YEP Letters: July 21

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Have your say

So Leeds Council have finally decided that it is too expensive to hold the Opera in the Park once again at Temple Newsam (YEP, July 12).

They say that they cannot afford to pay out the £200,000 that it would cost to hold the event.

It is an absolute disgrace that we have lost another wonderful musical event in the city when the solution was put forward three years ago.

More than 50,000 people used to regularly attend these concerts when they were free.

In 2011 the council announced that they would have to start to charge for the event because they couldn’t afford the £200,000 needed to hold the event.

Then many people, myself included, said just charge £5 and you won’t lose any large amount of customers but you will easily raise more than the cost of the show.

But no, the council were greedy and put the cost up to £15.

What did happen, of course, was that the numbers dropped dramatically and last year attendance was down to only 7,000.

Once numbers drop like that you will never get them back again.

Even Councillor John Proctor said that it was a disgrace to the city that we have now lost both the Opera in the Park and the Party in the Park.

The tragedy of this decision is that no-one is prepared to stand up and accept responsibility, even though many people like myself had suggested a solution.

Bill Moore, Stanley, Wakefield

Bad example set by strike

THE RECENT industrial action by public sector workers was utterly reprehensible, causing disruption and inconvenience.

In the case of teachers, fewer than one in eight actually voted for the strike that deprived children of a day’s education.

Ironically, had parents chosen to remove their children from school for a holiday, they would have been fined.

This is a classic example of the nauseating hypocrisy that is prevalent within the education system.

The actions of teachers displays a shocking example to the children they are supposed to be educating.

If we cannot have our own way then we will take our bat and ball home. Hardly the way professionals should behave.

Another union to show members had no appetite for striking was the Public and Commercial Services Union. A pitiful 18 per cent of its members voted for strike action so how can so few people be allowed to bring misery and disruption to the majority?

The case is now overwhelming for updating the law to introduce a minimum threshold.

It should be the case that half of a union’s membership votes and if they don’t bother, surely it suggests that members are more moderate than the union bosses.

As the economy continues to flourish under the Chancellor George Osborne, it is a sad indictment of the union movement that they seem hellbent on causing disruption.

It is apparent that the majority of union members do not support industrial action so why union leaders wish to support strikes is pointless.

If the country is to prosper, we must all be in this together.

Peter Neal, Cleethorpes

The month for fishing, Malcolm

REGULAR READERS of the letters page will need no introduction to the prolific contributor Malcolm Nicholson, who seems to have an opinion on every subject under the sun.

Most of his writings are very emotive, so much so that several people have suggested that he should take a rest from his word processor, calm down a bit, and take up a hobby such as gardening.

But for a calming influence many doctors have suggested that fishing is the ideal sport to take up.

I do not know if Mr Nicholson has ever tried the sport but if he would like to then now is the ideal time for the period.

From July 19 to the end of August has been deemed to be the National Fishing Month.

In that period the Leeds club will be running training sessions for newcomers, of any age, to the sport at their Kippax Park fishery.

All fishing tackle and bait will be provided and individual coaching will be given.

And all of that is free, all you have to do is turn up on any Wednesday during the time this period and the sessions run from 9am to 6pm.

The only snag is that I cannot guarantee is that Malcolm’s tutor will not be a Labour supporter.

Dennis Lemmon, Halton

Leeds has lost vital services

IF LEEDS is the ‘capital’ of this region, why in terms of anything ‘official’ is it becoming a backwater?

For most things of that nature, you have to travel many miles away.

Do our political leaders, both councillors and MPs, know that for the Small Claims section of the County Court, you now deal with Salford in Greater Manchester?

Or that the nearest passport office is in Durham and the local Government Ombudsman service is now at Coventry?

If they already did, what are they going to do to get these vital services and the jobs that go with them back into Leeds?

DS Boyes, Rodley

Backing the underground

I ENDORSE the letter from Frank Wright (YEP, July 9) that Leeds should have had an underground railway system many years ago.

There was a plan for it in the 1930s or 1940s and, as he says, if London can have more built then Leeds should have them as well.

London has eight machines boring them and Leeds would only need two.

So what is going on in the minds of our MPs for allowing this indifference?

AE Hague, Harehills

Massacre by mercenaries

DOES IT really matter what type of mercenary is fighting abroad (YEP, July 12) when what is at stake, both now and over the centuries, is the murder and massacre of innocent people?

Two months ago a British Muslim from Portsmouth was the first to be convicted under the anti-terrorist laws for planning to fight abroad.

I wait with interest to see the fate of the 100 British citizens currently fighting alongside the Israeli Army in its war against Palestinian citizens on the streets of Gaza when they return to Britain.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Holiday window in term time

The time to settle the business of family holidays in school term times, and the pros and cons of so doing is long overdue.

First of all the cost of holidays, cheaper at these times, seems to be a deciding issue.

While it is certainly a consideration, the powers that be seem incapable of appreciating the fact that many employees may only take holidays in order of seniority or on the grounds of practicality.

This is the case with the police, fire brigade and other service industries.

In order to partly solve this problem, would it not be a good idea to allow one period of two weeks per annum without parents having to suffer what look like draconian consequences for breaking what appears to be a ridiculous and inconsiderate legislation, fining those for so doing who can afford it least?

Recent cases quoted of over £200 smack once again of George Orwell’s Big Brother. Where will it all end?

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

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