YEP Letters: December 2

Have your say

In response to your Callback question ‘would you support a ban on Black Friday?’ (YEP, November 29) – the answer is a resounding Yes.

Why is it that we have to take on things which are American?

Just because a thing happens in America, it does not mean that it has to become part and parcel of our culture.

We are British and have our own traditions. Thanksgiving is not one of them, so why are we taking on something which happens in America after their Thanksgiving?

The sight of people on the local news, in Yorkshire, fighting each other to get their hands on goods was sickening.

They were like animals fighting over a carcass.

I sincerely hope we are not sinking to be like animals. God help us!

Fran Dale, Leeds

It was with astonishment and disbelief that I witnessed the so-called Black Friday debacle of people fighting each other to purchase artificially reduced bargains, the retailers apparently reducing particular brands such as electrical goods in order to entice consumers into their stores.

This recent American invention is unwelcome and is not what we need over here but sadly typifies the way things are going when money is god.

I fear for the future where society is driven by greed, avarice and sheer rampant envy which seems to have become the norm as I’m afraid as a nation we have become intolerant and selfish.

Perhaps the only kind of seasonal spirit we shall soon have is the one that’s bought in a bottle.

Alan Thorpe, Whitkirk

This Black Friday nonsense needs to be banned before someone is injured or, heaven forbid, killed.

The pictures of people fighting like savages was disgraceful and completely unnecessary and the police should not have had to deal with it.

It’s bad enough that the horror that is Hallowe’en has taken over our country, so let’s stop another American tradition from invading our shores.

In any case, according to a Reuters report, fewer people in the USA were out shopping on Friday, as retailers have extended the shopping experience to Thursday evening and are not concentrating everything on the one day, so it seems strange that American-owned Asda/Walmart should encourage this wildness over here. I would sign any petition to stop this mayhem ever happening again in this country.

Anne Ward, Oakwood

Too late to deal with migration

Such have been effects of the decades-long duration and intensity of intellectual dishonesty and prohibition surrounding the pressing issues of immigration, that is has rendered impossible any political action required to now belatedly deal with those issues.

Which, given these isles’ romantic and historic attachment to values of liberty and free speech that had always kept us safe from continental political tyrannies throughout the centuries is, to say the least, sad and disheartening.

It’s as if all that our forefathers fought for and believed in turned out to be a mere fiction.

In that respect ,those on the traditional “Left” are equally as guilty of intellectual pretension and dishonesty as all the rest.

Why, for instance, does the organised trades union and Labour movement persist in advocating and supporting intensified labour market competition which always acts to drive down real wages?

How on earth in the real economic world does support and encouragement of unrestricted cross-border EU migration help to maintain or defend, let alone improve, wages and conditions?

As someone of Austrian and Russian parentage, I have always puzzled over the curious British antipathy toward the poor and those who have been marginalised by society.

As the Czech ambassador remarked on the radio the other day while discussing inner EU migration “it concentrates on those central and east europeans who have come over here to occupy your jobs.”

Only foreigners can discuss immigration and, for my two penn’orth, it’s been a historic disaster of cataclysmic proportions.

Louis Kasatkin, Wakefield

Traffic problem set to worsen

FOLLOWING the recent letters regarding the traffic situation on Austhorpe Road in Crossgates, things will get a lot worse before getting better – if they ever do.

There are discussions going on between the council and the builders of the new development with reference to the proposed removal of coal from the old Barnbow site for approximately one year.

The proposal is that this coal be transported to Drax power station via Austhorpe Road/ring road several times a day.

This will obviously cause more problems at the ring road junction due to the size of the lorries and other transport needed for the building site.

No decision has been made but the general opinion is that it will be ‘when’ not ‘if’ this application gets the go ahead - against the wishes of the residents of the area.

The residents of Crosgates were originally led to believe that the second part of the development would not proceed until the new link road was built but this has been changed.

Susan Barker, Whitkirk

Cricket tragedy not unexpected

I find the reaction to the unfortunate death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes completely bewildering.

To describe his death on the cricket field as completely accidental is just not true.

Phillip Hughes was struck on the head by a solid cricket ball, aimed at him at a speed close to 100mph from a distance of 22 yards.

This act was completely deliberate, not in any way accidental but totally deliberate.

The loss of Philip in this way is so very tragic, but to be brutally frank, one not totally unexpected.

Jack Smith, Leeds

Bad taste must not be tolerated

GARY MASTERSON (Your Views, November 22) is either disingenuous or broadminded to a fault if he can’t understand the objection to the image of a tied-up lady being painted in the back of a van.

Nor can he grasp the concept of public bad taste or the power of imagery in conditioning and affecting behaviour and thoughts. While admitting bad taste, he dismisses it as a purely personal matter, indeed, a right.

Would he then tolerate any anti-Semitic or anti-Islamic example of it?

At what point do his liberal permissive instincts cry “enough”! And who decides?

His attitude is: “If you don’t like something, don’t look at it”.

So do we tolerate large pictures of Hitler strutting his stuff? Or ritual beheadings used in advertising campaigns?

His reference to “whipping up a mob to persecute somebody who hasn’t broken any law” is the classic language of self-righteous liberalism.

The mob being those upholding standards of decency, whipping-up being the public expressions of right-mindedness, and the law being whatever the current ruling elite has decreed.

His insistence that we should turn and walk away from something we don’t like is not, as he suggests, the same as turning the other cheek, keeping a stiff upper lip, or taking the moral high ground.

These latter are the responses to an informed moral will and outlook, whereas walking away can be an act of cowardice, indifference or moral negligence, which may make the walker an accomplice by neglect.

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood