YEP Letters: December 31

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The pages of the YEP have made interesting, if confusing, reading as 2014 draws to a close.

On the one hand we were supposedly caught in shopping frenzies as we dashed to snap up bargains. On the other we were in such financial difficulties that food banks and rent arrears were the order of the day.

Councillor Wakefield “vowed to help those in poverty” by reducing the money available to people in need following the crisis loans scheme being scrapped.

Councillor Mulherin joined in with a complaint that the Government is playing politics with the depth of budget cuts.

Some measly amount of money is made available to feed potholes in the roads but none to feed those people who face a choice between heating or eating or paying the rent.

So where is the challenge to the Government? Where is the opposition to austerity? Not from our Labour council as their party nationally promises cuts of the same scale as the Tories but somehow “kinder”.

Those who want to see an alternative will be exploring the possibility of an alliance of the left to stand in the elections set for May 2015. Those interested in such a project could join a meeting at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate on January 26 at 7.30pm.

John Davies, Bramley

Helping elderly mugging victim

After hearing about the 84-year-old lady who was so callously mugged for her shopping (YEP, December 23), the residents of Middleton were so upset and worried about her having no food that we arranged a collection at the local barbers on Christmas Eve.

People dropped off bags of food, Christmas gifts and money and Middleton Elderly Aid arranged a hamper of food too. I was able to deliver this all to the police station who then delivered it to the lady with our message of support.

This will hopefully restore her faith in humanity and in the citizens of Middleton who for the most part are honest, hard working and caring people.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who went out of their way on Christmas Eve to make our corner of the world a little bit better, including the people from Beeston and Belle Isle who made donations, and not forgetting the South Leeds Independent supporters club.

Well done to you all!

Craig Sweaton, Middleton

Non-starters

My one hope for 2015 is that Leeds finally gets a transport system worthy of the name.

Sadly, I fear this hope is as forlorn as me sticking to the healthy eating regime my wife has insisted on bringing into force from midnight tonight.

R Williams, Roundhay

Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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