YEP Letters: June 17

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THE suggestion that the ban on prams and pushchairs at Seven Arts café in Chapel Allerton should be extended to buses (YEP, June 12) is very mean.

I am a pensioner and am so glad I can take my great grandson on the bus in a pushchair with ease.

Leave the young mums alone, don’t make life even harder for them by banning prams or pushchairs from buses.

Many grandparents mind their grandchildren – does M Simpson want to make life hard for them also?

Do they not have any children or never go on the bus with them when they were babies?

When my children were small I would walk miles to my mother in law rather than go by bus as I had to take baby out of the pushchair, fold the heavy pushchair down, then get on the bus with the baby under one arm and pushchair and changing bag under other arm.

Hard work, especially if one had another child to put on the bus first.

At least now mums don’t have to wake up a sleeping baby which, if it were crying, would probably annoy these intolerant passengers.

I say live and let live.

Eileen Heaney, East End Park

Fury over pram ban comments

I am furious with the comments that have been made in response to the article about Seven Arts café banning pushchairs from going in.

People saying that mothers with young children should be banned from buses is horrendous.

How do people expect parents with children to get around?

Not everybody can drive or afford to drive. Do they expect us to walk everywhere?

How about banning the people who think that pushchairs should be banned?

And I couldn’t believe Bob Green’s comment about breastfeeding in public. It is the best and most natural way to feed your child.

I would not expect any mother to stop breastfeeding her child just because some people don’t agree with it.

If they don’t like it, they should walk away.

Keeley Ingham, Leeds

UK is like a third world country

DAVID Cameron has initially pledged £3m of taxpayers’ money to Iraq.

This is ridiculous when Britain is like a third world country, with people having to use food banks and living on the poverty line.

It should be Tony Blair and George Bush that should be giving money to Iraq.

It’s these two individuals who caused the situation in the first place, not the British people.

The money we are giving should be doubled, with those two individuals footing the bill.

The people of this country should not have to suffer because of these two men and the problems they have caused.

Roger Watkinson, Halton

What did war in Iraq achieve?

IT looks as though our illegal war in Iraq with all its loss of life has left the door open for terrorists to take over the country.

Have we really brought the Iraqis democracy? Or chaos?

Hilary Andrews, Alwoodley

Ruling is not in the best taste

John Garvani claims it’s a Ukip lie that the European Union has banned the use of seaweed in the growing of Jersey potatoes (YEP, June 13).

As I heard when I visited Jersey, they do indeed use seaweed while the potatoes are on the island, but it is an EU ruling that they cannot be packed for export covered with this seaweed, as in the past.

This, I think, is why we now complain that Jersey potatoes don’t have the flavour that they used to.

Lynne Pullein, Leeds

Concerns over radicalisation

WE all have every reason to be concerned about events in Birmingham schools (YEP, June 15).

As a retired teacher, I would be surprised if even ‘no notice’ inspections would prevent the potential for radicalisation.

I have no doubt that such attempts are made, but the means are subtle and wily – subversion by stealth via a raised eyebrow or nod of the head.

I know through supply work locally how much greater is Muslim pupils’ respect for Muslim teachers (especially men) than for ‘infidels’.

In some Bradford schools, assemblies are dominantly Islamic – with a Christian alternative for a handful of pupils.

At evening, many Muslim pupils will prioritise time at the mosque over homework.

In tutoring a 10-year-old Muslim boy in literacy, I asked him to write about a role model. He would only think of his father and the prophet Muhammad – is this touching loyalty or incipient fanaticism?

In another case, a Muslim boy wished to write about Muhammad Ali – not as ‘the greatest’ but as a Muslim.

Our multicultural society shows minimal integration but rather parallel development with mutual intolerance of varying degrees of reluctance.

Many Muslims have no intention of assimilating liberal, democratic values and none will wish to assimilate Christianity.

In the major waves of immigration of the late 20th century, Muslims were solely economic migrants to the UK and lacking any sort of resolve to become British.

Whether there is an organised plot in Birmingham will need investigation, but there is no doubt that there are people in schools who wish to promote Islamic fundamentalism.

No one government department should be investigating this, but all who care about our country and way of life should be vigilant.

Islamic fundamentalists are out there – at a school near you. Their determination must be matched by ours.

R Webb, Halifax

Fly the flag for ‘British values’

David Cameron has pledged that Muslim clerics in the UK who inflame terrorism by denouncing equality, free speech and democracy will be opposed in a ‘muscular’ new defence of British values.

Is this yet another headline-grabber to be forgotten in a few days like all his other pledges?

For years we have fumed at the sight of loonies like Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza publicly preaching their hatred of Christianity and the West with police protection while receiving ridiculous benefits provided by the taxpayers.

Why did it take years to get rid of them?
Political correctness, that insult to normal people’s intelligence, has been the main priority of politicians, school teachers and Town Hall toadies.

The downgrading of Christianity by these clowns is a disgrace and the pathetic Church of England hierarchy stood idly by while councils tried to get rid of Christmas altogether just so we don’t offend ‘minority religions’.

Now we are suffering the consequences with the Birmingham schools being radicalised.

If Cameron is really serious about ‘British values’, he should start by flying the Union flag from all public buildings permanently instead of just 18 days a year.

Terry Watson, Adel

Congratulations to Kevin Sinfield

As a lifelong rugby league and Huddersfield supporter, I would like to offer my congratulations to Kevin Sinfield on being awarded an MBE (YEP, June 14).

He has not only been a great servant to Leeds Rhinos and England but also to the game itself. He is a wonderful ambassador.

Many congratulations, Kevin – thoroughly deserved.

Alan Netherwood, Pontefract

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