YEP Letters: November 27

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Martyrs merely add to growing body count

Derek Barker, Moortown

Yesterday David Cameron was due to try and persuade Parliament to vote to commit our air force to carry out bombing raids on Syria.

Given that the air space in that region is already overcrowded with military aircraft from numerous nations attempting to eliminate IS, I think this would be a simple case of too many cooks spoiling the broth if we joined in the fray.

The incident of the Turkish air force downing a Russian bomber for violating its air space is an example of what 
can happen to escalate what 
is already a very volatile situation.

Would it not be viable to attempt to dissuade the young and disaffected Muslims who have been radicalised to the point of wanting to join IS, that 99.9 per cent of the entire population of this planet are totally against the warped and intolerant IS ideology, and that they have been brainwashed by a hardcore of psychotic medieval-minded mass murderers.

I feel sure that in time, given the determination of the entire world to exterminate these barbaric fanatics and to erase their hellish ideology, 
that the leaders of IS and their followers will cease to exist.

Martyrs don’t win wars, they only add to the body count

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Will green belt cease to exist?

Lindon Dove, Tingley

European leaders seem stunned by the flood of migrants entering their borders and the ramifications on their future economies and infrastructures.

Why they should be surprised at the result of Angela Merkel’s welcome speeches does seem odd, after all they had plenty of warning from Tony Blair’s Labour government and their open door policy.

The UK has had the highest number of immigrants per year in Europe.

The Office of National Statistics expect the UK population to rise by 9.7 million in the next 25 years.

Immigration accounts for 68 per cent of this total. The impact of this on housing is profound and officially recorded.

Over the last 20 years, 60 per cent of additional housing was due to immigration rising to 90 per cent over the last five years.

According to Leeds City Council, 70,000 new homes will be required up to 2028 and include these in its Development Framework.

Most will be built in vast areas of green belt land identified in their Site Allocations Plan.

Even nearer home, my recent enquiry to the planning department resulted in the information that 2,224 
houses are destined to be built in the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward, almost a 25 per cent increase on the existing number.

How long before green 
belt in Leeds ceases to exist and we live in one vast urban sprawl?

Morley does at least have the organisation Morley Against Reckless Construction (MARC), to argue and protest against plans in their area, albeit with little effect against planning laws heavily biased in favour of developers.

Ardsley and Robin Hood 
can expect no such support from their three Labour councillors. They are required to adhere to their party 
whip.

I say vote for the party having a coherent and clear policy on controlling immigration.

That way we tackle the cause instead of struggling with the effect.

Is there really congestion?

Sue Coatman, Horsforth

‘How should we tackle congestion at the airport ?’

The simple answer to that is we shouldn’t, since there is no congestion at the airport as such.

The congestion is rush hour congestion, the same congestion that dogs the A65 in rush hour.

Any road linking the airport to the A65 would simply feed traffic even more quickly onto the A65.

The real question is ‘do we want the greenbelt between Horsforth and Rawdon destroyed by blanket development ?’

The reason Leeds City Council want to build a road is that this would then allow further development alongside it.

They have a vision of filling in the green belt with development to generate revenue.

We all should recognise this.

Student nurses are worth more

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Student nurses are to pay tuition fees, I read in some of the newspapers today. This will have a negative effect.

Many potentially good registered nurses of the future will now be put off entering an already demanding profession.

This will mean a shortfall of staff resulting in an over-reliance, possibly, on unqualified support workers, people obviously forced into a caring role because of their benefit status.

I’ve been forced to interview such people when I was a nursing home manager - sent along by the local Job Centre just to show they’ve applied for a job to merit benefits continuing.

Nursing students already have a longer academic year then “normal” graduates (the School Of Nursing where I worked didn’t close in August, for example, for a summer break).

They will end up potentially with £50,000 worth of debt according to one source on the salary scales nurses get when first qualified.

They are not like ordinary graduates, carrying the kind of stress they have dealing with illness and death in an additional 37.5 hour working week on top of studying for exams, clinical assessments and so forth.

So much for this government valuing its nurses eh ? Sure.

Should solution not be religious?

John E Downing, Morley

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is conscious of a “chink in his armour” and doubts the presence of God in relation to the devastating events of religious difference, i.e. ISIS.

If the earthly advocate of God, who is a senior employee of the church, questions the motive behind “divine” actions, is he not culpable by association?

And why should a religious problem be solved by a political/military solution 
as opposed to a religious solution?

Garry Monk has resigned as Leeds United head coach

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