I have a decent interest in the Scottish Independence vote in a few days’ time.
My wife has Scottish blood flowing through half her system and I have had a few gnat-free holidays north of the border and enjoyed it all.
I am a fan of Alex Salmond. The system of devolution which was intended to squash the Nationalists has bitten the English Parliament in the you-know-what.
In the EU referendum, decades ago, the Establishment spent many millions via the BBC, and other agencies, on pushing their arguments.
The Nationalist arguments will have received a pittance for their cause.
If the vote is ‘out’ – good luck to the Scots. If ‘No’, we told you so.
All systems are fixed in favour of the Establishment. That includes the next EU referendum in 2017.
John Theobald, Garforth
Time to get a life and get a grip
The subject of the Scots leaving the UK is now becoming extremely boring.
As far as I am concerned, they can get on with it as soon as they like. There are some who are modelling Scotland’s future on the Norwegian example but personally I know few Scots who would want the price of alcoholic beverages to match those in Norway.
There has also been much mention of Scotand’s oil industry. Whose oil industry?
The oil would still be beneath the North Sea were it not for British and American engineers.
Get a life and get a grip. Salmond and Sturgeon will always be swimming upstream, without a pound in thier pockets and against the tide.
I hope that our Scottish neighbours see through this falsehood.
Jack Banner, Leeds
What will be the difference?
What difference will it make – apart from Labour losing 42 MPs – if Scotland gets its independence?
They have their own parliament, laws, free prescriptions, house purchase and sale process, free university tuition and their own money... so what will be new?Will they take their share of national debt? I doubt it.
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet
Neuro research must continue
I read with interest the story of Peter Holmes and his journey through rehabilitation back to a ‘normal’ life after suffering a brain injury (YEP, September 2).
Sadly there are many stories of people who, because of how their brain is affected, have been left in the darker side of life.
Their personality and psyche are changed forever and this can lead them into severe difficulties with family, friends and work.
The past 30 years have seen great improvements. There are facilities now that provide excellent rehabilitation care.
Spare a thought then for those who had a brain injury before all these improvements.
Many of these, due to the lack of understanding, were placed in mental institutions or incarcerated in prison.
The help these people received at the time of their injury ended upon discharge and they were left without a safety net.
If their family could not cope with the changes to that person, that person was exiled into an unknown state without any support.
Thankfully there were others who realised the effects and campaigned for the recognition of the effects that a brain injury has upon a person.
At first it was families who grouped together to support each other and this eventually became a national organisation known as Headway.
Knowledge of the brain and its functions is improving daily, along with the understanding of the effects of an injury.
This research must continue so that in the future it is possible to neutralise the effects of an injury and enable the person to revert to a ‘normal’ life every time.
Denis Angood, Stanningley
No problem with big picture
Martin Hemingway criticises the Liberal Democrats for not seeing the big picture (YEP, August 29).
Perhaps Mr Hemingway has not seen the how the Liberal Democrats in government have delivered on the big issues of the day.
Millions of people freed from paying income tax, more renewable energy than ever, the pupil premium helping disadvantaged children get a first class education, free school meals for the under sevens, the biggest ever cash increase in the state pension, to name but a few.
But additionally, the strength of the Liberal Democrats is in reminding local council tax payers about the financial choices that are being made by the Labour administration in Leeds.
Choices that include spending £550,000 on a vanity project to provide a lavish meeting room for councillors, paying council officers 65p a mile to drive large engine cars, increasing fees at children’s centres and putting up the council tax unnecessarily.
We make no apologies for highlighting these issues which local residents deserve to know.
Councillor Jonathan Bentley, Weetwood Ward
What’s point in this sentence?
In this country we have a law that says you an expect to be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving. So why did Steven Hawksworth (YEP, September 8) as a banned driver, drunk and driving at 100 mph before hitting pensioner Sam Richardson, get only six years, meaning he will be out in just over two with a tag on?
Don’t the courts and the Government realise we want minimum sentences with time added on for bad behaviour, not maximum ones that nobody will ever get whatever the crime. We may as well raise the maximum to 100 years if nobody will get it.
Steve Smith, Pudsey
Make it easier for cancellation
It surely isn’t rocket science why so many doctor’s appointments are missed.
The scenario is this. You make an appointment, in line with current thinking it’ll be for a few days hence. By the time you get to the date you are either worse, and so have had to go elsewhere, or better, so you need to cancel. And here’s the problem – you can’t get through on the phone to the surgery to cancel. Surely all surgeries need a dedicated cancellation phone line?
Margaret Thompson, Far Headingley
Once again we have a Labour politician, Fabian Hamilton, showing breathtaking arrogance when attempting to blame the current Government for the crisis occuring in our schools over a lack of places (YEP, September 6).
The truth is it was Mr Hamilton’s party who were in power when Leeds City Council started closing down schools to get rid of surplus places. Anyone with an ounce of common sense could see that Labour’s open door policy on immigration would lead to an increased demand for school places. This problem is fairly and squarely the result of Labour’s disastrous term in office. Another example of Labour’s muddle-headed approach to running a country – spend all the money you inherite and when a problem comes along (such as the banking crisis), bury your head in the sand and let someone else sort your problem out, whether there’s any money or not. If the public vote them in again, there will be more than the two Eds who want knocking together. Place blame where it lies, Fabian.
Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire