YEP Letters: May 20

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IT APPEARS I have been deluded in thinking that the Magic Weekend is all about showcasing everything that is good about rugby league.

I also mistakenly thought it was a ‘spectacle’ from the RFL to ‘treat’ the fans, but instead learned that the RFL only has contempt for rugby league fans.

I won a pair of tickets in a competition for Sunday’s matches. I didn’t go.

A friend of mine who went to the Etihad stadium to watch Saturday’s games texted me to say that spectators were being prevented from taking their own food and drink into the ground.

It meant fans were forced to pay through the nose for junk food and drink from vendors to satisfy their appetites for the best part of nine hours.

My pain relief medication demands that I take food before my tablets so I would have had a choice of suffering severe pain or buy the vendors’ food and drink.

Martin J Phillips, Tinshill Lane, Cookridge

Lottery’s price of exclusion

IN REPLY to the response from Sally Cowdry, Camelot’s marketing and consumer director, (YEP, May 17) to my recent letter it is obvious that the more people with winning numbers the more diluted the prize fund will become.

Surely it must have dawned on Camelot by now that since the cost of placing a bet on the lottery was increased by 100 per cent the prize pot hasn’t got bigger, it’s got smaller, 
even when taking into account the multiple £20,000 raffle payout.

Increasing the cost has simply excluded a huge number of ordinary working people from doing the lottery on a regular basis.

As for the Match 3’s being given priority and using up a large part of the prize pool, Camelot must be the only gambling organisation that doesn’t lay off the lower dividend payouts to increase and maintain the higher dividends.

The football pools (which, by the way, still exist) have done this since they first came into being.

Derek Barker, Leeds

End prejudice against Leeds

THE Tour de France has not only excited us with the prospect of global attention but intensified our already strong sense of identity as a distinct and distinctive part of Britain.

This momentum must be maintained and be a catalyst for further and greater exploits.

But this depends upon the influence and pressure we can bring to bear at Westminster, which from ignorance, jealousy or political expediency has always short-changed us and denied us our dues.

Much of the funding and favour is channelled through extra-parliamentary routes and below the radar by cronyism.

Our MPs seem blithely unaware and unconcerned judging from their non-involvement.

Recent examples are the Manchester tramline and the location of a bank in Sheffield.

One has only to reflect on the superior facilities these cities enjoy to wonder what else we don’t know.

At the forthcoming elections we must empower those willing to act to end this discrimination and prejudice against Leeds.

Paul Kilroy, Spennithorne Avenue, Leeds.

Sick system of payouts in NHS

I WAKE this morning to the news that £166m was spent in pay-offs/bonuses in the NHS this last year, a rise of 36 per cent.

It is estimated that a singular proportion of this rise is caused by said pay-offs and bonuses to senior managers.

These are the people who are ultimately accountable for poor standards. Just look what Cameron and his acolytes did about one of them: David Nicholson. Nothing.

Labour provide no opposition whatsoever so are just as culpable. I’m glad I am retired – I couldn’t bear working in such a sick system run by such sick, egocentric, self-aggrandising career politicians, looking to be the next PM and nothing more.

R Kimble, by email

Stifling debate on UK’s future

The endless controversy around UKIP is a way of stifling real debate about this country’s future.

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are all singing from the same, clapped-out songbook on the EU.

For years the political elite have tried to smear ordinary British patriots as racist when voicing their concern on immigration.

We are led by second-rate men with first-class educations who know nothing of the real world.

Gormless Gordon Brown spoke for the lot of them when he called Gillian Duffy (a lifelong Labour supporter) “that bigoted woman” for having the temerity to speak out on immigration.

The European elections won’t be decided by closet racists or loonies, they will be decided by people who love their country, and who want it back.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Too soft on criminals

It beggars belief that once again a murderer, in this case Arnold Pickering, has not returned to jail when his leisure time was up.

Who are the people responsible for this outrage?

Why are the powers that be so soft in treating these criminals and yet so hard on the general, law-abiding public?

Malcolm Shedlow, Moortown

Use of ‘lovey’ is patronising

I WANTED to express my view on the use of the word “love” and “lovey” by Yorkshire people. I intended writing a while ago, but I thought I would let it drop. But today as usual in the shops I was addressed as “love” or “lovey”.

In the past I have been called “darling” – and it annoys me so much.

I think it is patronising to address people in this manner, and for want of a better word, it is too familiar.

When anyone speaks to me this way I feel like an idiot. Now that I have got older I am really sensitive to being called “lovey”.

Who do these people think they are?

It is so patronising, especially coming from someone younger than myself.

I may have used the word “love” with children, but certainly not with an adult. I don’t agree with any of it.

Patricia Bentley, Headingley

Foster carers helped me a lot

MY NAME is Katie and I am 16 years old. I have been in foster care since I was eight. I live with my foster carers and their own children, who are like a brother and sister to me. I love my foster family because they helped me to be healthy. They moved me to a lovely, better school and I have proven that I am clever and good at school work.

I feel proud of myself now and I have lots of friends. I like to go to the cinema with my friends. My foster carers are friendly, kind, nice, reliable and responsible. They don’t shout or hit. They do not make fun of people and never say anything bad about my family or why I cannot be at home. They have helped me a lot.

In Yorkshire there is a shortage of 750 foster families. My foster carers changed my life, and this Foster Care Fortnight (May 12-25) I would like to ask your readers to consider opening up their homes to help children and young people like me.

To find out more about fostering with Action for Children please visit actionforchildren.org.uk.

Address withheld

Bernard Kenny, the man who tried to save Jo Cox from her attacker.

YEP Letters: August 16