YEP Letters: November 18

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Council needs to restore public confidence

M Holmes, Garforth

I write regarding the YEP article on Cllr Andrea McKenna’s misuse of a disabled blue badge (Wednesday November 11).

I am pleased the council took the decision to prosecute Cllr McKenna, in line with its zero tolerance policy.

The offence is serious enough in itself as these badges, and the access they afford disabled people, are a lifeline for many. They are not for those of us ‘in a rush’, as Cllr McKenna claimed.

Therefore I must ask what, given she is also a member of the controlling Labour Party in Leeds, her party and fellow councillors intend to do to about the issue to restore public confidence in themselves?

The article says there will be an investigation. I for one hope that happens swiftly, fully and that there will be suitable sanctions in line with the seriousness of the offence?

I’m also intrigued as to the levels pursued in attempting to avoid the prosecution and why the court hearing was heard in Kirklees, as raised in the article.

As matters of public interest I hope they are fully addressed by the Labour council in the public domain and that the YEP will continue to press for an outcome.

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Action is despicable

Roger Hick, by email

So Councillor Andrea McKenna has been caught abusing a privilege by using a disabled person’s badge (YEP November 11).

And, it appears, a council officer sent an email trying to have the parking ticket cancelled. Councillor McKenna will of course do the decent thing and apologise in person to full council and resign her council seat?

And the council officer who tried to have the ticket cancelled will be sacked? No doubt the badge owner will also be reprimanded as usually in these cases the badge is cancelled. As a Garforth resident and blue badge holder with very limited mobility this kind of action is absolutely despicable.

A show of solidarity

Stephen Lupton, Horsforth

With the dark stealth of the most pernicious cancer, the crepuscular Daesh creeps and crawls, shaded, silhouetted amongst those its twisted logic deems as infidels. That is to say, all those whose credo is to support and do right by their families and their country; to work hard, live in peace and strive for a better, more enlightened world.

When the blows of life begin to crush the soul, it is the arts which uplifts you and reminds you that you have one. On Friday 13th November, over 500 fellow human beings were among others dining or watching sport or enjoying music in Paris; a beautiful city famous for its vibrant heart and cultured soul.

Here, Daesh revealed its fetid and miasmic heart, with the barbarous murder of 129 fellow Europeans and brutal injuries to another 280.

The very idea that people can enjoy themselves, drink wine, listen to music, show affection to friends is an anathema to Daesh who claim to be disciples of Allah, and are accountable to God for their behaviour on Earth. They are deluded enough to believe that they are doing God’s work and purging the earth of infidels.

If you happen to believe in an elective democracy, equal rights and aspirations for women people of all races and sexual orientation, you also appreciate the beauty of art, enjoy the evocative power of music, recognise we can learn from history or have a more harmonious world through playing or watching sport, then you too, my friend, are unwittingly the justification for their ill conceived and odious Jihad.

Such thoughts and aspirations are to Daesh, dangerous and heretical especially if you dare to question their orthodoxy, which is bereft both of reason, ethic and cohesion.

You may be wondering why I have referred to Isis throughout as Daesh. The answer is that these same brigands and murderers absolutely hate the term “Daesh” as the Arabic translates as “those who trample down or crush”... sounds about right, don’t you think? People of the press, readers, please don’t dignify the organisation by referring to them as Isis.

Going back to thoughts of our fellow democratic Europeans in Paris, I celebrate and applaud the courage of so many Parisiens in going about their business, almost as usual, on the morning after these atrocities were committed.

I salute their open defiance of such deluded and diminished human beings who perpetrated this wretched and barbaric carnage.

All your fellow Europeans who believe in freedom, equality and community feel your pain intensely. Congratulations to Facebook for allowing a show of solidarity by overlaying our profile photographs in the colours of the French flag.

Attack on Paris

Mick Hooson, Leeds 7

The editorial on the Paris attack totally fails to give any consideration as to where IS came from.

It is the product of the West’s illegal military intervention in the Middle East.

Your suggestion that the UK should join a military attack on Syria is the last thing we should do.

It would massively increase the risk of Britain being subjected to attacks similar to the horrors experienced in Paris.

The government of Syria (whom our government wished to bomb in the recent past) will deal with IS.

Britain needs a new foreign policy as advocated by Jeremy Corbyn which does not involve repeatedly bombing and invading other people’s countries.

This is not appeasement but the wish of the vast majority of people in Britain.

‘The’ has disappeared

T Maunder, Kirkstall

In addition to the letter(s) about the word “yes”, another word that has disappeared is “the”.

when I go to the bank I don’t go into the bank, I go “in branch,” same as the shops where I am “in store”. When I come home I am presumably “in house”.

If I join a demonstration am I “in crowd” as well?

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