YEP Letters: July 17

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Your correspondent Mark Norris highlights our country’s support of China’s economy, to the detriment of our own industries (YEP, July 12).

He is right to do so, but I would add that not only are we promoting their economy, we are also supporting and encouraging China’s evil and barbaric regime which since 1949 has been responsible for the murder of over a million Tibetans. In more than 60 years of China’s occupation of Tibet they have committed atrocities at least as barbaric as any of those of the Nazis and Japanese in the Second World War.

Over 6,000 of Tibet’s monasteries have been destroyed, its culture, history and civilisation ruined, language outlawed, ancient manuscripts and precious artefacts stolen or destroyed, land and crops laid waste.

The most horrific tortures and murders have been perpetrated on young and old alike. Innocent civilians held in leg irons for years, without trial, children forced to watch their parents being tortured and killed. The extent of atrocities is endless and we shame ourselves by continuing to trade with this barbarous, uncivilised regime.

John Copperthwaite, 
Far Headingley

IN RESPONSE to Mark Norris and his question as to when was the last time a label said ‘Made in England’, my spectacles were made in England.

I use my local independent optician and try to buy as much as possible items that have been made in this country.

I purchased a carpet recently and it was made in Lancashire. My bed and mattress were made in Wakefield. My three piece suite was made here, although my dining furniture was made in Ireland.

We have a furniture shop in Bramley and another one in Yeadon. So why don’t people support local trade? It is not too difficult to do so.

V Bedford, Pudsey

Speaking out on euthanasia

No wonder people don’t attend church any more, given that it is so out of touch with the modern world.

It has finally taken the former Archbishop of Canterbury to come out in favour of euthanasia – which would save people going through agonising deaths or being trapped within a useless body – to bring the subject to the fore.

Friends and family should be remember how they lived, not how they died.

Malcolm Myers, Selby

Branch plea falls on deaf ears

I AM glad to see that K Thompson of Bramley got a speedy response to his request for a certain bin to be emptied (YEP, July 12).

I wish my councillor and the relevant council department had done the same.

Over 12 months ago I asked for overhanging bushes and branches covering the pavement on the stretch from Windmill Circle along to the Old Red Lion in Whinmoor to be cut down.

This request has fallen on deaf ears, despite the fact that in the wind the branches hit people in the face.

If nothing is done before the bad weather sets in I think I will have to go out on my mobility scooter armed with a pair of secateurs to cut them back myself.

Olga Twist, Whinmoor

Play cricket under a roof

PERHAPS those averse to reviewing cricket, its provision and its rules, will, after Yorkshire’s blighted T20 series, finally confront reality.

Cricket should not be an outdoor sport in the UK but must be played under roofed areas.

This would at a stroke dispense with the bad light absurdity, the utterly predictable frequent rain delays and the insult to spectators of having an event cancelled with the consequent disappointment, inconvenience and financial loss.

The four or five day match should be reduced to three days.

This takes account of adverse weather and the fact that not everyone is unemployed or leisured, nor is willing to sacrifice half his or her annual leave entitlement.

It should be scheduled to start at 11am and finish at 7pm, with a one-hour break at 3pm and perhaps two half-hour breaks along the way.

The ball should be brightly coloured. The stumps should be wider spaced or a fourth stump added, giving greater advantage to the bowler.

Spectator seats should be steeply banked (as at the Leeds Arena) even in a balcony style (like the Grand Theatre).

This would allow closer contact with, and viewing of, the field of play, and reduce the roof size.

Enclosed viewing would create more noise and atmosphere; so the anger, frustration and derision might be more difficult for Yorkshire to ignore.

Too often they appear to think Twenty 20 cricket refers to the run totals allowed rather than the overs.

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

Too many MPs are ‘absentees’

I CANNOT agree with the Yorkshire First party that we need yet more politicians to further the interests of this region (YEP, July 7), as we have more than enough feeding off the public purse already.

What we need is for our existing elected representatives to work together on behalf of us all, instead of just sniping at each other to make cheap political points on diametrically opposed views dependent on whether their party is in power or opposition at local or national levels.

The Leeds area has eight MPs and 99 councillors, the Bradford area four MPs and 66 councillors with Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Calderdale, each having one MP and smaller numbers of councillors, plus a Chief Constable, Police Commissioner and deputy.

Together they should make some difference to our collective fortunes instead of feathering their own nests.

But the problem is, that apart from ‘party politics’ undermining things, so many MPs are ‘absentees’.

In other words they and their families do not live in the north of England or Yorkshire, being London or south east based.

They have been parachuted into safe seats by one party or another in obvious preference to genuine local activists, often via political nepotism.

Also, too many councillors are past their sell-by date, many in their 70s or 80s. With the greatest of respect to them, experience is one thing, but we need vigour and stamina as well.

DS Boyes, Rodley

Open invitation to the thieves

I HAVE no sympathy for the parent whose bike was stolen from outside their house (YEP, July 8).

Anyone with brains knows it’s an invitation for thieves to leave anything outside as many of my neighbours have discovered recently.

A young brother and sister lost their bikes and a few weeks later the girl’s bike was taken again.

You can’t have anything these days.

AE Hague, Harehills

Dry and low of meteorology

Stephen Watson states that our meteorologists have proved the earth is getting warmer (YEP, July 14).

Are these the same meteorologists who predicted last winter would be the driest on record?

I think the people of south west England might have something to say about that.

Bob Green, Armley