YEP Letters: August 7

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Why waste three years on report?

D Angood, by email

The group of politicians who make up the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its transport committee have, in their wisdom, decided to grant £100,000 to Leeds University for a study lasting three years. The university is to report on the societal and technological changes that will allow the WYCA to make better investment decisions.

These politicians are the people we voted in to oversee these decisions and to make them on our behalf. Their own self confidence must be sadly lacking if they have to rely on a bunch of students to provide information that they should be able to glean for themselves. If their abilities are such that they are unable to divest such information why not ask one or two experienced people for their input?

It is these experienced people who will be the tutors of the students, instructing them on what is required in the study, its format and conclusion will be influenced by their teaching. Therefore three years later the transport committee of the WYCA should be better informed as to what scheme they should invest in. 
Surely they should be looking urgently at investing in an upgraded, integrated transport system that serves the area, not wasting three years on a report that will undoubtedly say the same thing.

Thanks to pub for kindness

Edward Deighton, by email

I AHVE to write to you because of the great kindness shown to my daughter and granddaughter by the staff at the Fox and Grapes, York Road.

Because of a hold up on the A166 leading onto the A64 making us late for feeding our granddaughter she was getting somewhat upset, to say the least, so we pulled into the car park of the Fox and Grapes.

Believe it or not they sterilised the bottle, boiled the water for the milk and gave her ice to cool the bottle down.

What a spirit shown to a none customer, who will not be a none customer much longer.

Thank you Fox and Grapes for your kindness.

Hit these idiots where it hurts

Shaun Kavanagh, by email

Reading your article in the YEP (‘The time waster who put 999 service under strain’, July 30) I was staggered to read of the “irresponsible idiots” making 999 calls for the most ridiculous of reasons, including the bacon eating cat, disgusting takeaway and loud washing machine.

Such users of the 999 emergency telephone service should take a look in the mirror and tell themselves what an idiot they really are.

Furthermore, the call handlers should not waste time in conversation, but perhaps hit a button to terminate the call, thereby leaving the caller listening to a pre-recorded message advising them of the seriousness of their abuse of the 999 system, and that any further use in such a way will result in possible prosecution.

It might not be a bad idea to trial a pilot scheme, if not already trialled, whereby some callers are put before the courts for wasting police time coupled with the naming and shaming of such idiotic individuals.

This will incur some cost but perhaps less than the amount lost to answering stupid, time wasting, calls and any fines imposed will undoubtedly compensate. Such people should be hit where it hurts most – their pocket.

The operative word is...

R Kimble, Hawksworth

I HAVE just belatedly read your front page item (‘What a load of rubbish’, YEP, August 3) about binmen.

May I correct your terminology? According to the Manual Of CouncilSpeak (Orwell Publications) the correct term is ‘waste disposal operative’.

This broad term can thenbe broken down into distinct ‘role functions’ which may be ‘active’ or ‘instrumental’ in scope.

Each type of bin has a distinct operative: black bin operatives are domestic waste disposal operatives, while brown bin operatives are floral and topiary waste disposal operatives.

It is interesting to note that these council employees are often paid more than, or the same as, other council employees whose roles require considerably more knowledge and training than these operatives do.

The one who left our green bin on its side diagonally across the pavement last week after it was emptied clearly did not justify his wage.

Demise no good for electorate

Paul Hill, Lancaster

Well well, according to B Duffy (‘Labour Party is a lost cause’, YEP Letters, August 4) 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 followed by the freefall of stock markets.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. No 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.

In my view Labour stood on the edge of a precipice during the Scottish Referendum, if Scotland had broken away 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 that the Government intend to introduce.

Following the electoral disaster in Scotland Labour may have to win a 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 that the Tory party will go on and on. This may sound good news for the Conservative voters, but what are the consequences?

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