YEP Letters: August 10

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More cities to solve overcrowding

Paul Kilroy, Leeds 16

THE UK’s overcrowding is caused not only by excessive immigration but also by uneven distribution.

Hence the South-East and West are horribly over-subscribed, while the East and North are unaffected.

My solution - from the mouth of the Thames northwards along the coast every 25 miles build a city. These would extend on both sides of an existing river (e.g. Hull, Newcastle) or be on both sides of a river-sized divide (comprising a highway, boulevard and railway line).

They would, obviously, extend westwards, a distance of 10 miles and for five miles north and five miles south of the central divide.

The 25-mile distance between cities would operate all the way to John O’Groats.

Within approximately the 600 miles of coastline, 20 cities of 500,000 people would be created. The same for the North-East Scottish coast, and the entire West and South coasts. Some 40 to 50 million people would be accommodated.

The advantages: 1. No further encroachment outwards from land-locked cities.

2. No further expansion of present coastal towns.

3. Ready access to the sea in case of terrestrial catastrophe, or in dire food necessity, or for holiday travel abroad, or for export of goods.

4. Easier transport design i.e. one horizontal East-West route along the divide, connecting with North-South destinations along the route. The East-West route being important as it serves direct to the sea.

Where not already existing, city centres would be created either at the coast or five miles inwards at the central point, equidistant from all points and involving only one journey for everyone.

One single road and rail line would extend around the entire circumference of the UK connecting the cities.

Its construction would absorb a million workers over five to ten years, plus untold numbers building the cities, over a longer period.

Each county and country would decide its own city’s layout and design.

We could then dismantle the Londonasaurus monster, leaving a five mile radius of Trafalgar Square for tourism purposes.

We are living in strange times

J T Roberts, Wakefield

I am currently receiving treatment for cancer by the wonderful staff at St James’ oncology department, I could not be in more capable hands.

I figured that it might be a good idea also to watch ‘Superfoods’, the series on Channel 4. Broccoli, for example, would seem to have anti-cancer properties. Oily fish, like fresh mackerel and herring, were also investigated in episode four.

However, episode four had an embarrassing moment and could have benefitted from a little judicious editing! The presenter, a Kate Quildon, did a great job - most of the time, until she started talking about the kipper as if it was an actual species of fish.

A North-Eastern fisherman had to explain in the most tactful way possible, that you don’t fish kippers from the sea. They become kippers when they are smoked. Before then they are called herrings. The mind boggles at times over the gaps in basic general knowledge and common sense. Hence, these silly errors.

Time was when herrings were a tasty staple of the British tea table. The herring fleets of Great Yarmouth, Grimsby, Scarborough, Whitby, the North-East and Scotland drew this harvest of the sea in their millions. Today, they are undervalued; there are few things as appetising as fresh herring.

There is a squeamish and silly attitude to fish among so many. I heard a lady at the fishmonger section of a supermarket the other day demanding that the fishmonger remove all the bones of a sea bass. The chap was happy to do this, but tactfully explained that fish is often better cooked ‘on the bone’ and the bones are easily removed after cooking!

We are living in strange times. Lack of common sense seems to be the elephant in the room.

Will we have one party state?

Paul Hill, Lancaster

According to B Duffy many of our present woes are down to the Labour party including the enforced austerity measures following Labour’s 13 catastrophic years in power.

I may be wrong, but didn’t we have a ‘global financial crisis’ starting with the US sub-prime mortgage debt in 2007 leading to a banking crisis, then the freefall of stock markers, I didn’t realise Labour had that much influence.

Demonising past politicians and political decisions is no help to the country’s present problems, you could easily dredge up a list of bad policies made by the Tories. It’s the present and more importantly the future, we should be concentrating on.

Unfortunately Mr Duffy is right about the Labour party, it now looks like a lost cause but not in the manner he portrays it. Labour stood on the edge of a precipice during the Scottish Referendum, if Scotland had broken away then Labour would have been confined to the wilderness. Little did we know that the Scottish electorate would emulate this in the general election. We have also to add on the Electoral Boundary Commission changes the government intends to introduce.

Following the electoral disaster in Scotland Labour may have to win an extra 106 seats in the 2020 election to gain a majority of one.

The mountain may be too high for Labour at the next election and possibly successive elections.

So it’s possible the Tory party will go on and on. This may sound like good news for Conservative voters, but what are the consequences, would it be a virtual one party state?

The country needs stability now not lurches to the right or left or a majority government without a strong opposition, this could end up with consequences we may well regret.

Use technology to help drivers

Jack Taylor, Middleton

IT is now the 21st Century. Why isn’t the latest technology used to help drivers by putting better locking devices in their cabs so the back doors are locked from the cab and the silo curtains could be lowered or raised by technology?

This is a billion pound industry. Why lose millions of pounds worth of foodstuffs because of the lack of thought, it is possible to expose the outer surface but not to put a locking device in place.

Why not use those big metal containers, they must be harder to break into.