YEP Letters: April 29

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Same old story as our money drains away

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

THERE is much talk about shortage of hospital beds and bed blocking, reputed to be costing the NHS millions of pounds, while also creating unacceptable delays in operation procedures.

What do they expect when uncontrolled immigration has swelled the population to overflowing, especially where health, housing and employment is concerned?

On the other side of the coin many of us have personal knowledge of old people being discharged from hospital when it is patently obvious they are unable to care for themselves.

Yet we donate million of pounds annually in overseas aid. A procedure which completely baffles the public at large who know full well this money could be better spent.

After all charity should begin at home, but obviously does not. Wake up you politicians and take action on these issues.

Only a better quality of social care can justify patients being sent home who are incapable of caring for themselves.

Use such money to improve the lot of our own people, rather than putting it into a bottomless pit or filling the pockets of unscrupulous men of power.

One only has to look at the time it took for us to pay back our ‘lend lease’ wartime borrowing from the US, which we used to end a war not of our own making.

We got nothing in return from Germany and Japan in reparation, when the war had bankrupted us, because the powers that be decided it was better to put them back on their feet than look after our own. Anything new?

Pledges alone are not enough

John Theobald, Garforth

Readers will rightly be shocked at the devastation in Nepal and they will contribute, as we have done, to relief charities.

And we shall expect national Governments to be generous with aid and reconstruction money and expertise.

I wish to draw attention to a far bigger tragedy in Haiti about four years ago.

It left 300,000 dead and over a million homeless. Billions of dollars were pledged by a huge number of nations.

But the UN estimate that nations who pledged billions are back tracking and just over half of what has been pledged has been used.

Worse, only 23 out of 1,490 contracts have gone to Haitian companies who would have employed Haitian workers. In fact, 39 per cent of contracts went to Washington contractors.

Gaffe not first for candidate

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Regarding your article about Alex Sobel’s untrue electioneering claims that he has the backing of the Kidz in Kampz charity (YEP, April 21), you should also be made aware that this is not the first time that Alex Sobel has used untruths to support his campaign.

In one of his flyers he had to apologise for claiming that Greg Mulholland MP had voted in a particular way in Westminster on a particular parliamentary bill.

It turned out that Mr Mulholland was not even at Westminster on the said day.

Stop this trade in human misery

Jack Banner, Meanwood

It’s commendable that the UK is to provide a warship to patrol the Mediterranean in response to the tragic situation of the migrants attempting to reach Europe.

However, we are surely faced with a chicken and egg situation. We should not be rescuing these unfortunates at sea but preventing the traffickers ever leaving Africa with their cargo.

Stop it at source and put the people smugglers out of business!

The morality of these people smugglers is beneath contempt but as long as we allow them to abandon their cargo at sea to be rescued , we are perpetuating the problem.

Get Malcolm off to a flying start

Kevin Jones, Gipton

I THINK most people should have made up their mind which way they are going to vote in the general election after all the blanket coverage on the TV and in the newspapers.

Most of the polls make it a very even race between Labour and the Conservatives – however, there’s been a late development which has thrown the battle wide open.

I’m talking, of course, about the amazing revelation in the YEP letters section that if Ed Miliband becomes prime minister Malcolm Nicholson is getting the first plane out of the country and moving to America.

Now if that’s not an incentive to vote Labour I don’t know what is.

20mph signs are sheer folly

Denis Angood, Stanningley

Who in their wisdom, or should it be folly, decided on the changes that have reduced the speed limit on so many carriageways to 20mph?

Every reasonable person/driver can understand the necessity on roads in the immediate vicinity of schools or children’s play areas, but they fail to see the need for such a blanket proliferation.

Am I the only person that looks with incredulity at 
20mph signs at the entrance to a cul-de-sac less than 50 yards long?

In order to curtail a minority of drivers these measures penalise the majority who drive with care, consideration and awareness.

On the majority of estates in Leeds, with their carriageways home to a large number of cars, drivers would have great difficulty in reaching 30mph, let alone maintaining it.

Unless of course we are talking “boy racers” who by the nature of their name do not adhere to any speed limit.

Good advice lasted 35 years

A Hague, Harehills

AFTER reading Neil Hudson’s piece looking into the cuts made to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (YEP, March 27), I was surprised that marriage break-ups were not named as one of the main issues from people seeking advice.

I went to them around 35 years ago seeking advice about it and an elderly lady listened patiently while I told her my story. I was surprised at her reply and it proved later that she was right. My wife and I parted peacefully and are still good friends.