YEP Letters: May 12

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‘Undeserving’ poor face more drastic attacks

Nick Palin, Garforth

MARGARET Thatcher coined the phrase “there is no such thing as society” some 30 years ago. Given the outcome of the election, never a truer comment has been made.

Clearly the electorate, at least in England and Wales, adopted the mantra of “I’m all right Jack” and therefore returned a right-wing Tory government.

Lets face it, the effect of austerity and the recession has had minimal, if any, impact on most of us.

It is the poor and disadvantaged who have paid the cost of both austerity and recovery; particularly young adults and the elderly.

Look at the young; they struggle to cope with low pay and zero hours contracts, coupled with the expectation that they will have to work excessive hours.

The aspiration of owning their own home is but a distant dream. Many will have to continue either living with their parents or finding private rented accommodation, which is often substandard and at excessive rent levels.

The elderly who need day to day care find that they are often at the mercy of poorly trained staff with the level of care far below the necessary requirements that they need.

For the last five years at least we have had the moderating influence of the Liberal Democrats.

But now that has gone there will be further, and more drastic, attacks on those who are increasingly seen as the “undeserving” poor; a phrase these days which seems to refer to anyone claiming benefit whether in work or not.

The electorate would do well to remember that it is the working class movement as espoused in the Labour and trade union movements that has given them the opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that most of us do today.

That opportunity should not be denied to future generations.

Hoodwinked by media owners

Roy Pearson, Burmantofts

I NEVER cease to be amazed at the gullibility of the average English voter.

In 2009 when it was clear that the Tory party could not win the election of 2010, the rich and powerful owners of the opinion-forming media found their own messiah.

Nick Clegg was the chosen one.

Every word he spoke was reported to be a pearl of wisdom. Every TV appearance he made was written up as a statesman like performance outshining all others.

A vote for Nick would be the wise thing to do. It worked. A propped up minority government was the result and a few months later he was trashed by the same print media that had no further use for him.

Replace the name Clegg with Farage and here we go again. Owners of Tory-supporting newspapers bankrolled him, lauded him and urged people to vote for him.

Split the vote and we will win was the plan. It worked in Morley.

Add a few scaremongering stories about Labour and the SNP and bingo.

Hook, line and sinker, they swallowed the lot. All except the majority of the sensible folk of Yorkshire of course.

Abraham Lincoln had some wise words about elections. He said “They belong to the people, it’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backsides to the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on the blisters.”

All I can say is, get the ointment ready.

Voting system in UK must change

Nathan Garbutt, UKIP Parliamentary Candidate

I WOULD like to thank the 9,785 people who last week voted for UKIP in Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley making us the official second party and opposition in the constituency.

This is the first time we have stood here in a general election, our budget and resources were small compared to those of the other parties but despite this we achieved a respectable second place and the best result in West Yorkshire for UKIP which we intend to build on in the coming years.

One thing is clear from this election – the voting system in this country is out of date and needs to change.

It can’t be right that UKIP polled almost as many votes across the country as the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish Nationalists put together and yet we have just one member of Parliament while the others got 67 between them.

Divisive policies from the Tories

Nigel Bywater, Morley

I HOPE I can predict David Cameron’s first broken promise. In January he said “a majority Conservative government would change the law so that workers in essential public services would only be able to strike if 40 per cent of eligible union members vote in favour of industrial action.”

I’m not sure why he thinks public sector workers should be treated differently from other workers, no one takes the action of striking lightly.

And how has he got the cheek to bring in laws that limit my right to strike, whilst the Conservatives were elected on 27.5 per cent of the electorate (36.9 per cent of the votes cast)?

If he brings in proportional representation for Westminster, I would accept a minimum 40 per cent for a strike ballot, but David Cameron isn’t a fair Prime Minister.

He is dividing the nation; the Scots against the rest of the UK; public sector against the private sector, and rich against the poor.

Ill-informed political views

Richard Barker, Alwoodley

Over the past few years, a number of YEP readers have expressed their views on political matters through the letters page.

Many of these views were of a nasty and ill-informed nature against the Prime Minister, his Chancellor and the Conservative Party.

One such correspondent – Mel Smart of Farsley – got it so wrong with comments about Ed Balls such as “if you go to Morley you will find that his constituents think he is an excellent MP so much so that he will walk it at the next election, unlike the hypocrite Clegg who will be out of Parliament in 2015.”

Mel – you got it the wrong way round. He also predicted a Labour Government.

The pollsters, Mel and all the other Socialist writers who all got their predictions so wrong, now need to go away and take a long summer holiday.

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