YEP Letters: June 13

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The so-called Big Six energy companies operate what amounts to a cartel which has a virtual monopoly on both the wholesale and retail side of the energy industry (YEP, June 10).

Wholesale energy prices have fallen by a third in the past six months, but not a penny piece has been passed on to the customer. This borders on criminality.

They are holding the country to ransom – and what is this inept coalition doing about it? Nothing.

Cameron and Clegg ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Do they not realise there are 20 million pensioners in this country, all on limited incomes, who are being penalised by price hiked energy bills?

Every single customer is being overcharged by £300 or more per year.

An insider says that prices are being kept artificially high to counteract the price freeze proposed by the Labour Party should they be elected to government in 2015.

But what will happen if they are not?

It is sheer profiteering.

The only way to stop this cartel is to nationalise it. Bring it under government control.

This can be done quite easily and would cost the Government nothing.

Introduce the Golden Share. This would be a 51 per cent holding in all the companies within the industry.

The Department of Energy would then take control of pricing and policy and take half of the profits, which would go to the taxman.

Unless the government of which ever colour takes over, to quote Private Fraser, ‘We’re doomed’.

Mel Smart, Farsley

Labour behind passport woes?

With regard to the latest furore over delayed passport renewals (YEP, June 12), most people must be astonished that Leeds does not have its own passport office.

There always used to be one, on Lady Lane, I think, up to the 1960s.

Those were the days of the old dark blue passports which could cover man and wife plus some children, in other words a whole family.

Durham or Liverpool are too far away from Leeds for most to make a personal application.

The abbreviated annual passports available from main Post Offices, handy for short trips in Europe, took pressure off the main passport offices but had to be discontinued because of widespread immigration fraud.

But what is the real rationale behind this problem?

Is it once again the Labour Party and its union paymasters trying to de-stabilise the Government?

DS Boyes, Rodley

Debt to miners

I WORKED for 17 years at Kellingley Colliery, which is now earmarked for closure.

What people have to realise is that the mines and miners made this nation one of the most powerful in the world and we owe a great deal of gratitude to the miners and the pits.

I am sure even the Queen would not throw aside the great contribution of coal mining to our great nation.

Denis Gabriel, Castleford

Café not best place for babies

In response to the young mum complaining that she wasn’t allowed to take her pushchair into the Seven Arts café in Chapel Allerton (YEP, June 7), when I had young children I took them to parks, play centres or even just for a walk.

I don’t think these young mums should expect to unload their large pushchairs and babies into any establishment they choose.

There is time for that when the children get older.

Some places are not anti-children, but many people choose to enjoy their leisure times without them, such as in venues like the Seven Arts café.

The mum said that she couldn’t understand the issue. Well, I can.

P Hylton, Seacroft

Lack of respect on the buses

The health and safety rules regarding children are going way overboard.

The other day I boarded a bus that was full of schoolchildren aged about nine or 10, all seated.

There were a few elderly people standing, but not one of the children gave up their seat and the people who were in charge of them didn’t offer to tell them to stand.

Even the seats that are marked for use by the elderly and disabled were occupied by children.

I was told by another passenger that the children are not allowed to give up their seats and stand in case they have an accident.

But if there had not been enough seats for the children then they would have had to stand.

Or would they have expected people to give up ther seats to avoid any accident that might occur?

Is this teaching children respect? I don’t think so.

Vera Rowe, Bramley

Making it hard for marshalls

I was pleased to read the letter from Nigel Evans with regard to the allocation of Tour Makers for the Tour de France (YEP, June 11) as I thought that I was being victimised. I too was accepted as a Tour Maker and did all the online training.

I live two minutes’ walk from the A61 in Chapel Allerton and do not have access to a car – information that was on my application).

So imagine my shock when I was allocated as a route marshall to a sector between Muker and Reeth – about as far away from home as you can get on stage one (and in the remotest part).

As the organisers did not reply to my e-mail and were extremely unhelpful when I finally got through to them by telephone, I withrew from the process and as a result will not be volunteering for anything ever again.

I will be watching the Grand Départ from near my house and will be interested to know where the route marshalls come from.

Beverley Merry, Chapel Allerton

Ukip’s bad crop

So V Platt, as a Ukip member, believes that the European Union has banned the use of seaweed by growers of Jersey Royal potatoes (YEP, June 12)?

Just go to the Jersey Royal website and the first sentence states that many farmers still use vraic (seaweed).

A bit like straight bananas and bent cucumbers, this is yet another Ukip lie.

John Garvani, Horsforth

Bus service will be sadly missed

I WAS sorry to hear that First has withdrawn the number 74a bus route.

It has always been a busy bus and will be sadly missed by passengers who live near Beeston Road and Holbeck.

I thought that popular routes were supposed to be safe.

It has been replaced by the number 64 but this is half-an-hour later, which may not be convenient for some people.

The number 64 has been an unreliable service, so it is to be hoped that it now becomes more reliable.

I would have thought that there was sufficient demand to run both routes.

Dewsbury Road has an excellent service as so many buses use this route, both First and Arriva.

Do they need another bus service?

Pauline Johnson, Beeston

Fairytale costs

I REALLY don’t think we need to be kept informed as to how much the Duchess of Cambridge’s clothes cost – for example, a coat nearly £1,500?

Most of the royals live on another planet.

It’s called Fairyland and they will never come back down to earth.

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

St George's Crypt, Leeds

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