YEP Letters: August 6

Have your say

I am 60 years old and I find it utterly insulting to the memory of my grandparents that the likes of Cameron are being asked their opinions on the First World War.

I’ve heard the “lessons to be learned” cliche no less than about 11 times so far this morning: it’s an insult to resort to such now meaningless cliches. I’m waiting for the inevitable “there are no words” one at some point.

Cameron and his ilk have never seen service but are happy to send young men and women to their deaths in a pointless episodes like Afghanistan and Iraq. If I see Blair’s face on the screen I may well put my boot through the TV screen. Such hypocrisy.

Let’s not forget either that Cameron’s class formed the upper echelons of the military and whose decisions were often highly contributory to the level of deaths of working class young people.

Even now, talking on BBC1, he’s making political gain from some of his comments mentioning what his govt is doing after criticising Ed Miliband for trying to make political gain about Gaza and Israel.

We should not forget either his childish exultation over those countries he thinks he has played a major part in liberating.

Keep these politicians and manipulators out of the commemorations. None of them have anywhere near the integrity of the “ordinary” people in this country who will be remembering their ancestors today.

T Maunder, Leeds

Blame greed, not the poor

THE BARE faced cheek of people such as your correspondent Roger Watkinson (YEP, August 1) never fails to amaze me.

He complains about this country’s immigration policy and suggests that we take lessons from Australia. Might I suggest that he sends that advice to the leaders of the Aboriginal leaders of that country and while he’s at it copy it to the indigenous populations of North and South America, South Africa, New Zealand and any other countries that we have meddled in since time began.

Think about it and realise that your problems in life are not caused by poor people. The ordinary working person and families have, quite rightly, been complaining about the difficulties they face since long before any real numbers of immigrants came here. It will never be different until we put people before corporate greed.

Tony Winstanley, Castleford

Play fair and listen to traders

I am writing following the news that Leeds City Council is considering proposals to drop the rent of traders at Kirkgate Market by 20 per cent for a year. This is obviously good news. There will undoubtedly be an impact on the traders as the work to refurbish the market is carried out, and I hope the rent reduction goes some way to helping the traders to manage the process.

Some traders are dissatisfied with the proposed 20 per cent reduction, arguing that, since the car park next to the market was closed to make way for the new Victoria Gate development, takings have dropped by 40 per cent. It is undoubtedly going to be difficult for traders to cope with reduced custom and the disruption caused by the work.

As I have argued for some time, the relationship between the Market’s management and the traders needs to improve. The Council seem so keen to push ahead with the work they are consistently failing to listen to the concerns of traders, and this needs to change otherwise traders will lose patience and leave the market altogether, leaving everyone in Leeds poorer.

Coun Dan Cohen, Shadow Spokesman for Digital and Creative Technologies, Culture and Skills, Leeds City Council

Better solution than trolleybus

I AM perplexed at the council’s concentration on introducing a trolleybus system between Holt Park and Stourton. The first disadvantage is that it is a fixed system.

Any right-thinking person, and there must surely be some on Leeds Council, would surely opt for double buses such as those on the 72 route from Leeds to Bradford. They are the same width as normal buses, but just twice the length and have double the capacity which means more people can get on the same bus. Double buses have the added flexibility to be also used on other routes to cover shortages etc.

I could go on and on. It is as plain as the nose on your face. Of course, there is another alternative and that is to get someone on the Council Transport Committee who knows something about public transport.

Mel Smart M.C.I.T., Farsley

Tram-trains offer an option

THE MAIN focus of Mr Anderton’s ‘Luddite’ letter (YEP, July 28) is that there is no realistic alternative to the Trolleybus. This is not the case.

Manchester and Sheffield are already experimenting with tram-trains to expand their network since these will be able to switch from the light-rail tracks to railway lines. Since Leeds already has as extensive railway network, the construction of light-rail links to this would facilitate the use of tram-trains and would provide a city-wide, modern public transport system at less cost than the confined trolleybus.

If Leeds City Council had pursued the idea of tram-trains in 1989 when I first suggested it to them, Leeds would have had a transport system way ahead of it’s northern rivals and it could by now even have an integrated underground system.

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

Time to road tax the caravan

IT’S THE caravan season again, travelling can be a nightmare with all these garden sheds on wheels clogging the road. I have never understood why caravans are not subject to any form of road taxation.

This is an iniquity and should be remedied as soon as possible.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Why did council lay speed humps

FURTHER TO my letter (YEP July 24) regarding the cost effectiveness of speed bumps in the Strathmore Drive area, in the absence of a reply from the council, if speeding was not the problem why was priority given to laying unnecessary speed bumps rather than repairing the pot-ridden roads? The only beneficiaries from this strange decision appears to be the lucky contractor who got the job.

Walt Emsley, Oakwood

Medals glut for our athletes

WHATEVER USAIN Bolt did or didn’t say about the Commonwealth Games is far less significant than the magnificent performance of so many Yorkshire athletes. As in the 2012 Olympic Games, the athletes from God’s White Rose-shire vied with nations in the medals league table.

A massive thanks to all of them and the others who competed. On the back of the Tour de France it should fill Yorkshire people with renewed pride.

Graham Branston, Rawdon

Let Portas stay at Collingham

MY family and I support the campaign for Portas Ongondo to be granted permission by the Home Office to continue living and working in the Collingham community.

Mr Ongondo is a valued member of staff at Collingham School and the children have the upmost respect for him as does he.