YEP Letters: April 25

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Good reason not to be flash behind wheel

Ivan Kovacs, Leeds

Having read the letter from Martin McFadden (Your Feedback, April 22), I would like to say that I agree with much of what he was saying and that it reflects other letters about the general lowering of driving standard over the past few years.

However, I must disagree with his statements about flashing headlights being used to indicate your presence on the road being a new change to the Highway Code.

I was taught to drive in 1982, by some of the best instructors in the county and was always told that flashing your lights meant the same as it currently does and was NOT an invitation for other motorists to “come on through”.

One reason cited for this was that case law (ie a traffic incident that had been to court and set a precedent) stated that if you indicated or encouraged another driver to make a manoeuvre and they had a collision as a result of that, then you were partly liable for the incident and could be prosecuted alongside any other drivers involved.

Unfortunately I do not have my original 1980s copy of the Highway Code so cannot quote from it directly, but I’m sure some internet research could confirm this.

Ever since I passed my test I have always considered myself a courteous driver and frequently let people out on front of me when I have priority and various similar circumstances and have never used my lights or waved people on as this was how I was trained.

Martin also mentions indicating to turn left in a left turn lane, where perhaps there may be pedestrians who would benefit from seeing which way cars are turning at junctions.

The worst case of futile indicating is drivers approaching a main road or motorway on a slip road who indicate to come on (as if there is anywhere else to go) and use this as an excuse for barging on to the main road, in contravention of the Highway Code.

Many drivers seem to drive according to what they think the Highway Code should say, rather than what it actually does.

Time to forgive and forget

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

We hear on the news that another claim is being made against our British soldiers, deriving from their activities in Malaya some 68 years ago.

A group of villagers say some of their number were murdered by British soldiers. The troops reported that they were insurgents attempting to escape.

If they were not of course, their deaths are regrettable, but in conditions as they existed in Malaya at the time, as also in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, how is it always possible to differentiate between friend and foe?

Get it wrong and lives of our own would have been lost.

It’s time that claims such as these were dismissed out of hand.

Otherwise there is nothing to stop us claiming for death and punishment dished out to Drake’s sailors captured, killed and tortured by the Inquisition under Torquemada; British and Commonwealth prisoners who were treated abominably by the Japanese; and numerous other atrocities. It could go on forever.

It doesn’t make it right; but it’s time to forgive and forget.

Keep well clear of power Sturge

Roger Watkinson, Halton

NICOLA Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, is power crazy and all she wants to do is bring Westminster down.

She is not interested in anything else but power and she will do anything to get it.

Ed Miliband would be wise to keep well clear of this lady. She is treacherous and a traitor.

Garden eviction pure overkill

Tony Green, Headingley

The occupation of Grosvenor Gardens (formerly the University of Leeds Experimental Garden) by the Leeds Community Project has featured in your pages before.

At 4am on Thursday, bailiffs, police and security staff entered the site, and evicted the occupiers, as was their legal right.

That those of us who live in the immediate vicinity didn’t get much sleep is obvious. We thought breaking and entering was going on.

I understand the need for dawn raids on potentially dangerous criminals; but in the case of these entirely harmless and polite young people, this was overkill.

The site is now occupied by guard dogs (and their handlers) who bark furiously whenever anyone walks or cycles past the gate, which, since it’s a busy pedestrian thoroughfare, is frequently.

The irony is, that the University of Leeds, with the assistance of the powers that be, has created more nuisance in the neighbourhood in a day than the occupiers did in months (which was nil).

I am told that the dog team may be on site for some while yet.

The university might reasonably be reported to the excellent Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team for noise-nuisance.

Go for a long run with our charity

Kim Derry, The Children’s Trust

On behalf of The Children’s Trust, I would like to make an urgent appeal to running enthusiasts who would like to take part in the Great North Run 2015 on Sunday, September 13.

The Children’s Trust has a few guaranteed places left to fill but the deadline for registration is July 6, so please visit our website – www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/greatnorthrun – as soon as possible to register and secure your place.

We would also be thrilled to hear from own-place runners who would be interested in joining our team. For further details, please visit the website, or phone me on 01737 364323.

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Satirical show’s pathetic rubbish

Edna Levi, Moortown

Last week I watched the first edition of the so called satirical sketch show Newzoids.

How pathetic I thought it was.

I thought I would give it another chance this week but my feeling is the same – pathetic rubbish.

I have decided I would rather watch another half an hour of cooking or antiques.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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