Britain’s top 100 firms now get 183 times more in pay than their workers and are more likely to donate money to the Tory party.

The number of NHS operations that are cancelled due to bed shortages has hit a 13 year high.

The Tories are slashing 24 per cent from adult education funding, making life harder for young people and threatening them with boot camps.

Rail fares have risen three times faster than wages over the last five years. Average household expenditure has fallen under this government.

This isn’t a government of hard work, it is a government of promoting and rewarding its mates for their support.

In other words, not what you know, but who you know.

18th century democracy

Alan Freeman, Bramley

Andrew Wilkinson expressed hopes that the admittedly disorganised Labour leadership election signals the end of the Labour Party (Your Feedback, 27 August).

This can very reasonably be translated into a desire to have one-party Tory control for all time. I’m sure that Andrew believes that this would be a wonderful new arrangement.

Except of course for the 63 per cent of non-Tory voters at the election. 18th century British democracy at its finest.

Unofficial general election?

Derek Barker, Moortown

To a degree I can sympathise with the comments made by Andrew Wilkinson (YEP August 27), in that on the surface the Labour leadership election would appear to be flawed by being open to sabotage by supporters of other political parties.

If the result of the election is a fairly close run thing then yes I would agree that there would be cause for concern regarding the validity of the outcome.

But if Jeremy Corbyn is elected with an overwhelming majority then surely this would be a strong indication of the general mood of the population regarding the way that the country has been governed over the last 35 years.

With simply more of the same of making the minority richer at the expense of the vast majority regardless of the political party in government.

The leadership election in essence could be viewed as an unofficial general election and an overwhelming result must surely be a very strong indication as to the mood and level of dissatisfaction of the general population, and their desire to live in a fair and socially just society.

Cash could have fixed potholes

DS Boyes, Rodley

Of the many, so far, critics of the Leeds to Bradford super cycle track I wonder how many if any think the inspiration for this project may have been the Maginot Line, i.e. the defensive structure built at enormous expense along the Eastern side of France in the 1920s and 30s to keep the Germans at bay?

This, although sound in theory, proved useless in practice when the Nazis simply went round it via the Belgian Ardennes on invading France in 1940!

One aspect that may have been overlooked is when people along its route decide to move house.

Previously the removal van or pantechnicon could simply park against the kerb outside to give easy access across the pavement.

Now, with the cycle track in many cases installed between the pavement and carriageway, any pantechnicon needing to park will cause a major obstruction to other traffic and put removal porters at risk of injury as there will be no other access.

Perhaps as on railway track work, removers will now need a ‘lookout’ to sound an alarm on approaching traffic.

The £30million this project is said to have cost might have filled in a lot of potholes which abound on Leeds’ roads, or even built 200 or more affordable houses to help those on the council waiting list.

But when did Leeds City Council, under Labour control, ever do anything of practical use to help the people who pay for it all.

We have to say ‘no’ right now

D Birch, Leeds

WHAT with the thousands who endure going to sea and finishing up in Greece/Italy etc and pay for the pleasure of an undesirable boat trip and the loss of many lives, now we have the tens of thousands that are trying to get to Northern Europe and looking to the EU to accept them as a given right.

Their countries are not all at war and nothing like our own World War Two, when we had to fight for our freedom.

I am sorry, but I look at all these people and see masses of young men who should be fighting for their own countries, not running away.

We had to fight for our own lives and the freedom, which in the main has lasted 70 years to date.

This all started with the boat people and now it’s young families who by the looks of things are leaving their oldies at home.

I suppose they told their mums and dads, grandmas and grandpas that they would be able to join them later. I know it sounds cynical, but that is how I see it.As a country in the UK we are being asked to take our share, which in time means large families.

We are in a bad shape as it is, with lots of our own people wanting housing/schools etc. We have the promises but the ‘doing’ is non-existent. We have to say no now. These people, refugee or immigrant, must be sent back to their own countries and fight for their lives there.

Sculpture is an eyesore

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick in Elmet

In Fact of the Day you wrote a”crossed gates” sculpture was installed on Cross Gates roundabout, and what a waste of taxpayers’ money it is.

What on earth was Labour councillor Pauline Grahame thinking of spending taxpayers money on this eyesore. It should have been left as it was in the early 1960s,a roundabout full of beautiful flowers for everyone to enjoy. Is nothing sacred these days?

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