YEP Letters: July 16

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn  arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London, to appear on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London, to appear on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Labour unelectable under Corbyn

C Sharp, Leeds 25

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters claim, perhaps rightly, that he is a man of principle with the country’s good at heart.

Don’t he and his band realise that his clinging on is bad for both the Labour Party’s already feeble standing and for the country? We need good, credible opposition, not a rowing, scheming band which is the Labour Party at present, totally unelectable under Corbyn.

His love of party and country is, I’m afraid skin deep. He loves power, however insignificant. To put forward his socialist ideas perhaps him and his followers should form another party and see where they get to.


Time to show the world what we’re made of

Mrs J Green, Leeds

Just as our new Prime Minister is taking her place at Number 10 and appointing her new Cabinet ministers to undertake the work of Government and the immediate task of leaving the European Union, we still have to be reminded by some of those who voted to Remain that they find it difficult to understand the result.

John Cole of Shipley is one of those people, he wrote 13 July in an attempt to make a case against the majority vote, by announcing that he agreed with Lord Armstrong, a cross-bencher who spoke in the Lords on 5 July, that he considered that the process was flawed and they should not be compelled to ‘respect’ the Referendum result.

Yesterday I heard Theresa May say that ‘Brexit means Brexit”, and that is the result we should now expect, (regardless of the fact that she voted to Remain). David Cameron also conceded that ‘The people have spoken. There will be no second vote’.

The result was a clear majority vote of 17 million people, and most fair minded people have accepted that we will leave the EU.

It was quite astonishing to note, on the internet social media such as Facebook it is littered (metaphorically) with dummies and toys that have been thrown out of their prams in a tantrum by disgruntled people who voted to Remain. A bogus poll for a second vote was also initiated which drew around 40,000 signatures, including half the population of Peru, I never knew Peru was in British waters!

Isn’t it time that these excuses, the abuse, and in some cases the mindless violence that has come about since the Referendum result came to a stop.

Whatever the result we should be pulling together to make this work for what is best for Britain and our future, our pride in achievement, that is what the new Government has pledged to do, and we should too.

Let’s show the world what we are made of again.

Get over disappointment

M Meeson, Leeds

In reply to John Cole of Shipley (Yorkshire Evening Post July 13) another “remain” voter who just cannot accept that the majority of Great Britain voted to leave the European Union.

If the situation had been to remain, by even the slightest of majorities, I am certain Mr Cole would have accepted that decision. David Cameron’s attempt to cut migration ended with him returning with his tail between his legs.

The “leave” decision was as a result of uncontrolled migration that overwhelmed many parts of the UK (obviously not Shipley). Time to get over your disappointment, accept the majority decision and let’s move on.

Accept majority decision

D Angood, by email

What a reprehensible response from J Cole (Letters 13th July) with regard to the outcome of a democratic decision by the population of this country to leave the EU.

So a democratic referendum is “flawed”, his only reason it is “flawed” is because he and others did not agree with the result. Has he not read the defintion of “democracy”,... Government of the people, by the people, for the people,... is what I understand it to be. Democracy under our voting system is that the majority decision is accepted, our historic parliament is built on that. Parliament is there to represent the people and to do what the people wish. Parliament decides the policy and the civil service is there to implement that policy not to influence it, although it seems that Robert Armstrong believes differently.

It would appear that some of those 400 MPs who backed “remain” did not listen to their constituents as many areas of different political persuasion voted “leave”. The people voted, and no matter what inference is made about what is best for the country by the “remain” supporters, that vote was to leave. Let Robert Armstrong and Mr Cole crawl back under their respective benches, although Armstrong’s will be more comfortable, and rejoin when they can support the country and Brexit more positively. Just like any voter whose party has lost an election accept the majority decision.

There is no going back on the result because that happening would definitely be a result that was flawed.

It is the country that matters, the future of the country, the country voted leave so make the decision work for the country.

Our country, our UK, our GB, not a state in a federal Europe.

Country is divided

John G Wildie, Sandal

Now the referendum is over and the decision was to leave the European Union.

This was not to my desire - leaving the EU will cause quite a lot of upset and unrest with a lot of people and families.

I think a lot of elderly people voted to leave, only thinking about themselves and not about the future for their children or grandchildren in the years to come.

Some businesses have already considering closing down and going back to Europe. This will eventually happen, causing unemployment and people losing their jobs. Already, a rise in racism, hate and crime has started and this must be stopped immediately.

The country is already divided, with Labour and the Conservative parties showing disagreement and having new leaders or leadership battles.

I am British and I am disappointed and disheartened with this country and the mess it is in.

An early election?

Nick Glynne, by email

Theresa May said that following the referendum, her job is to ensure the will of the people is respected and ensure Brexit will happen.

As an unelected Prime Minister, will she also ensure the will of the people is respected and call an early election?

Plant more inner city trees

Jaimes Lewis Moran, by email

In response to the launch of Leeds City Council’s 42-strong electric vehicle fleet; I’m very much glad to see it come to fruition!

However, would they also petition local private bus and inner-city taxis to do the same? Especially considering all those poor air-quality hot spots on the Headrow route.

It’s also worth mentioning that Leeds has the fourth worst air quality in the UK (*probably climbing too...) so how about some strategic tree planting at all inner-city traffic routes? It’s not like its an impossible task - plant more trees near traffic laden areas (*Beeston, York Road, Hyde Park) but especially near primary schools.

Old people need respect

Ernest Lundy, by email

Just as expected, the ITV programme on July 13 ‘100 Year Old Drivers Rebooted’ is contrived.

Highlighting a group of old drivers who, if they really do drive the way they were shown, have no right to be on the road at all; and are a menace to other road users. A bit of tongue in cheeks stuff is all well and good, but this programme does nothing to further the cause of ageing drivers, most of whom I am certain do not perform on the road like those shown.

And in fact only contribute to demands that those over 70 should be retested. I shall not be viewing future episodes; and the producers should hang their heads in shame. Old people need respect not ridicule.