YEP Letters: February 25

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MPs’ dealings knock our faith in politicians

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

According to news reports, two of our past Foreign Secretaries have been tripping the light fantastic in their dealings with outside interests. But aren’t MPs supposed to reveal these?

True or not, both have been extremely voluble in explaining that they have done nothing wrong, and merely dealing with, and establishing, contacts in preparation for the day when they are no longer MPs.

And that any remuneration received was in recognition of such services.

Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?

After the recent jiggery-pokery over expenses among so-called men of integrity, presumably working for the good of the nation, these suggested irregularities come at a time when the HSBC revelations highlight further dodgy tax avoidance business, with money stashed away in Swiss bank accounts.

It is all becoming not only tedious and extremely worrying, but also further undermines the last shreds 
of confidence we may have 
had in this and past governments.

These individuals really do believe they are special; they may well be but not in ways appreciated by we of the 
so-called common herd.

Times really have changed, when one considers that, in the not too distant past, one could be deported for stealing an apple.

Stop Ministers moonlighting

Derek Barker, Moortown

Surely any politician who accepts payment for advising, representing or assisting any company is automatically putting themselves into a situation of a conflict of interests?

How can any MP or Government Minister make any political decision without their motives being influenced by their outside business interests?

If, Malcolm Rifkind is 
self-employed, as he stated while being secretly filmed, then that in itself is a conflict of interests because MPs are supposed to be public servants.

This practise of MPs engaging in business interests outside of their political duties should be illegal, and they should not be self-employed but employed directly by the state.

Most people have a clause in their contract of employment barring them from moonlighting.

Airport bosses so small-minded

John Wainwright, Leeds

I READ recently that passenger numbers at Leeds-Bradford Airport fell last year.

Given the casual petty disdain they display to their customers such as through the £3 drop-off and pick-up parking charges I can’t say I’m surprised. By setting up a free parking area in one of their car parks they have clearly conceded that there is a need for such a facility, but can provide no justification for it not being at the front of the terminal building where it used to be.

When going to and from my taxi the last thing I need is a quarter of a mile walk dragging all my suitcases, possibly in the rain.

And it must be even worse for those with children or people with restricted mobility.

When I fly into Palma Mallorca I arrive at an airport with free drop-off and pick-up parking areas and loads of free baggage trolleys. If they can do it why can’t Leeds-Bradford?

As long as they continue with these ‘customer hostile’ attitudes this will continue to be a small airport run by 
small-minded people with small ideas.

It’s vital to get on track fast

Lionel Pyrah, Leeds

Paul Kilroy highlighted a number of shortcomings which Leeds as a city needs to remedy (Your Feedback, February 17), arguably as soon as possible.

Whilst it is well known that most councils throughout the UK are experiencing huge cash constraints, with no doubt more to come, it would hardly be wise to allow Leeds to slowly drift into a malaise in which the many communities within its boundaries are starved of facilities already provided by other British cities.

In particular, a modern transport system acceptable to the majority, a business/conference centre and a refurbished Kirkgate market hall could perhaps be the priorities for consideration by the city fathers once the good times have begun to roll again.

Meanwhile, in light of the Northern Powerhouse concept, I believe the council should now give serious thought to the idea of a Mayor for the city, or even the Leeds City Region.

If this nettle is grasped firmly, the opportunities for ‘Greater’ Leeds to advance further would be formidable.

At least our ‘friends’ west of the Pennines would then have some real competition!

Our children let down yet again

Alex Gillies, Killingbeck

Once again Leeds infants lose out to this Westminster-led quango, this time on much needed cash to deliver free school meals as promised by Nick Clegg (YEP, February 23).

A total of 56 schools across Yorkshire applied for extra funding, with only five being successful.

This is utter contempt towards parents of the children of Yorkshire. Not only are Leeds children being denied equal funding for meals but every school has temporary classrooms dotted across the playgrounds.

The word ‘temporary’ does not mean something that lasts for years. There are portable buildings that have been there for decades.

It’s time to replace these eyesores with permanent buildings. After all, there are thousands of tradesmen and labourers seeking employment in their neighbourhood.

Celebration’s a load of junk!

David March, Tadcaster

While its understandable that a company like would like to celebrate a successful year in business, there are better ways of doing it than sending 999 pieces of potentially damaging pieces of plastic over the skies of Yorkshire (YEP, February 24).

If I find one of these balloons containing cash then the money will go towards buying more litterpicks for the regular beach cleans we carry out at Robin Hoods Bay.

The next beach clean is on March 14, meeting at the slipway at 11.30am, to which everyone is welcome. Hopefully we won’t be picking up any of these balloons.