YEP Letters: May 28

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Unsung heroes bring colour to our city

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

It was really nice to see your two-page spread on the wonderful work done by Leeds City Council’s team at Redhill Nursery (YEP, May 23).

We don’t hear enough of their efforts, which can sometimes be taken for granted.

They battle on, all through the year, to keep our city and its environs full of colour, bringing even just greenery to some concrete areas if that’s all they can do.

This spring it was dazzling to see the uncountable daffodils which came up, especially alongside the roads, almost like thick yellow ribbon decorations, which lifted your spirit as you drove past.

These lasted for weeks, until God’s own gift of dandelions took their place for a while, and now we are seeing the various colours of the spring/summer plants everywhere, both in the ground and suspended in the air!

Well done to the team, you are the unsung heroes of the open spaces in Leeds. I’m sure many of us would like to thank you in person.

As a gardener myself I know (on a very much smaller scale of course!) how much work you must put in, to achieve this state of excellence.

And well done to the grass cutters who have left most of the daffodil foliage to die down naturally, thus feeding the bulbs for next year’s display!

It might look a little untidy for a while, but it will be well worth it.

When you’re working, you know you’re getting paid, but it’s always nice to get a compliment from time to time.

It makes it all worthwhile – and it costs nothing! So I say, well done to the team, and thank you.

Shame and guilt of ‘shy Tories’

Dave MacFadyen, Cross Gates

Brian Johnston’s letter (Your Feedback, May 25) gives us a view into the mind of a typical Tory voter and their motivation. Like Mr Johnston, many are motivated by fear of the bogeyman. At least he admits it, albeit unwittingly.

Democracy for Mr Johnston is to have the government that only he and 25 per cent of the eligible electorate chose. The other 75 per cent will just have to lump it.

He appears to suggest that a socialist who is not poverty stricken, and dressed in rags, is a “hypocrite”. He inadvertently suggests that left-wing politics would help the poor and not him. With this, he acknowledges that there is a distinct class divide and that both left and right-wing views are inevitable.

However, he also appears to suggest that “the so-called downtrodden, the starving food bank millions that the left love to portray” do not exist.

According to Mr Johnston we live in a “capitalist paradise”. But then he says that the Left are “blinkered” from reality. I guess that blinkers are preferable to a blindfold.

Is it really any wonder that many “shy Tories” do not admit their voting habit?

This is surely out of a feeling of guilt and shame because they are willfully prepared to inflict suffering and even death on others for personal gain.

Mr Johnston’s final paragraph “Socialist hypocrites all, the lot of them. The real vandals are not in No 10, but the blinkered intolerant lefties”. I assume that is meant to be taken as a joke, given the letter which precedes it, otherwise he is the epitome of denial and projection.

It should be heartening for Mr Johnston to know that most Leeds voters did not send Tories to Westminster.

I am sure that Tory voters do so for many reasons, but fear and lack of knowledge should not be a motivation.

Labour party will bounce back

Nigel Bywater, Morley

Nick Keer (Your Feedback, May 22) seems to put two things together that do not belong, the Labour party and the decline of the left.

The Labour party are not a party of the left, there were some standing in the 2015 election, and they did reasonably well, considering our first past the post voting system. The Conservatives only managed to get 24 per cent of the electorate to vote for them, not exactly the “strong government” that Nick Keer wanted. The Labour party in Leeds retained all their city councillors, so it did reasonably well.

Nationally, with a new leader, perhaps a local such as the Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, the Labour party will bounce back.

Let’s hope that the 76 per cent of the population that did not vote Conservative will be listened to, as MPs are meant to represent all their constituents.

Living in Morley myself, the one thing that leads to poor democracy is when one or two parties have very safe seats.

What is needed is proportional representation, at all levels of local and national Government.

Nick Keer thinks that the economy has “been recovering”; but the salaries of the wealthy have been rising faster, and with a reduced income tax rate.

The savings made by the Government have come from the poor, the nurses, teaching staff and the public sector.

I will be very interested to see what Andrea Jenkyns will do for all the people of Morley and Outwood, with the backing of the Morley Borough Independents, she should be able to move mountains.

Travellers in school grounds

Mike Harwood, Kirkstall

It is reported that a group of travellers have set up camp in the grounds of Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge (YEP, May 21).

These days we are frequently being reminded (as is quite obviously the case) that the gap in this country between rich and poor is constantly widening

Perhaps we should be pleased that here, in one tiny way, the gap has been reduced – physically at least!

When a bomb hit Leeds museum

Edna Levi, Leeds

Further to the war archives article (YEP, May 27) and casualties suffered during the bombing of Leeds, I wonder if anyone recalls a bomb hitting the old Leeds museum.

I was a child and the uncle of a friend was killed. He was called Solly Bell and was a fireman, blown up whilst attending the scene.

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

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