Were George Orwell still alive today he would find that the Big Brother featured in his book 1984 is indeed alive and thriving.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a Center Parcs holiday company advert which, the ASA says, encourages parents to take children out of school during term times.
A BBC report states that they had received at least two complaints from parents in favour of the ban. My goodness!
But what about the silent majority of those who definitely will be in favour of the cheaper holidays available at those times?
Looking at it from another angle, Center Parcs say they have to reduce prices in off-peak periods to continue to remain profitable.
But the ASA ruled that they had crossed the line in the advert by featuring children enjoying various activities while promoting an offer that was only available when they should be at school.
While that particular issue has still to be finally resolved, isn’t that what holidays are for?
And who can blame low income families from wanting to take advantage?
The Watchdog programme the other night highlighted the way salesmen are duping older people into buying recliner chairs at more than twice the true value, breaching procedures and the law.
It is also patently obvious that young and older drivers seeking insurance cover are being discriminated against in similar fashion, in spite of being claim and accident free.
It is time the ASA had a look at the methods employed by these companies.
It’s certainly a pity that the ASA doesn’t take up the cudgel on behalf of motorists looking for more reasonable car insurance.
The deluge of TV adverts, while promising the earth, prove to be little more than words disguising in ambiguity the true costs after the small print and other conditions are revealed.
If they did take action, they would have the support of thousands.
Ernest Lundy, Leeds
What’s going on at Morrisons?
MY FIRST experience of Morrison’s stores was of the in Lincoln some 20 years ago, perhaps a flagship and part of the catalyst of development south of that city.
Of all supermarkets that is the one I most enjoy and now, on alternate Fridays at midday, I accompany a friend to the Hunslet store in Leeds.
In sharp contrast to recent criticism of the chain, the staff have readily gone to the inner sanctum to bring items not on the shelf, and a raised finger in query to locate items stops assistants in full flight who then often accompany us to the actual shelf.
Now, in recent weeks we have been both surprised and concerned by the apparent fall off in customers at this time.
Some aisles seem to be devoid of shoppers, with space everywhere in contrast to the usual expected melee.
Fewer staff are dashing around and the check out area is similarly quiet.
This week the car park had many empty spaces and the disabled area nearest to the filing station had six free spaces, something previously unheard of.
Has pricing caused the drift? Or could it be the flow of adverse publicity?
Stuart Clark, Garforth, Leeds
Roundabout in a terrible state
I WOULD imagine that many YEP readers who live in the Killingbeck area will have noticed the disgusting state of the roundabout close to the police station.
I can see where the grass has been cut around the perimeter, but what about the main problem – the ivy that is killing the trees?
If these trees are going to be saved then action must be taken now.
I don’t know who is responsible for the maintenance of the roundabouts – contractors or the council.
But compared with other roundabouts in the area this one is disgusting.
Let’s see some action.
T Valentine, Leeds
Don’t forget Harehills Lane
Oak Tree Drive in Oakwood is being marked out, presumably prior to much needed repair.
Yet the road surface on Harehills Lane near to Cowper Road is like something from a third world country.
Why prioritise Oak Tree Drive when Harehills Lane carries more traffic in a day than Oak Tree Drive carries in a month?
Walt Emsley, Oakwood, Leeds
Can you spare some time?
Did your readers know that there are around 800,000 people living with dementia in England and nearly 550,000 people caring for them?
The problem is that not enough carers have the opportunity to get away, even just for a few days.
We ran a survey which found that a shocking four out of 10 carers have not taken a single day off from caring in the past year, meaning that many find themselves in a caring role 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The effect of this stress is inevitable – 60 per cent of carers said a lack of time away from caring led them to feelings of depression and hostility towards the loved ones they care for.
This is a terrible situation to have to find oneself in, but one which in our experience is all too common.
I work for an amazing national charity called Vitalise. We know that caring for a loved one with a disability without the occasional break can take a huge physical and emotional toll – which is why we’ve been providing much-needed respite breaks for people with disabilities and carers alike for over 50 years.
The respite lifeline that Vitalise provides for people with disabilities and carers, including special weeks for couples living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, often makes the difference between coping and despair, between just existing – and really living.
That’s why this Dementia Awareness Week, Vitalise is backing the Dementia Friends campaign – and we urge your readers to do the same.
If you would like to find out more about Vitalise breaks, including our special Alzheimer’s weeks, or ways to support us, then please call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.vitalise.org.uk.
Stephanie Stone, Vitalise
Less argument, more subjects
I HAVE been a reader of the YEP for many years, but there is one thing that is letting this fantastic newspaper down.
When I read the Your Views page, it is full of letters from readers who prefer to write in and make comments against other letter writers, for example Malcolm Nicholson, as the views expressed have not reflected their own. It is becoming quite boring.
Can I please ask that more readers write or email the YEP on a variety of subjects or topical news which would be far more interesting than having to read “letter arguments” time and time again? Your Views should represent a cross section of the readers and various subjects, not just a reader’s political persuasion, surely?
A White, Bramley, Leeds
Doesn’t make family viewing
WHY DO soaps on TV have to be so anti-family for viewers?
In Coronation Street no one is happy and it is all doom and gloom. Now a murder is coming up. All for ratings.
I dread to think what dastardly plot will follow.
J Shedlow, Moortown, Leeds