YEP Letters: November 22

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I read the story about the truck with the painting of the tied-up girl on the back (YEP, November 20) with incredulity, but perhaps not for the reasons you might imagine.

While the picture could be considered distasteful, neither my family nor I took any particular issue with it.

The unbelievably tenuous assertion of the lady in the article that it somehow encouraged rape and domestic abuse is preposterous. Maybe a little risqué, possibly in bad taste, but that’s about it.

The creeping culture of people being offended, disgusted and outraged is something I find far more disturbing than a questionable painting on a vehicle.

If you don’t like something, don’t look at it, don’t obsess about it, don’t start a crusade to broadcast your fake disgust.

Whipping up a mob to heap persecution on somebody who has broken no law and done nothing to you is far more offensive than whatever they may have painted on their car.

This is a free country (I use the term free in a fairly loose sense these days), yet we are increasingly losing the values of tolerance, acceptance and celebration of diversity.

Perhaps the lady who seems so offended should take a moment to think about her attitude. It’s the exact same intolerance as demonstrated by organisations such as the BNP, EDL and Britain First.

I’m sure the lady concerned is not one of the minority who takes offence at a person’s race, religion or culture, but she seemingly thinks it acceptable to attack somebody simply for their avant-garde sense of humour and off-piste taste in artwork.

The two are very different, but the mentalities aren’t so far removed.

If you don’t like something, simply turn around and walk away. Accept that people are different, sometimes very different and that they may not be your kind of people.

Turning the other cheek, rising above it, taking the moral high ground, keeping a stiff upper lip; call it what you will.

Unless the law is being broken, direct harm is being done or could be feasibly incited as a result of somebody’s actions (almost certainly neither in this case), it’s really none of your business.

Gary Masterson, Cookridge

Stock picture memories

YOUR ‘Memory Lane’ picture (YEP, November 15) certainly brought back memories for my husband and I.

We married at Rawdon on September 18, 1965 and my husband ‘volunteered’ to be put in the stocks and photographed with his ‘missus’ holding him in.

It was published in the Evening Post a few days later (while we were honeymooning in Jersey) under the title ‘The happy prisoner.’

Thank you for that walk down memory lane.

Albert and Jacky Rayner, Garforth

Oh Paul, Let it alone please!

So we now have the re-incarnation of Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid 30.

While it is not as good as the original in 1984, at the very least I truly hope it captures people’s imagination.

Clearly it has thus far, with it being the fastest selling single for a long time, certainly for this year.

While I do understand the controversy regarding some pop and rock stars not paying enough taxes etc, at least it is bringing home to us mere mortals what is out there.

So what are the odds that Sir Bob Geldof and his friends (who don’t include Sky News presenters) will stage a Live Aid 2 at Wembley next summer?

Pretty short, I would imagine. If it does happen, we will no doubt get the usual veteran bands and artists churning out the same old songs.

Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, U2, possibly The Who... the list goes on.

But please, could Paul McCartney pick something more original than Let It Be?

Peter Keighley, Headingley

Has Two Jags an axe to grind?

Just recently a journalist was sentenced to eight months in jail for phone hacking and arch clown John Prescott gloated that he welcomed the sentencing of yet another journalist for phone hacking.

This from a man who when he opens his mouth it’s as if someone has flipped open his head and stuck an egg whisk inside.

Two Jags is in danger of sounding like someone with a personal axe to grind, spewing bile at the newspaper industry not just because of his personal experience of phone hacking but also because of his personal experience of being caught with his pants down.

If Prescott hates the newspapers so much, why does he continue to write a column for one of them?

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

It’s banger out of order

I strongly agree with Carol Lee (Your Views, November 11) on the fireworks issue. Everything she said is true.

I also have a pet who would not come out from under the table for hours, he was so frightened.

I did ring the police on Friday evening to ask if they could stop the noise.

The policeman said if it is midweek for Bonfire Night they can use fireworks, and at the weekends. It went from Wednesday to Sunday.

It is disgusting. Where is health and safety in this matter?

Surely one night is enough?

J Ingham, Pudsey

Blue badge discrimination

I was in Leeds on Thursday and couldn’t get parked anywhere.

I went into the Euros car park and looked at the noticeboard, it said that the disabled were not exempt from this car park.

As a blue badge holder, where do you park?

I can’t walk very far so we parked outside the Templar pub, after finding some traffic wardens who said it was alright to park there.

I feel it’s discrimination on the disabled with blue badges. At all three car parks owned by Euros on St Edwards Street, if you are a blue badge holder you have to pay.

Y McLean, Wetherby

Feature Tykes me back

your recent feature on the Leeds Rag Week certainly evoked memories of happy times.

It was an enjoyable week and I always bought a copy of Tyke, which was very funny.

Also a visit to the Empire Theatre was always on the cards, and what a night it was when Frankie Abelson (Vaughan) walked on stage, glanced over his shoulder and said, “You ain’t heard nothing yet” and gave a terrific rendition of Al Jolson songs.

The audience went wild. Barry Cryer was another act and he came back a few years later in Espresso Bongo. There were dances at the Riley Smith Hall too. Happy days!

M Whitehead, Chapel Allerton

It’s money for old rock

ONE AND a half billion pounds have been paid to send a probe to see if a piece of rock in the sky, 350 million miles away, is actually rock!

How us earthlings will benefit is beyond me but at least it keeps a few hundred people in employment.

J Shedlow, Moortown

Taxpayers are being hit twice

GREG MULLHOLLAND MP is correct to describe the sum the couple working for the NHS received following highly paid redundancies as “scandalous” (YEP, November 10).

No suggestion of any wrongdoing – but it seems wrong, and of course people will be outraged when taxpayers are being hit twice!

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

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