CHRISTMAS will soon be upon us and I am hoping that there might be some good news for us, the bulk of the population.
However, as the YEP points out, I am likely to be disappointed.
What is our country coming to? Apparently the need for food banks is increasing (YEP, November 24), with many families existing on handouts as well as benefits.
Surely these should not be required in our so-called rich country?
Sadly payment for work, if you can get it, is minimal.
The living wage exists in theory but is forgotten by employers. Even the statutory minimum wage is inadequate.
Things can be changed next May as we have a general election, but if we elect a Conservative government we shall simply get more of the same. Cuts, cuts and more cuts.
What are the alternatives? The Lib Dems will simply disappear. Nick Clegg will be lucky to survive as an MP.
The Labour Party is, regrettably, composed of first class idiots.
So we are left with Ukip. Perhaps it would be better to give them a chance.
At least we can leave the Common Market and save millions of pounds.
Let us hope that my thoughts are incorrect and things turn out better than I expect.
We must just wait and see.
M Burbage-Atter, Rothwell
Body language paints a picture
YOUR photo of the leaders of the “core” group of Northern cities with William Hague (YEP, November 22) was revealing in the body language and postures of the participants.
Three or four were seated “side saddle” and facing the camera, grinning, lounging in their seats and without jackets.
The others, among whom I identified our own Keith Wakefield, were suited, seated upright, serious-faced and looked apprehensively at the camera.
The first group seemed relaxed, positive, informal, confident, optimistic and expectant. The second appeared tentative, long-suffering, doubtful and unsure.
Although the camera can lie, I will offer £5 to charity for each of the first group who I wrongly identify as representing Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.
The point is not that any strategy or technique is being employed, but that the attitude and demeanour of one group is born of customarily getting what they want, and that of the other group comes from being denied and deprived of their entitlements.
If so then it is a wonder Councillor Wakefield isn’t muffled up in a great coat and looking like Napoleon en route from Russia.
Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood
Real snobs need to be flagged up
Emily Thornberry, the MP forced to resign from the Labour frontbench for tweeting a picture of a house draped in St George flags in Rochester, was brought up on a council estate by her mum from the age of seven and attended the local secondary school.
She had a very similar upbringing to me and I don’t begrudge for one minute the fact that she has made a very successful career for herself and some money too, something that she didn’t have as a child.
So its a bit rich that people from privileged backgrounds such as Nigel Farage, who attended fee-paying Dulwich College before a money-spinning career as a City trader, and David Cameron from Eton College who runs a clique that radiates privilege and hasn’t a clue how the rest of us live, are calling Emily Thornberry a snob.
The house in Rochester was brought to her attention by residents of that street who thought the flags were unsightly and wondered if the local council had given permission for their display.
There are of course a number of Tory and Ukip nimbys from the leafy suburbs who would also object to such flags hanging from bedroom windows in their own areas, but that doesn’t get reported, does it?
John Appleyard, Liversedge
Wind turbines a turn for worse
AT 9.45pm the other Saturday, I perused the National Grid live website.
At a time of fairly low UK electricity use, the nation’s demand was 34.83 gigawatts.
Gas-fired power stations were generating 11.37 gigawatts, coal 13.30, nuclear 4.82.
The wind turbines, the great hope of the future, beloved by all innumerate, non-technical greenies and the vast majority of our exalted politicians (including Energy Secretary Ed Davy) were generating just 0.34 gigawatts of power before the nation sat back to watch Match of the Day, or downed a last pint in the local.
So there we were on a Saturday evening, while our politicians put their feet up, importing costly electricity from France while our thousands of useless wind turbines stood becalmed.
Had that been a freezing Christmas Day, with demand at 60 gigawatts, we would have had UK-wide power cuts and been chewing raw turkey by candlelight, without Morecambe and Wise to brighten the gloom.
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet
Teachers should wear uniforms
UNLIKE Nick Keer (Your Views, November 18), I believe school uniform should be compulsory.
This is because some parents cannot afford the expensive brand names and these children tend to be picked on, teased and taunted by some of the more affluent kids.
I realise uniforms have to be bought, but they tend to cost less than the brands and last longer.
Maybe teachers should also wear uniform and look smart – lead by example.
David Daniel, Leeds
Who cares what Ed looks like?
For months the media have continued telling the country that Ed Miliband doesn’t look like a leader.
Can anyone tell me what a Prime Minister looks like?
We need a leader with brains and ideas. It’s got nothing to do with how he looks or presents himself.
It should be about what can he do for this country.
After the Second World War we had a leader who gave us the NHS and rebuilt the UK. Did he look like a Prime Minister?
He was voted as one of the best Prime Ministers we have ever had. A drinker and a smoker, but what a great leader.
As for David Cameron, in my 74 years as a voter I don’t ever remember a Prime Minister who poses so much of the time in a hard hat and yellow jacket, symbolising he’s a worker.
If we are going to have this for the next five years God help this country.
D Birch, Cookridge
Tawdry affairs of the state
MALCOLM NICHOLSON writes of John Prescott being caught with his pants down (Your Views, November 22).
I could name many other politicians having short or long term affairs, but of them all, John Major should have gone to Specsavers.
I don’t suppose he will be a fan of this year’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Alan Whitehead, Morley
Words beyond conception
TIME after time I keep reading that celebrities are “trying” to start having children.
If they are not sure how to manage it, if they send me a stamped addressed envelope I believe I can inform them of the procedure.
J Shedlow, Moortown