Motorists' rage over fuel prices

THE Automobile Association tells us that we are now paying £8 million a day more for our fuel.

This has to be one of most facile statements ever issued by any motoring organisation.

Do they think for one moment that the motorist doesn't already know? The pillaging of his wallet has already told him.

This well-known and much patronised body, along with others of its kind, should be making a lot more noise about the ridiculous cost of fuel, a reduction in which, by a considerate government, would go a long way to ease the drastic cuts and price increases we are already experiencing.

Perhaps the reason they do not appear to be doing so is that these days they have vested interests, and do not depend entirely on income from the motorist.

Green issues apart, one wonders how long it will be before the long-suffering motorist rebels in some way?

We have been used as a 'whipping horse' to correct the ills of bad management for far too long. The recent correspondent who wrote about the superior quality of roads on the continent is absolutely correct. Compared with the roads of many cities there, the Leeds inner ring road is an absolute disgrace, and little more than an overused cart track, on which one breakdown brings the city into gridlock.

E A Lundy, Leeds

Cut bosses' pay

AS we sit and wait in anticipation to hear and what job losses there will be and which front-line services will be cut, I sometimes think that we get what we deserve in this country.

People working in the public sector work for us, they are public servants, and we should be telling them what we expect. We want, and pay for, front-line services; the fat to be trimmed is behind the front-line.

Like many business owners, over the past two years my income has not just frozen, but has dropped significantly, in order for me to be able to maintain a service to my customer base; without that service I have no business.

By cutting services and laying off staff, the taxes and rates that we pay are being used to maintain the salaries and lifestyles of politicians and public servants.

Some of us have had it bad for at least two years, and many have gone to the wall, but I doubt that there isn't a business owner in Leeds who couldn't go into Leeds City Council and identify where significant savings could be made.

Any council leader, councillor or senior police officer, come to that, that starts talking about loss of front-line services and job cuts without mentioning top-end pay cuts, or savings in property costs, transport, energy usage, perks, expenses, or other general admin should be amongst the first to be shown the door.

The really horrifying prospect, with regard to the council, is that an issue of such magnitude is in the hands of people that you wouldn't entrust to do your weekly shop...councillors!

Dave Tempest, Rothwell

Liberal revival

I AM sure that I am not the only citizen who is astonished by the guilty silence of the former Labour government. Not once have they defended their corner after the Conservatives levelled their claim that Labour had left the cupboard bare. I cannot see the remotest possibility that they will be fit to govern in the future.

This begs the question what political party will fill this growing vacuum they now present? I believe there is an emerging answer to this, in the form of the growing resurgence of the Liberal Party, knowingly independent and hungry to fill some local council seats in the 2011 elections.

If the Liberal Party return to reclaim the centre ground, the 25-year experiment via the SDP has failed and the Liberal Democrats have, as many suspected, never had any particular loyalty to any perceived own brand, turning their noses to wherever they smell the chance of power.

We are not in wartime and the Liberal Democrats' situation with the Conservatives is just an opportunistic moment.

K WILSON, Tadcaster

EP 22/12/10

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YEP Letters: January 16