YEP Letters: September 12

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Royal ‘bubble’ no longer acceptable

Philip Crowther, Bingley

Jayne Dawson in her Wednesday column made a flippant but relevant comment and Grant Woodward in his Thursday column went somewhat further.

The debate over the Queen’s role and her family is getting even more discussed as her reign goes into its latter stage. Jayne said: “she is rich ....and privileged .... but so are a lot of people.” Mostly, those other people have worked and earned their wealth, some like the Queen have not.

But the privileged bubble in which the royals live from cradle to grave may have been mostly accepted as “the way of life” in generations gone by but in my view can no longer be acceptable in the growing have not and have society we live in and currently look like continuing to have to tolerate.

Over the Queen’s reign the NHS has gone from the health insurance for the common person but now we have A&Es and wards closing, drugs being denied to people all on the basis of cost.

Meanwhile the royals have at their disposal the finest resources and often whole private hospital wings for any ailment, no wonder they can demonstrate longevity.

Over the Queen’s reign mass transport systems have developed but for the masses have become like cattle markets at often unaffordable levels.

Meanwhile the royals flit about in planes, helicopters and trains at their total disposal. Reference is often made to the Queen’s rare openly tearful public showing when her beloved publicly-funded private yacht was retired not to be replaced.

Over the Queen’s reign housing has got to the point now where for many of the young getting on the first rung of the ladder has become unattainable.

Meanwhile, the royals live in splendid isolation in many palaces and homes the like of which are beyond comprehension or purpose and often using public funds to upkeep or improve.The establishment keep up the aura of the royalty because it suits their purpose to keep the masses brainwashed. These people cannot walk on water or turn it into wine, they are human like the rest of us, but born to privilege by twists of fate and skulduggery going back centuries.

It was only during the First World War when the predecessors of the current royals were a German family who instead of being interned, were allowed to make a swift name change to Windsor from Saxe Coburg Gotha and in 1917 failed to give sanctuary to their relatives in Russia, The Romanov family for fear of being involved in the revolutionary flames being fanned in this country at the time. So much for compassion.

This system I do not believe can go on.

The Queen’s reign is dyed in the wool but as Grant Woodward refers to things should change thereafter to reflect the modern times we live in and the vast personal wealth, lands, property and chattels of this dynasty should be for the benefit of the British people, not the privileged few.

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Given a sense of deja vu

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Grant Woodward in his YEP column (September 10) describes people like me as ‘ bleeding heart Liberals crawling out of the woodwork’ because we whine about David Cameron’s bumping off two UK citizens in Syria, or as the Tory supporting newspaper said: ‘wham bam thank you Cam.’.

I have always believed in justice and Britain is not at war with Syria, parliament voted, rightly, against any military action in 2013.

Capital punishment was abolished in this country in 1965 with exceptions, but it was fully abolished by a Labour Government in 1998.

None of this has prevented David Cameron from agreeing to give the go ahead to execute two UK citizens in Syria without any trial or proven guilt.

The government doesn’t want to discuss the issue because they say its a secret which is precisely what we were told about the illegal invasion of Iraq and we still await the findings of the Chilcot inquiry into the war which was set up in 2009 by the then prime minister Gordon Brown.

The killings have given me a sense of deja vu, that we’ve been here before.

In 1982 when accusations were made that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had an official ‘shoot to kill’ policy against suspected members of the IRA, this was denied at the time, but later investigated by John Stalker, Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Force who found the claims to be true.

Those killings were as wrong then as those in Syria are now and there should be a proper inquiry in to those actions.

Article was brilliant

Brian Midgley, by email

Good for you Grant! Brilliant article and most right minded people will heartily agree with you.

Never mind that the doom mongers have plenty to say against this drone policy. Any Brits as you say should have their citizenship revoked if they leave the country of their adoption or birth.

Far from this country bringing them back here with the subsequent heavy expense they should be banned from returning.

Keep it up. At least Cameron has got one thing right.

Profession is suffering

N Bywater, Morley

The heads of 10 leading NHS trusts have warned that “stringent” immigration rules are preventing them from getting enough nurses on wards in time for winter.

The top bosses at these NHS trusts are saying that nurses from outside Europe must be able to work in the UK or it will lead to nurse shortages.

These educated people are saying that the talents of 503 million inhabitants of the EU are not enough. What talents do the workers have, outside the EU, that the workers in the UK and EU do not possess; they are cheap. There are 1.8 million unemployed people in the UK, in Germany there are 2.8 million unemployed people and France 3.4 million.

I know that the top directors at these NHS trusts will need an excuse when the winter starts to bite, but just like our MPs at Westminster, they want to blame anyone but themselves.

It was this government that refused to give the nurses their recommended pay rise; so its hardly surprising if the nursing profession is suffering.

St George's Crypt, Leeds

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