YEP Letters: August 22

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Why this change to our mail?

JR Mollett, LS8

UPON posting my latest batch of letters yesterday at teatime as usual, I was dismayed to discover the collection time from my local post box has been changed from 6.15pm to 9am.

Now that I am retired I keep in touch with many friends by post and enjoy spending much of the day writing letters.

I accept that for many years there has been only one collection per day, but as it was at 6.15pm it was ideal – I was happy to know my post was safely on its way overnight and often learned it reached its destination the next day, even when often sent at second class, a truly excellent service. Well done, Post Office!

But now this alteration to 9am is most unhelpful. Anything I should now choose to post at teatime is now immediately delayed by another day. So, for example, the use of first class would no longer be of any benefit. Further, I don’t like leaving mail in the box overnight, leaving it subject to damp and condensation under some weather conditions, damage by snails which can eat the paper, or even fire damage when some lunatic chooses to pop a firework through the slot – don’t mock, it has been known. So it looks as though it needs a major rethink on how to get my mail on the way now.

I can’t imagine their van drivers are over-thrilled by the idea of doing collections during the morning rush hour, either.

Can anybody from the Post Office explain why this disappointing change has been made?

Churchill would turn in his grave

David Speight, Tingley

I have always been pro Britain and I have always stood up for this country as a soldier and as a Police Imaging Officer. I am now fed up.

However this country is being shut down by this government who want us under the thumb.

For the first time in over 50 years road deaths are up in this country thanks to this governments cuts in policing. Cameron and May tell us crime is down far from it, they change the way in which crime is reported to get the statistics they want.

And who do the public blame for slow responses the police they need to look at were the problem lies and that is at the feet of this government.

I would agree the welfare state needs reform however a degree of compassion must be taken and to ensure the innocent are not targeted, this government have shown no compassion.

One has only to see this is true if one looks at the food and drink bill at the taxpayers’ expense in Westminster and the house of Lords, they drink expensive champagne at our expense.

I would have thought a good leader and his government would lead by example but far from it.

Cameron stated we are all in it together - so far I have not seen any evidence of his government being in it with us.

Whilst attacking the public sector, armed forces and the disabled and old he gives over £15 billion in overseas aid.

At a time he should have been making a stand due to the Channel Tunnel and immigrants wanting to get in this country he again took a holiday.

It seems clear to me Cameron takes a holiday yet again when he should be leading the country. Churchill must be turning in his grave.

I was no fan of Blair and Brown, however Cameron is something different a whole lot worse.

We don’t live in a democracy

Terry Watkinson, Allerton Bywater

I’m writing about a letter from Robert Holman of Leeds 6 who wrote in support of the letter about trying to get rid of the House of Lords.

Well, the House of Lords should not exist anyway. Politicians would have you believe we live in a democracy but here in Great Britain we do not live in a democracy. Because in a democracy your leaders and lawmakers are elected.

The House of Lords, the upper house, can prevent laws being passed and they are unelected.

And what about lobbying? Lobbying is just bribery.

Another thing they don’t mention any more - transparency.

If you are an MP you should be an MP and nothing else.

You cannot have other jobs, you are open to all sorts of compromises. It’s not on.

It’s not on and we do not live in a democracy.

We will beat MS with support

Scott Mills, Radio 1 presenter and MS Society supporter

My mum Sandra was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 54 – a scary and heart-breaking time.

She’s one of more than 100,000 people living with MS in the UK – it’s a devastating condition with no cure. People with MS might be fine one day but the next they might lose their sight or be unable to move.

The MS Society is a world-leading funder of research into the condition. The UK charity is fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives. It has already made important breakthroughs and this is now the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise. I’m supporting the charity by getting involved in ChallengeMS – a fundraising event happening throughout September – all the money raised will go towards that vital research. With ChallengeMS people can do anything from wearing an orange wig, to giving something up to hosting an event like a coffee morning.

I’d love your readers to join me and support the MS Society – they can find out more by going to With your support, we will beat MS.

Get walking and feel healthier

Tom Platt, Head of Research and Policy, Wentworth Street

Dementia research published in The Lancet recently suggests that attention to optimum health early in life might benefit cognitive health late in life. Inactivity is a risk factor for dementia. Yet walking to school or work is a simple way to build more activity into our every-day routines. Walking is good for mental health as well as physical health. Living Streets organises the nationwide Walk to School and Walk to Work weeks, as well as the well-established National Walking Month in May. More advice, information and inspiration can be found at