ME and my ideas, my thought of formulating a study group - WYTS West Yorkshire Transport Study - has as my thought progressed nearly had me at my WYTS end.
The idea, I believe, is a good one but the logistical problems that are likely to be encountered began to mount. Setting a date and time is easy, it is what follows that becomes convoluted as the questions begin to unfold.
Where? Who? How many? Will the place be large enough? What equipment? Screen, projector, IT backup, paperwork etc. etc. The list goes on. Questions about those wishing to be involved, would they include the likes of transport providers both passenger and freight, local government across the county, local businesses county wide, travel agents, individuals with ideas, individuals with objections, again the list is endless and I find myself as I said nearly at my WYTS end.
Whilst I have the time to sit and think I am also a family man with family issues that have to take precedence. So again I sit and think I will have to leave the formulation to somebody with the time and inclination or who has the necessary authority to organise such a group. I think it makes sense to have an independent group rather than interested parties putting forward their own self-interest ideas. I will await developments but once again it might be a case of apathy on both sides of the spectrum, service providers and service users and both areas of government until all is swept under the carpet. Maybe it will take a new broom, who knows?
D Angood, Britannia Close, Leeds LS28
No experience in real work
B Duffy’s response to me and John Appleyard (Your Views, December 18) deserves further challenge.
David Cameron was indeed employed by Carlton Communications, from 1994 to 2001. His tenure as Director of Corporate Affairs has been described as his “only professional excursion beyond the cossetted world of Westminster”.
As the job would be basically PR there would be no business management, no wealth creation involved. You could call it political CV filler.
As for George Osborne it is correct that he had several menial jobs plus a very short stint as a freelance journalist, all between 1992 and 1994 and, yes, all in the private sector. None of them relevant to discussion of the Tories as the party of wealth creation. They certainly do that but only for a limited section of Britain’s population.
The politicians who are ensuring that austerity lands it’s heavy hand on those least equipped to withstand it’s effects have no experience of or interest in real work.
Alan Freeman, by email