YEP Letters: February 11

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Commercial suicide to vote for Tory duo

M Burbage-Atter, Rothwell

I NOTE that Messrs Cameron and Osborne have recently visited Leeds, no doubt to try to persuade us, the electorate, to elect a Conservative government next May. If we don’t they say that chaos will result.

I would be grateful if someone would kindly explain what difference this will make as I believe that chaos currently reigns.

Looking back at the Government’s record, as a pensioner I have received very small increases due to the allowances and pension increases.

However, the vast majority of the population are worse off, so voting for the above two gentlemen would be commercial suicide.

It is too much to hope that no Conservative MPs are elected, as the rich will always look after themselves and to hell with the majority.

I look forward to another hung parliament, hopefully with a Ukip majority.

Don’t vote for major parties

Bob Nicol, Kirkstall

Most of the tribal dogma on these pages is against the coalition, so please ponder.

Labour rescued RBS with £45bn, and then let Sir Fred Goodwin double his pension pot to £16.9m, in the very same week as the first bailout payment.

In total Labour’s support to banks peaked at around £1.162 trillion.

Labour took 13 years to raise the top rate of tax to 50 per cent, doing it two months before the election. They also raised the starting rate from 10 to 20 per cent.

They carried on privatising everything the Tories hadn’t got around to.

The Labour hub of incompetence that is Leeds City Council privatised our airport.

I urge everyone not to fall for it all again in May. Vote for any party that isn’t Labour or Conservative.

Look past the blame game, neither one deserves any more chances.

Lodge truly like living at home

Dorothy Leek, Shadwell

I AM writing in support of the staff at Harrogate Lodge Care Home (YEP, Monday February 9).

I have been visiting a friend in Harrogate Lodge for the past 16 years. The nursing staff are excellent.

They regularly inform me about every aspect of my friend’s care, including doctor’s visits, changes in medication and fluid intake, upcoming hospital appointments, temporary loss of appetite, weight gain or loss, and even when she is just a bit down.

All the staff are approachable and I can speak to any of them at any time.

I often look through the thank you cards on the notice board. Relatives regularly write in appreciation of the care (and yes, love) given to their loved ones.

One read, ‘Harrogate Lodge is not just a care home, it is Home’.

What comes to mind when someone reads your headline citing ‘institutional abuse’? Residents being dragged around by their hair and screamed at, left in urine-soaked beds and ignored?

No home is perfect and, unfortunately, things can go wrong. But be assured, this is not Harrogate Lodge.

Lack of integrity over bus lane

Howard Walker, Haworth

FURTHER TO your story about bus lane fines (YEP, January 21), readers might wish to note my experiencing in neighbouring Bradford.

I inadvertently entered a bus lane leading to Shipley Market Square. This is a contraflow bus lane which offers no legal or safe escape. Bradford Council issued a penalty notice, supported by camera evidence.

Because I considered signage and road markings to be inadequate I lodged an appeal, which was summarily rejected by the council but I took it to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, where it was upheld.

The council cancelled my fine. However the tribunal’s adjudication stated that my case followed upon a number of previously upheld appeals relating to the same bus lane.

Therefore Bradford Council had rejected my initial appeal in full knowledge of previous adjudications against it and that the road markings did not comply.

Some time later the council made minimum amendments to road markings, but signage remains inadequate.

Whilst gathering photographic evidence for my appeals I had noted several other quite accidental infringements of the bus lane.

I wrote to Bradford Council, via my councillor, asking why they felt tribunal adjudications were not legally binding. My councillor did not choose to pursue the matter.

I will leave your readers to form their own judgement on the integrity of Bradford Council in these matters.

Winging-in to RAF Association

Derek Lord, Devon

I HAVE no doubt that many of your readers will remember National Service. Along with many thousands of others, I was called to do mine in the RAF in the early 1950s.

Obviously many friends were made during my two years and many ex-airmen/women might be interested to know that the National Service (RAF) Association, which was formed some 11 years ago, has had some success in reuniting old colleagues. In addition, it has groups meeting regularly in various parts of the country, making visits to places of interest and enjoying other occasions.

The Association is also represented at various official functions throughout the year.

Anyone joining receives a quarterly magazine in which members can relate stories good or bad of their time in the service, along with a regularly updated membership list.

The Association has recently been open to all ex-RAF men and women whether National Service or Regular.

For more information visit www.nsraf.org or alternatively write to Derek Lord, Middlewood, Cockwood, Exeter EX6 8RN.

Fantastic care for husband, 91

Helen Carter, Bramley

YOU HEAR so many stories about elderly people not being looked after properly.

My experience was very different. My husband at 91 years of age was looked after extremely well in St James’s Hospital and latterly at Chapel Allerton.

Our grateful thanks to all concerned.

Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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