YEP Letters: July 19

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Policies are traditional Labour

Mick Hooson, Chapel Allerton

With regard to C Sharp’s letter (YEP, July 16). Labour have won every by-election, all the town and city mayoral elections, beat the Tories in this year’s local elections and 63 per cent of Labour voters followed the party line in the EU referendum.

Party membership is now four times the size of the Tory party and Jeremy has forced the Tories to make repeated U-turns. In addition he is developing economic policies to benefit the many and not the few.

These are not extreme policies, simply traditional Labour ones and will prove very popular with the electorate.

Therefore Jeremy should and will remain party leader to ensure Labour continues to provide real opposition to the Tory government and go on to win the next election.

The remainers are just such poor losers

Sandra Goldberg, Harrogate

It has become apparent that the majority of EU “remainers” are extremely poor losers, none more so than John M Collins (YEP Letters, July 15) judging by the tone of his letter!

Who are these people who do “independent surveys” and suggest that the leave voters come from “areas where the standard of education was lowest”.

I voted to leave and I can assure John Collins that I was educated at two of the best schools in Leeds.

To suggest that because “remainers” have signed a petition there should be a second referendum is absolutely ridiculous.

Does that mean that at the next General Election, if Mr Collins’ chosen party does not win, he will start a petition to keep on having General Elections until the party of his choice wins?

I don’t think so.

Get used to it – you lost

M Meeson, by email

In reply to the persistant moaners of the leave referendum.

The pound soars as interest rates are kept on hold. The £50m Burbery manufacturing site is to go ahead creating 1,000 jobs in Leeds. Sterling is strengthening against the dollar.

In reply to John M Collins (YEP Letters, July 15) when the “majority” voted to join the Common Market (or EEC) in 1973 there were nine member states, now there are 25 with Turkey to add to that figure eventually. We have had uncontrolled migration with the highest proportion of votes for leave are in the areas badly affected by migration.

And he has the audacity to suggest that the areas that had the strongest “to leave” vote was due to their low standard of education. Well I can tell you this, they voted leave to so that the United Kingdom can have its borders under control, its fishing industry back, its laws.

If Scotland decides in a “majority” vote to remain in the EU or even to leave the United Kingdom it will be their democratic decision.

The uneducated, the poor, the unemployed, the majority have voted “leave”. Get used to it, you lost we won.

Making amends for original vote

Elisabeth Baker, LS17

In his letter concerning the referendum (YEP, July 15) John Collins was, uncharacteristically, incorrect about the original referendum on Europe.

We did not then vote to join the EEC – we had joined it two years previously. The vote was to decide whether we should stay in or not.

Even those who say that this original referendum was to confirm our membership must surely realise that.

Against my gut feeling, I voted all those years ago to stay, as I then felt that once we were in we could not leave.

At least then it was only a Common Market. I have looked on in horror since then as the tentacles of the European Union tightened around us all. I longed for the opportunity to make amends for my original vote and at last I had the chance on June 23.

Those who complain that the result this time was with a narrow majority need to remember that even MPs can be elected on a majority of only one.

Would they have been complaining if the result had been to Remain, with the same majority? I think not.

Do they really want another referendum, and another, and another, until (as in Ireland) they achieve the result they want?

How democratic is that?

It’s the meaning of democracy!

John Wainwright, byemail

If John M Collins wants to have a rational adult discussion about the rights and wrongs of the EU referendum result I and many others would be happy to accommodate him, but his bland assertion that the vote to leave was dictated by the ‘uneducated’ is obnoxious and insulting.

Are those people less entitled to vote, and are their priorities less worthy of consideration than those of an arrogant, self selected, petition writing elite?

Absolutely not. That is the meaning of democracy!

Brexit was only rational option

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

John Cole of Shipley claims that the EU referendum was flawed although nowhere in his letter (YEP, July 13) does he explain how.

Instead he suggests that we should heed a speech on democracy made by Lord Armstrong who, like all of the members of the House of Lords, has not been decratically elected !

Mr Cole also claims that 400 MPs supported the ‘Remain’ campaign yet, even if this was the case, their reasons for this are only known to themselves. It would be naive to believe they all had the best interests of the country at heart.

The fact that there are 
more opportunities for 
party members to find/
keep jobs on the EU gravy trainby staying in the EU could just as easily influence their decision.

The fact that Mr Cole suggests Britain would be better trying to reform the EU from within shows he acknowledges that the EU is flawed.

Unfortunately the intricacies of EU government prevent reform from within from ever happening.

Every UK government since Mrs Thatcher was PM has tried and failed to reform the EU from within.

Brexit was the only rational option.

Practice what you preach

Mavis Harrison, LS9

WHy should taxpayers be funding royal travel costs?

Surely they are wealthy enough in their own right to pay for every single journey they take.

Fifty seven trips at £10,000 each for them and their staff in 2015/16.

Prince Charles waffles on about carbon footprint - I say, put up and shut up and practice what you preach.

Support for young is vital

Steve Oversby, director of Barnardo’s East Region

The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, must build on David Cameron’s legacy and make sure there is comprehensive support available for young people who have grown up in care.Barnardo’s often acts as a first port of call for young people who don’t have parents to rely on, providing emotional support, accommodation and employment opportunities, for care leavers.

Many care leavers have a disrupted education, when multiple care placements mean missed months of school or changing schools at a crucial time.

Just 14 per cent of care leavers achieve five or more A*-C GCSEs compared with 65 per cent of their peers.

Some 40 per cent of care leavers are not in employment, education or training (NEET) compared to only 14 per cent 
of 19-24-year-olds, and just 
six per cent of care leavers go into higher education compared to 25 per cent of their peers.

Young people who’ve grown up in care can go on to do amazing things, but they don’t always have someone to nurture and develop them. Theresa May, can show she means business by making the Keep on Caring strategy, which aims to improve the life chances of care leavers, become a reality.

In her own words, she must make sure the country works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

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