YEP Letters: December 3

Have your say

Just caught up with Thursday’s Your Views and the confusion over Sunday parking charges. I believe that the information given before the introduction was very limited especially £1 for parking for four hours on a Sunday.

Having looked at Leeds City Council’s website at the charges that now apply, it is confusing also, especially when they quote “evenings from 6pm a flat rate of £2 is payable 7 days a week and then quote Sundays 10am to 6pm: “under 4 hours £1, over 4 hours £4.”

I cannot recall this £4 charge having been quoted as more emphasis was on the £1 for four hours.

At my request, the Parking Services emailed me the following: Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm – Tariff as indicated on signs/machine in the area; Monday to Saturday 6-10pm – £2, then free from 10pm until the following day at 8am; Sunday – £1 for 4hrs, £4 for over 4hrs up to 10pm, then free from 10pm until 8am Monday.

Sunday example – you arrive to park at 11am, wanting to park for the full day. Paying £4 at 11am will give you a ticket valid until 10pm. It is then free untill 8am the following day.

Perhaps you could use the above to try to clarify how this unwanted scheme is penalising again not only the motorists and city centre businesses but relatives and friends visiting hospitals as the visiting hours for the evening are usually from 6pm to 8pm.

BJ Whitfield, Leeds

When ‘more is never enough’

The unacceptable face of extreme capitalism is the cause of nearly all the world’s problems, with only religion coming a close second. No, I have no liking for communism or political views of any kind.

But the latest moves by energy supplier npower only confirms that view. After having a slight reduction in profits last year they are to increase the cost of their commodities by at least 10pc, while making redundant 5,000 or more employees.

We all know about the way food and other commodities are constantly on the increase. We are even told that house prices are rising again. MPs, teachers and firemen are also lobbying for more, government is never satisfied with what they milk from all classes. Oil producers, retailers and food multiples are also never content with the previous year’s results, even if they break even; and subsequently increase prices, and reduce staff in the pursuit of better results in the next.

Whatever the powers-that-be may say, this is an insoluble problem, as enough is no good, and they always want more, and care little for how they achieve it.

On occasions in the past, suitable words or phrases have adequately described situations, and one which suits the problems we now suffer from is one of only four words, that should be used as a catchword. Remember them well: “More is Never Enough”.

E Lundy, by email

Sack us and bring us home

IN response to Mr Appleyard’s MEP letter (YEP, November 26) are we ‘worth it?’ Of course not. For God’s sake sack us all and bring us home. Incidentally his figure of £1.79m is ridiculous, but that’s not the point.

Godfrey Bloom, MEP

Time to stroll around shops

I agree with Mr Daniel about Seacroft town shopping centre. A few years ago I often took a ride up there and had a stroll browsing and buying a few things before I set off back to Leeds 10 for fish and chips at the Skyliner.

In Hunslet we shopped on the Lane where you could get anything. People on Saturday would take the kids – no rush, fresh bread, a bit of meat for Sunday, vegetables, chemist, etc, and pay a few shillings at the electric shop for something you had got on tick, across Hunslet Road to Stevisons Outfitters if the kids needed anything, then if it was a warm day, pop into the Garden Gate for a glass of ale. Not like today, rushing round the supermarket.

H Ibbetson, Broom Nook , Leeds

No end to ‘hard-working’

I totally agree with T Maunder (YEP, November 27) that the constant use of the phrase ‘hard-working people’ by Tory/Coalition politicians is offensive and insulting. It is clear that they want to continue the cynical strivers versus scroungers rhetoric, so it is highly unlikely that they will stop using this phrase.

When I was working and had to attend interminable meetings I played management-speak bingo, spotting management jargon terms and ticking them off on a bingo sheet. Now I’m retired I use the same technique to try to make the garbage I hear from politicians less offensive. “Hard-working people” is an automatic bingo phrase and whenever I hear or read it coming out of a Tory politicians mouth I yell out, “Bingo!” Give it a try. Mocking the politicians by telling them that we see through their cynical attempts to manipulate us is very cathartic.

D A Pentelow, Otley

‘Hark to Rover’ information

With reference to your piece on the Hark to Rover, I think the author has been looking too deep or not deep enough. It has always been known that “Hark to Rover” was a pub or tavern at the time of the abbey.

The Rover was of course the dog that lived at the abbey cared for by the monks. The noisy dog got on the customers’ nerves, thus saying “Listen (hark) to that damned dog (to Rover).

With regard to the treasure of course it is still there, the crafty abbot placed it in the tunnel that led from the abbey to the Holy Well.

So let’s not make things too difficult, just ask the locals for local info.

Edward Deighton, Armley Ridge Road, LS12

Ridiculous over independence

DON’T the ever more ridiculous pronouncements on independence by Scotland’s first Minister Alex Salmond MSP mirror those of Stanley Holloway in the 1950s Ealing comedy film, Passport to Pimlico?

That’s how far from reality most are.

For example, to say that HM Queen Elizabeth II would automatically become Head of State of an independent Scotland would mean her reneging on the Coronation Oath of ruling the United Kingdom – something – I doubt like abdication she would never consider herself or be allowed to by Parliament.

That Scotland could continue to use sterling as its currency is nonsense because the Bank of England would have to bail them out as banker of last resort if they got into real trouble!

Or that Scotland would be an EU member state which is against the existing rules, they would have to apply which can take a decade or more.

Many practical issues are ignored by Mr Salmond, eg the fate of tens of thousands of public sector jobs in Scotland with HMR&C, DWP etc which only exist by serving England’s taxpayers including me.

DS Boyes, Rodley Lane, Leeds 13

Stealing Labour party policies

This Condem government has run out of ideas and is now resorting to performing U-turns and stealing Labour party policies.

Ed Miliband’s party has championed a limit on pay day loan interest, plain packaging on cigarette packets and a freeze on energy bills. The good sense of these policies has been recognised by all and, in the past week alone, the Government has stolen them. Perhaps the Condems should just make way for the genuine article and resign now.

Stephen Clark, Bawn Approach, Leeds

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