IN THE national news on April 28 we were told that a survey, carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research, found there were children (plural) as old as five years still wearing nappies to school.
It is claimed that this is as a result of lack of toilet training. This will be used to support some change in Government policy. They might even tell us that the children’s mothers are wasting too much time at the bingo, in their curlers and slippers, spending taxpayers’ money which they receive for doing nowt.
It reminds me of the Government’s misuse of Mid Staffs NHS Trusts problems to push through “reforms” in the NHS. Several times I heard David Cameron, our Prime Minister, say in Parliament “Patients (plural again) were so desperate for a drink that they had to drink dirty water from flower vases (plural again.) What would compel you to drink dirty water from a flower vase? Obvious nonsense, when you give it some thought, but this is the only comment I’ve heard from David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt on the subject of Mid Staffs.
The official inquiry identified staff shortages as the main problem at Mid Staffs. The Government responded: “Staffing is a local management issue and has nothing to do with us.” Then they immediately reverted to the dirty water from a vase myth.
The Government told us that people (yes, again plural) are claiming £100,000 a year in housing benefit, to justify their welfare “reforms”.
If it sounds ridiculous, it probably is.
By the way, most working class people have never been inside a bingo hall.
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Country near breaking point
THERE WERE times many years ago when visitors to our shores were not always welcome (Alan Slomson, Your views, April 30).
The Vikings, Picts, Jutes, Celts and the Romans not to mention the French all came to claim their place in the British Isles. St George, born in Ledda was a Roman soldier, a Christian Palestinian who was martyred for his Christian belief. He was adopted as our patron saint possibly for being...well, a Christian.
He probably never came to England and if he did, in those days, his only contribution would have been from his horse – good for the roses. Today’s immigrants are a different matter, many of them are here with no means of support and rely on the benefice of our taxpayers.
Thanks to the open door policy of the Labour party our services, hospitals, housing, prisons, schools and utilities etc, are almost at breaking point because of the additional demands placed upon them.
Obviously no thought was given regarding the extra burden upon our facilities or the wishes of the people in general.
The irony is that being a good Christian country we all budged up and we are still making room for them.
Mrs J Green, Leeds
Ethical dilemma of cancer drugs
REFERRING TO a new cancer drug which is expected to prolong life, a top doctor says it should be given only to younger sufferers rather than the old whose life expectancy is shorter.
But how does such an idea stand in comparison with the views on voluntary euthanasia which at present is denied? Depriving older people of this new drug, no matter how one views it, would appear to be condemning them to the risk of an earlier death.
If this does happen wouldn’t that be a form of euthanasia without choice? Where are morality and ethics in that?
Ernest Lundy, by email
What’s the real Malcolm like?
I HAVE developed an unhealthy interest in Malcolm Nicholson from Barwick in Elmet. I am truly fascinated by the man.
Why the YEP have never done an article on him is beyond me. He creates so much interest and anger it beggars belief.
A lot of what he writes I agree with. It’s just when he goes on one of his rants about people who just wanted to show their respect at a funeral but not wearing the correct attire to suit Malcolm and the scruffy striking teachers.
I would love to think that Malcolm does have a life and interests because Barwick is a lovely village with three pubs and an active community. Sadly, I think Malcolm may be an unpaid detective, making a diary of youths playing music too loud, taking DNA of dog excrement and later making a citizens arrest of some poor pensioner.
You can imagine his street, with all the for sale signs displayed.
Is he the real “Victor Meldrew” or just a lovely character with a heart of gold?
Please Malcolm, put down your Margaret Thatcher mug and let us all know!
Amanda Lilliu, South Milford
Clegg hasn’t got any scruples
I always thought the Liberal Democrats were a crackpot party and the leader Nick Clegg did not have the full shilling, but now he has proved it.
Clegg to block knife crackdown. I wonder how he would feel if anything happened to one of his family in a knife crime. Would he still feel the same?
Time Clegg went and they got somebody in charge of the Lib Dems who had some common sense. The man has no scruples.
Roger Watkinson, Oak Road, Leeds
Basic principle of nursing care
I HAVE received today my monthly newsletter from CQC (Care Quality Commission) in which they want my opinion on the regulation and evaluation of care services. Attached to the email are over 20 documents that I need to read (policies, procedures and so forth).
It says it all really, doesn’t it? How about starting off by reducing jargonistic paperwork and documentation, that by their very nature put people off reading them? Care services can be provided with the one basic principle that I was taught when I started my Nurse Training in 1971: treat patients and relatives as you would want to be treated yourself. So simple and yet so encompassing – and no trendy jargon needed.
T Maunder, by email
Poor memory of Man Utd fans
WITH REGARD to the recent dismissal of David Moyes as the manager of Manchester United, it would seem that Manchester United’s supporters and directors have poor memories. Alex Ferguson is hailed almost as a god at Old Trafford yet in his first season at Manchester United (1986-1987) the team finished lower (11th) than the present team under David Moyes.
Two years later, despite having recruited Steve Bruce, Viv Anderson, Brian McClair, and Jim Leighton, and re-signing Mark Hughes, Manchester United still only managed to finish 11th in a season that included a spell in October and November where they went nine games without a win.
During the 1989-1990 season, a banner was unfurled at Old Trafford stating: “three years of excuses and it’s still crap.... ta-ra Fergie”.
It wasn’t until the 1992-1993 season – six years after Ferguson was appointed – that Man United won the Championship and that was after the additional recruitment of Neil Webb, Mike Phelan, Paul Ince, Gary Palister, Danny Wallace, and Eric Cantona.
I cannot help feeling some sympathy for David Moyes. While the so called ‘fans’ have got their way at least his severance package means he won’t be queuing for food parcels. Martin J Phillips, Tinshill Lane, Cookridge