YEP Letters: November 23

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Not everything in the garden is rosy

Lindon Dove, Tingley

Always treat quotes from politicians with a large pinch of salt.

More often than not they have been carefully sanitised by their backroom advisors.

A quote in a local newspaper from Coun Lucinda Yeadon regarding school choice is a good example.

She says that “Leeds has become such an attractive proposition to families and businesses that we are now faced with an unprecedented population increase,” suggesting they were caught by surprise by the effects of successful marketing.

In fact, that population boom was forecast in 2010 and is due largely to unfettered immigration.

Parents are being urged to get their applications for primary school places submitted as early as possible. Take heed.

The lack of planning by Leeds City Council results in Leeds having the highest level of parents missing out on their first choice of school in Yorkshire. The Council may also boast the joint highest number of parents who failed to get any of their chosen schools in the North of England.

The submissions process itself is really designed to soften already harsh and unacceptable statistics. Why else would you be required to list five schools of choice instead of say three?

Picture a parent living in the Tingley area filling in the form. Westerton Road, Blackgates and Hill Top schools may be geographically within walking distance.

Think about the next choice of locations. Would you pick East Ardsley? Or perhaps Middleton. After all it’s only a few miles away with few public transport links.

The shambles of school choice created by the council is then exacerbated by mass house building, creating the need for yet more school places in areas already swamped with numbers.

Come on Coun Yeadon, let’s not pretend everything in the garden is rosy. Tell the truth. You failed your voters.

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More trouble than worth?

Mrs W Hardaker, Leeds

I cannot be the only one who thinks female MPs are more trouble than they’re worth.

I well remember that Harriet Harman fought the battle of the breast feeding saga.

I had the experience of seeing a very well dressed young woman shopping in the food court of a famous retail outlet, chatting away to her friend in company of an unfortunate small baby hanging from her anatomy - feeding with difficulty - while she totally ignored him/her.

The best practice for feeding a baby is to settle in a quiet place, holding the baby securely with great care and attention.A food court or the House of Commons does not fit this criteria - a child growing up with the understanding that their mothers’ wishes are more important than their wellbeing is an unfortunate child indeed. Such a person will not be a good MP.

Proud of effort

Caroline Spillane, Syke Fish and Chips, Tingley

For the past three weeks Syke Fish and Chips has been supporting the Poppy Appeal by offering customers the opportunity to buy hand knitted and crochet poppies for a donation to the appeal.

I am very proud to confirm that we managed to raise an amazing £320 for the appeal, an increase of £100 on last year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity for this worthy cause.

Horrendous happenings

Edna Levi, Leeds 17

The last week has brought the most horrendous happenings to our world.

Not only the slaughters in Paris, but the stabbing of two little children and the murder of a lovely teenage girl. In addition, after ten years, we are reminded of the murder of Policewoman Yvonne Fletcher.

Whilst all people are [rightly] enjoying the seasonal time of the year, let us all think of the families who, this year and wherever they are, will be full of sorrow and mourning the loss of their dear ones.

Thirty one years too late

John Appleyard, Liversedge

The murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher 31 years ago outside the Libyan Embassy in London left a deep impression on me.

What actually happened that day is disputed. What we do know is that the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the so called Iron Lady, allowed the entire Libyan Embassy staff to leave the country without let or hindrance.

Now I see on the news a Libyan man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder PC Yvonne Fletcher, which if proven guilty, is 31 years too late.

Terrorism is not something new

R Kimble, Hawksworth

I woke up this morning to the news that May has gone to Belgium to discuss firming up border controls. Righto.

Also that Europe has to wake up to terrorism. Again, righto. And information needs to be shared. Yawn, righto.

As usual, these days, everything happens after the fact. In the field of national security I seem to be surrounded by incompetence.

Politicians who don’t have a clue because they have no relevant background experience or knowledge whatsoever.

Security services that do not share information. It’s pretty basic isn’t it?

They act as if terrorism is something new: 7/7, as it is referred to, happened in 2005 - it is now 2015, ten years and nothing has improved?

My security in the hands of May, Hammond and Fallon? How comforting.

Increase trolley deposits

A Hague, Leeds 9

I read of our supermarkets problem of trolleys not returned and dumped in streets and canals.

They are being urged to take tougher measures to prevent this as councils have to bear the cost of clearing rivers and canals blocked by these trolleys.

It’s obvious that the pound is not enough to have them returned so an increased deposit with receipt given, refunded when returned, is the only way to stop this theft, apart from not allowing them out of the building.

Leeds City Train Station. Picture Tony Johnson

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