YEP Letters: February 14

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UK withdrawal would lead to collapse of EU

Terry Watson, Adel

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls, speaking at the British Chamber of Commerce annual conference this week, said: “Ed Milliband and I are clear that to walk away from Europe – our biggest trading market – would be a disaster for Britain”.

This, coming from the dynamic duo Balls and Milliband is rich, not forgetting that they were the two “financial advisers” to the worst chancellor in history, Gordon Brown. The man who decimated Britain’s finances and then when we were already billions in debt, blamed the banks when they crashed.

How can leaving the EU be a disaster? As Mrs Thatcher so rightly said years ago, “Britain’s membership of the EU has been a complete disaster, get us out of it”. But Tony Blair ignored her advice and signed everything over to Brussels.

We should ignore all the nonsense spoken about losing jobs. Our exporters are not solely dependent on exports to the EU, in fact we do almost twice as much trade with countries outside the EU.

Without the strangling red tape and rules and regulations from Brussels, we could do more.

If we do leave , we could negotiate a favourable trading agreement with Brussels as we import far more from them than we export.

Our stores are full of goods from many countries outside the EU with similar trading agreements.

A recent poll showed a majority of people in Germany, France and the Netherlands want reform or an outright withdrawal from the EU so we are not alone in our criticism of this disastrous dictatorship.

We need a vote now Dave, not in two years’ time when we will have paid billions more to support the collapsing Euro. If Britain leaves, the EU will collapse.

Take a hike, free bus travellers

Nick Keer, Cottingley

With reference to the letter from Richard Worrall (Your Feedback, February 10), I’m glad to see OAPs are fearing withdrawal of their free bus passes because it’s long overdue.

If it wasn’t for the last, and totally incompetent, Labour government making it free all across England we wouldn’t be in the awkward situation we are now in.

And before anyone starts shouting about me expecting everyone to pay full fare at all times – I don’t.

I do, however, feel very strongly that free travel has more than run its course and 
a charge of 50p or £1, or half-fare, should be brought in very soon.

Most pensioners I’ve spoken to in recent months would be more than happy to do this. One couple even joked, “It’d still be cheaper than taking the car!”

I agree with this entirely. It may also help keep some bus services running that may otherwise face withdrawal.

Furthermore, removing free travel would be the end (but not quite I suspect) of the one- and two-stop culture which free travel has encouraged.

Older people, like my parents and in-laws who last summer walked up Scafell, ought to get some exercise 
and stop moaning about everything that doesn’t quite suit them.

River barriers can save lives

Patricia Gill, Cookridge

I WOULD like to agree with K Smith (Your Feedback, February 9) with regard to the drownings in the River Aire.

It would have been a good idea for the council planning department to have insisted that before any planning consent was given, the builders involved in the many projects at the Riverside had to construct barriers along the river edge.

In these days of stringent health and safety laws, I find it impossible to understand why these barriers have not been put in place before now.

It needs to be rectified now before any more drownings happen.

No Moor guns in the future

Barry Wilkinson, 
Friends of Ilkley Moor

Although the decision by Bradford Council to allow shooting on Ilkley Moor until 2018 when the lease comes to an end is disappointing (YEP, February 11), we are confident that it is unlikely to be renewed.

We are very happy that the Council has decided that traps may not be used to kill small mammals such as stoats and weasels, as we had particular concerns about the use of these traps on animal welfare grounds.

At the committee meeting, Edward Bromet, chair of the Bingley Moor Partnership, made a number of unsubstantiated comments about the management of the moor by the shoot.

He stated that the ‘moor was in a very degraded state’ before 2008 (when the shoot undertook the management).

The Friends strongly refute that assertion and know that our opinion is shared by council officers.

Sugar daddies are not sweet

Chris Birch, Roundhay

I AM a regular reader of the YEP and have been for over 40 years and have rarely offered feedback, but I feel very strongly on this issue.

I am absolutely appalled at the article about ‘Students turning to Sugar Daddy site’ (YEP, January 30).

I have looked at the website in question and it is clearly a front for rich “sugar daddies” (or “sugar mummies”) to entice attractive young students with financial constraints/problems to exchange sexual favours for money. Any other view is extremely naive.

If you had published an article looking at and evaluating the issues involved, I would have welcomed it.

However, the article starts “The University of Leeds is in the top 10...” seemingly attempting to congratulate the university for its ‘success’. Your article could easily be seen as an advertisement for the website involved.

The further narrative in the article beggars belief – and clearly attempts to normalise or justify the arrangement.

Our nation of tax dodgers

Richard Williams, Roundhay

WITH regard to the recent revelations concerning HSBC and the existence of Swiss accounts to help wealthy clients avoid tax, I can’t say I was particularly surprised.

To me it would be far more shocking to hear that a rich, well-known figure in British society was paying everything they were supposed to. Surely they’re few and far between.

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