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Real culprits in crisis are being sidelined
R Kimble, Hawksworth
The current presentation of issues in Calais regarding immigrants is a classic example of what sociologists call “deviancy amplification”. Choose a group to demonise, film them closely thereby rewarding their behaviour and watch said behaviour get worse: suddenly instead of small groups attacking fencing you have hundreds acting out for the cameras and the problem seems worse than it is. Meanwhile, the people who cause it such as oppressive regimes, people traffickers and politicians get sidelined and ignored and are not seen to be part of the problem.
Rail links need to go underground
James Bovington, Horsforth
I echo recent calls by business leaders for Leeds to have one main central rail station and thus avoid the vast expense of building New Lane station. However it will be difficult at Leeds to accommodate the 400 metre long HS2 trains without major costly redevelopment. My own preference would be to put the whole of Leeds station underground, as Stuttgart is doing with the majority of the trains, accessed at Eastgate from a municipal underground station.
However if the existing Leeds station is redeveloped to accommodate HS2 then the extra capacity needed could best be created by diverting the majority of local stopping trains via a city centre tunnel with the two main stations at City Square and Eastgate, with other stations at Westgate, Millenium Square and Southbank. City Square underground station would function as an integral part of City Station with direct access to longer distance services including HS2.
Such a tunnel would link directly all major passenger destinations in the city centre including the southern part of the university and the new educational and cultural developments on Southbank. The tunnel would not need to follow a 19th century street pattern and as all objectives would be linked by the one tunnel the need to change is reduced. Moreover, although there will never be no disruption, tunnelling is much less intrusive in the building stage than a street tramway. The main justification for the tunnel is that it creates extra capacity and brings the whole of the city centre within easy walking distance of a station. Although undoubtedly an expensive scheme a city can justify the investment required which can be repaid over decades. This is a Yorkshire version of the London CrossRail.Improvements to the central area rail network, including a metro rail tunnel, would catapult Leeds into the European first division and help achieve the ambition of making Leeds the best UK city to live in by 2030. Have our local politicians got what it takes to achieve these laudable aims?
Who will mourn our way of life?
Lindon Dove, Tingley
Despite the fact he is supported by the majority of the electorate, David Cameron has had to face the ranting and raving of the politically correct.
Racist, they scream, over his use of the word swarm, in reference to the masses of illegal immigrants causing criminal damage in Calais. Strange that dictionary definitions of the word swarm include “to be overrun” and “a moving mass of people”. The word seems entirely relevant and accurate to me.
It may upset the immigrants but then their behaviour upsets the people of Britain. We mourn the historical fact that the hordes of immigrants entering America led to the eventual disappearance of the Red Indian culture, developed over centuries of living in a vast and unspoilt land.
Similarly, we mourn the passing of the indigenous cultures of Australasia also overcome by vast numbers of immigrants.
Who will mourn the passing of the British way of life and freedom of speech?
I suspect it will not be the ranting, raving politically correct, or the totally unscrupulous politicians of the left jumping on the bandwagon for political advantage.
Scare tactics show disdain
Michael McGowan, Former Labour MEP for Leeds, Chapel Allerton
Your correspondent, John Roberts, is spot on (YEP Letters, August 3) in pointing out Jeremy Corbyn’s restraint and politeness in responding to offensive attacks from former ministers and MPs who have the arrogance to dismiss the views of rank and file members of the Labour Party and trade unionists.
There is no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn has stimulated a refreshing and welcome debate about the future of the Labour Party with increasing support from the many young people who care deeply about the plight of the most vulnerable victims of austerity, besides the environment and human rights, and are inspired by his positive and ethical politics.
I have had the privilege to know Jeremy Corbyn since 1985 when we launched the European human rights network in support of refugees from the Western Sahara which is illegally occupied by Morocco.
The children of those refugee families have been hosted in Leeds by the families of the Woodcraft Folk, the youth section of the Co-operative movement, in order to provide holiday relief from their harsh existence in exile under canvass in the remote Algerian desert. Jeremy Corbyn has made it clear that the range of views in the Labour Party should be respected and included in any future government and it is the interest of the Labour Party and the wider community that serious and positive debate takes place about jobs and the economy, public and caring services, and opportunities for our young people. As some former ministers and MPs become increasingly rattled and desperate about the very positive support for Jeremy Corbyn, they are dishing out insults and scare tactics which itself damages the prospects of a future Labour government and shows their disdain for democracy.