YEP Letters: March 3

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Have your say

EARLY IN the month the YEP started a Readers’ Poll for and against the trolley bus. The result quickly settled at 28% for, 72% against.

On February 10 you published a feature on the First Group NGT alternative. Immediately the poll swung 4 further percentage points against the trolley bus.

The noisy minority, mostly anonymous, who constantly vilify the private companies promptly stepped up their uninformed knee jerk political campaign.

The criticism, mostly aimed at First, is understandable because in any business the incumbent always gets the blame. Those who do nothing are blameless because there is nothing to blame,

In simple terms whom would you trust to provide the optimum service? 

An operator with over 25 years experience having learned from his alleged mistakes, with a total fleet approaching 9,000 buses, with the ability to switch and provide replacements at the drop of a hat, buying the latest equipment with good resale and cascade potential thereby able to keep the most modern vehicles on the most important routes and by rotation hand them down to obtain the best economic return.

D H Townsley, Baronscourt, Whitkirk, Leeds

Tax avoidance schemes wrong

YEP FEATURE writer Jayne Dawson is absolutely correct about ‘tax avoidance’ schemes which in reality exist only on paper - being morally and legally wrong, no matter who is involved.

Most ordinary citizens not only on PAYE but others in small businesses wonder why or how HMRC ever allow such things to exist, unless different rules apply to ‘celebrities’ of radio, TV, football etc.

Although of course as long as MPs of every party do the same themselves, ie process their ‘outside’ earnings via private limited companies for the sole purpose of 
‘avoiding’ paying tax and National Insurance what chance will there 
ever be of justice for the rest of us?

DS Boyes, Upper Rodley Lane, Leeds

Give attackers a challenge

IF THE creeps who assaulted Mr Patel (who works for a living, which I don’t imagine they do) are caught, instead of slapping their wrists could we not send them on the 1664 challenge with the Royal Marines?

But then perhaps it isn’t fair to lumber the Marines with them.

Pity we can’t put them on a desert island somewhere (without eight records) and let them get on with it.

M Whitehead, Norfolk Mount, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Charity should begin at home

AS A 67-year-old pensioner who still pays tax, I think it is quite disgusting that cities and towns have to save vast amounts of expenses.

To think that the City of Bradford has to cut a quarter of its annual expenses and Doncaster Town Council have closed their old people’s homes and most of the libraries. What I find offensive is that the British Prime Minister gives many hundreds of millions of the taxation money to foreign nations. We have no control of how the money is spent once given to them.

It is about time the British Government realise that the working population of Great Britain are furious to see such large sums of the people’s money go abroad to any lame duck nation.

Is it fair to the people of Doncaster and Bradford citizens that they are having to save vast sums from their annual budgets, knowing that many hundreds of millions of pounds are going abroad.

This Conservative Government wants to wake up and take note of what the British people want. If this Conservative Government want to win a majority in the next election they should listen to the public’s views.

I am a Conservative voter. The Labour party are not fit to govern. Ukip should be listened to and understood; people are quite fed up of the very high cost of being a Member of the European Union.

Charity can go to British cities and towns before all these millions go to the foreign nations.

Surely my views are the views of many millions of working people. I am sick of being told that everything has to be cut.

We should look after Britain first.

Jeremy John Whittington HP (Happy Pensioner), Turnbull Court, Easterly Road

Labour’s to blame for debt

PLEASE ALLOW me to reply to Martin Phillips’ letter in the YEP on February 15.

The Conservatives have always stated that the National Debt would rise before it began to fall. The reason the debt had to rise was to honour the commitments that Labour made, some of them in a last ditch attempt to buy votes, eg the signing of contracts for two aircraft carriers, which they knew we could not afford.

Two illegal wars, which were nothing to do with us and nobody wanted, still costing billions of pounds.

Redundancy payments to our Armed Forces, because there is a ‘black hole’ deficit of billions in the defence budget, leaving our country at our enemies’ mercy.

Billions being paid out in welfare benefits to Labour’s open door immigration policy, which nobody voted for or wanted. People on Disability Benefits who are able to work. PFI contracts, which do not appear on Government borrowing budgets, but whose debt for the leasing of schools, hospitals etc still needs to be repaid and will continue for 30 or more years! That is why the NHS budget, in particular is in dire straits, repaying vast amounts of debt interest.

The economy was already bankrupt, under Labour, after inheriting a record surplus, upon coming into power in 1997, in their usual inept manner before the’ Red Herring’ of the ‘Banking crisis’ and nobody should forget Labour’s shambolic stewardship.

Thank you for the opportunity of giving your readers the facts.

B Duffy, by email

Trying to make a connection

I WAS very interested to hear some remarks from a religious leader about the recession, and the fact that someone had contacted him about the difficulties of signing on for JSA benefits.

Apparently, the person complaining had no or little computer skills, and was finding it extremely difficult in gaining employment.

Take for example, the DWP’s own job Internet site. You have to register to access it, and when you do, you are given a 12 character long login plus password. If you do see something that you are interested in (workwise), it often passes you to another site where you have to have a login and password to gain access to that employer’s vacancy. What a farce!

On a recent visit to my local Job Centre, all I saw on their “Pods” was for vacancies for positions that I had never heard of before or had any experience of. All those job vacancies presently shown on the “Pods” should be on the Internet, and all the jobs online should be at the Job Centre “Pods”. I personally was made redundant in 2011 by Comet (Distribution), and given a redundancy package for 21 years’ service, so I cannot draw JSA at present. I am 60 years old this year, have enough stamps to retire, but cannot gain state pension until 2020. I suppose that I could get to draw my company pension. All that someone advised me once was: “If you have a company pension, then utilise it”. Many employers seem to go for younger people!

I would be very useful to companies working with receiving and despatching of electronic components, but I cannot get to talk with them directly!

Mike Horne, Cockshott Lane, Leeds

Leeds, Briggate, 5th December 1971

pedestrian crossing.

YEP Letters: June 24