YEP Letters: December 13

Have your say

In addition to the costs accrued to Leeds City Council raised by John Mulder (Your Views, December 10) there is also the debt of £1.6bn on which the council – or rather the ratepayers – pay over £5m a year interest.

They will be paying Veolia £22m a year to burn landfill waste – and that is for the next 25 years. One would have thought Leeds City Council would have trained operatives in five years.

The Government press the need and add incentives to the populace to lose weight. We close two golf courses and two leisure centres, along with 12 libraries and a dozen residential homes, and yet we have 99 councillors.

Go on the internet and be amazed at the council bill for taxis and food and drink. We have 40 council staff on over £40,000 a year.

So when Keith Wakefield appears on television crying about staff reductions, the reductions are in the wrong place.

Pray that we are not given the funds to build the white elephant trolleybus system.

Edinburgh is smaller than Leeds and its new tram system has to date cost over £1.1bn – £700m over budget. Leeds thinks £250m will suffice.

George Geapin, Leeds

Boycotting items made in China

VERNON WOOD makes a valid point about Germany’s commercial intrusion into this country (Your Views, December 5).

But at least we are all aware of this and we have the freedom to choose whether or not to buy the produce of that country. It’s known as competition.

Where we do have very little choice is that of the unfair, insidious and sly competition from the Chinese. Try to buy a coat, an electrical item, a battery, a packet of envelopes, any basic item, which is not “Made in China” – you will have great difficulty.

I choose to boycott merchandise made in China as a protest against one of the most evil and barbaric regimes on our planet, far worse indeed than those of Germany or Japan in the Second World War.

John Copperthwaite, Headingley

Leeds-Bradford trolleybus route

FOR MANY years there was a good reliable transport system of buses, trams and trolleybuses. Over the years from the 1960s onwards it deteriorated, which was due to a lack of foresight and common sense.

It’s got worse since Margaret Thatcher’s Transport Secretary Nicholas Ridley created the transport problem through deregulation and privatisation which has made things very difficult with transport in Leeds.

I do not feel that the trolleybus route at the present moment which is from Holt Park to Stourton is adequate.

I think Leeds to Bradford would be a good idea. Also it could be extended to run up York Road to Crossgates. This would be viable.

I am a born and bred Leeds Loiner, although I now live in Bridlington.

J Carder, Bridlington

Not all polar ice caps shrinking

Our resident global warming champion P Lloyd really needs to get his facts straight before writing to you yet again.

His assertion that the polar ice caps and all glaciers worldwide are shrinking is incorrect.

Whilst it’s true that the summer minima of Arctic ice have been lower than average in recent years, in the Antarctic the reverse has been the case – or is his definition of “global” different from ours?

A few years ago the arch prophet of global warming Al Gore told us that the Arctic would be ice free in summer by 2014 (he only got it wrong by 20 million square kilometres), whereas the latest NASA data suggest that 2014 will be an above average year – but don’t expect the global warming acolytes to tell you that as it contradicts their received wisdom.

He goes on to talk about a variety of extreme weather events, but even the (so called) “experts” at the IPCC have conceded that there is no evidence to link the frequency of such events to global 
climatic trends – what does 
Mr Lloyd know that they don’t?

Yes, we have just had the warmest November for 100 years, but equally December 2010 was the coldest since records began in 1659, so what does that show?

His final (and correct) point is that there is now more CO2 in the atmosphere than ever, allegedly the key driver of global warming, but in the last 18 years no statistically significant warming has taken place, so clearly that assertion is incorrect.

John Wainwright, Leeds

Return to United golden era

NEWs that Hunslet Hawks Rugby League club is reverting to its traditional colours is heartening and should be emulated by Leeds United.

These were blue and old gold and in quarters. White has served its time, and a great time it was.

Revie’s tribute to Real Madrid was fitting and proper – also felicitous in its Yorkshire rose connection.

But the original is always to be preferred, especially as it was worn by the great John Charles.

It must be one of the most eye-catching and, indeed, beautiful of all colour combinations.

Let us also re-introduce the marching brass bands to replace the ghastly slurry of synthetic sound that befalls us on match days.

But if we must persist with the tacky tannoy, let it carry the strains of crooners and dance bands, wartime medleys and hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

And once more let us be bewitched by the scent of St Bruno from 10,000 pipes and feel the touch of manly tweed on our left and right as we join the throng in one lusty shout.

I firmly believe that if we get it right off the field (circa 1955), then results will follow on the pitch.

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

Festive shows were excellent

CONGRATULATIONS to the pupils and staff at Westwood Primary School in Middleton for the excellent Christmas entertainment.

This week we saw our five-year-old great-granddaughter in her nativity play (tissues required) and our great- grandson in his Christmas Concert (more tissues required).

Last year was good, this year was even better. The welcome was warm and friendly and the children seemed happy.

The hard work that had gone into these performances was obvious. Many thanks to all concerned.

M Naylor, Leeds

Don’t forget turkey welfare

As we enter the festive party season, I ask your readers to spare a thought for the 
animals – including the millions of turkeys – farmed for our Christmas dinners every year.

Most people will probably be shocked to know the majority of turkeys we buy come from farms where they are kept in crowded 
conditions, without enough space to move around and exercise properly.

Turkeys are intelligent 
birds and need things to keep them active and engaged, such as objects to peck at and perch on, and plenty of space to exercise.

The good news is that the RSPCA’s Freedom Food scheme requires all of these provisions and more.

And we can all do our bit to help improve the lives of turkeys by choosing those with higher welfare labels such as Freedom Food. Visit for more information.

Mia Fernyhough, RSPCA