YEP letters: June 18

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Concerns over cyclists using canal towpaths

Richard Wade, by email

As a walker who uses the canal towpath, I read with concern that part of the national cycle path between Bradford and Leeds, will be using the canal towpath (with a view to encouraging more people to get on their bikes).

I hope this does not happen, but if it does I hope it is going to be a path with two sections, one for walkers, one for cyclists, as they do in York.

The reason for this request, is because of the unacceptable, and dangerous speeds that some of these cyclists travel at, and with most of them having no form of warning, i.e. horn or bell.

The canal towpaths are narrow, and not really paths, but rough tracks, with deep water on one side, and a ditch or rough grass on the other side, so now we have walkers, and people on metal vehicles moving at far higher speeds than the walkers.

This is not not a safe mix, if it was, why is it illegal to ride a bicycle on the pavement or a public footpath?

Clarity on asylum seekers

Rev R Paterson, Leeds

The letter by M Meeson (YEP, June 16) is littered with myth and half truths.

I would prevail upon your columns just one more time only for the purpose of directing readers (and Mr Meeson) to the various websites that give clarity to the issues surrounding asylum seekers and illegal immigration.

The Refugee Council is good and various local councils, like Salford, give plenty of information. People who deal in rumour and scapegoating are far more dangerous to society than any immigrant.

Readers, please take responsibility for your own information there are plenty of folk in our city who know the real situation, starting with our city council.

I am really surprised that folk still look to the tabloid press hoping to find objective information on this subject. I note that Mr Meeson does not refer to my point about indigenous claimants who are in work!

Be realistic on immigration

B Duffy, by email

The sheer gullibility of R Paterson’s letter (YEP June 15) is breathtaking. If he looks at the majority of the people 
being ‘rescued,’ he will see
that they are young men, seeking an easier and better life in the west, preferably in the UK.

If people were truly fleeing for their lives,they would seek refuge in the next country, not travel thousands of miles,across several safe countries, to get to the UK.

We are a bankrupt country and full up. You have only got to visit any inner city area of Leeds to see how our city has changed beyond all recognition, irreversably.

Once these people set foot in the UK there is no chance of them being sent back. His point about benefit cheats is true, but they are our cheats and should be made to earn their benefits.

As a Christian, I too feel sorry for these people and see their plight in trying to gain a better life, but we need to be realistic.We cannot afford the people who are already here.

Sold down the river

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Much has been made by politicians of all parties regarding the British people voting to join the European Union in 1975 .

This is entirely wrong. We voted to join a Common Market. This was, as the name suggests, a trade agreement and had no political or legal implications. We never invisaged the laws of our land being overruled by the European Courts of Justice and Human Rights.

We have been sold down the river by governments of all persuasions. Renegotiate or return to our traditional trading partners who would be only too happy to have us back.

I do not have an insular outlook, just a wish to trade with those who truly respect our nation .

Labour may have learned lessons

T Maunder, Kirkstall

Malcolm Nicholson (YEP letters, June 15) criticises Labour for changing its values about certain policy issues, such as attracting aspirational young people to its fold.

One phrase people in positions of authority like to use these days, as a means of avoiding accountability and responsibility, is “lessons have been learned”.

Patients died of neglect on your watch? Just say “lessons have been learned” and all is fine, now disappear and live off your huge public sector senior management pension 
(as opposed to the pensions of the real workers).

It could be that far from jumping on bandwagons, Labour have actually reflected on their failure and “learned the lessons”. Time (and the next leader) will tell.

Cuts have hit the poorest

Walt Emsley, Leeds

Since 2010 the UK government’s main policy to recover from the global financial crisis has been deep spending cuts.

This has had some effect on reducing the deficit but as there was no growth debt has risen from 50 per cent of GDP in 2010 to 90 per cent of GDP in 2013. The effects of the cuts has hit the poorest in society the most. Since 2010 the wealth of the richest 1000 people in the UK has doubled. This does not seem fair to me whichever party you vote for.

New bill of rights?

John Wood, Garforth

I HEAR David Cameron is attempting to introduce a British Bill of Rights.

We already have a Bill of Rights signed into law on December 16, 1689. It included items such as regular free elections (not for every one) freedom of speech, outlawing cruel or unusual punishments, protestants the right to bear arms for protection, incorporation of the Magna Carta.

Further parliamentary acts introduced in 1911 and 1949 enhanced this Bill. The American Bill of Rights was based on our bill. Most of the Commonwealth countries adopted a similar set of words in their own Bills of Rights.

It would be better for Britain if these documents could be updated and brought into the modern world to the benefit of all UK citizens.

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