YEP Letters: July 17

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Don’t take British public for fools

C Smiley, Wakefield

In reply to Terry Watson’s letter (‘Jeremy Corbyn did not win election’ YEP Letters July 5) Mr Corbyn knows he didn’t win the election.

The reason why he struts around with a smile on his face is because Mrs May thought she just had to turn up to win a landslide victory.

Any political leader worth his or her salt should never, ever take the great British public for fools.

Build a proper rail link right to the airport

Alan Baines, by email

Luton Airport are to spend £200million on a 2.1 kilometre rail link to the main line to St Pancras. So expensive due to tunnelling being required beneath the runway and having to negotiate the Chiltern Hills.

Doncaster are building a road link to the (admittedly nearby) M18 and are proposing diverting the East Coast main rail line to the airport at a cost of £150 million.

And Leeds/Bradford? Well you will able to get a train to a mile from the airport, then catch a bus! Given that the train will probably take at least 15 minutes from Leeds and after allowing another 10 minutes from the station to the terminal, plus another good few minutes buying a rail ticket/getting to the platform at Leeds station, it will be quicker and less hassle to catch the 757 bus from the station, which takes about 30 minutes off-peak! So either build a proper rail link right to the airport or don’t bother.

Providing best possible service

David Laws, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport

I would like to reach out to anybody with comments and feedback about Leeds Bradford Airport to please contact us directly. We can this way directly address any items raised in detail.

At LBA, we are committed to providing the very best service possible. I review submitted feedback, which will help me further shape the development of the airport for the benefit of business and leisure passengers across the region.

To submit feedback, please send a letter FAO David Laws, Leeds Bradford Airport, Whitehouse Lane, Leeds, LS19 7TU. Alternatively, email

Contaminated blood scandal

John Appleyard, Liversedge

After 20 years of campaigning for a public inquiry into contaminated blood, an independent inquiry has finally opened under Lord Archer to look at the scandal of thousands of people receiving HIV contaminated blood in the 1980s.

This country has always prided itself of members of the public giving their blood for free, so why did the British government ignore warnings by the world health organisation not to import blood products from the United States and carried on doing so? The US pays its prisoners to give blood, yet studies show that prisoners were on the highest risk groups of people living with HIV and hepatitis C .Haemophiliacs were being used as lab rats. The Government were aware this was happening but chose to cover it up, lives have been destroyed and those of families by a government who put commercial interests before health.

Slow lane for North’s roads

Alec Denton, Guiseley

A lot of column inches have been devoted recently to the problems on the A64 between York and Scarborough caused by the lack of a full dual carriageway. However this stretch of road is not the only road in serious need of attention, a point brought home to my wife and I when returning home from a visit to Lincolnshire last Friday.

The problem we encountered was another A64 problem that also affected traffic on the A1(M).

The volume of traffic was admittedly heavy at 5pm, but it was the lane changing manoeuvres by drivers using the A1(M) between Junctions 43 and 44 at 5pm on a Friday that were really quite alarming.

The lane changing was caused by M1 traffic merging with the A1(M) traffic at the same time as a large number of vehicles were attempting to enter the left-hand lanes to leave the motorways at the A64 Leeds/York exit. Merging traffic had no time to settle before vehicles started to cross in front of them, so late lane changing was rampant and made worse by drivers delaying their lane change to try and gain an advantage in the lengthy queue on the approach to the junction.

The wholly predictably queue was made much worse by the two approach lanes reducing to a single lane as traffic neared the junction.

One can only assume that this example of dangerous road engineering exists due to cost-cutting in the North to fund work in London and the South East, I am sure readers can quote many other examples from our region, but one that particularly annoys me is the final 10 miles of the A65 between Kirkby Lonsdale and the M6, where the A65 becomes little more than a glorified country lane that has been crying out for improvement for years.

Remembering 50s music stars

KR Douglas, Scholes

Some time ago I wrote to your paper regarding Leeds’ 1950s dance band scene, so as an absolutely sucker for anything nostalgic, I had to respond to Mr J Shedlow’s letter on June 29 of the happy memories of the city’s Empire.

I fondly remember our group of young men going to see in the late 1950s the singers Billy Daniels and Billy Eckstine at this venue. Do any readers remember the early 1950s Town Hall concerts of the revitalised British trad jazz scene, where such names as Lyttleton, Colyer and Mick Mulligan with George Melly appeared? Or the late 1950s when Ted Heath, Britain’s premier big band played there, with star alumni of Kenny Baker (trumpet), Ronnie Verell (drums) and the vocal battery of Valentine, Rosa and Lotis, appeared.

Or early into the 1960s at the old Odean cinema where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington performed, terrific bands and singers these.

However, the best of all for me was a Sarah Vaughan concert at the Rialto cinema York, which I attended with one of my old chums to hear that glorious voice, with its swoops and dives, was jazz singing of the very best. At this time you could always catch at some venues in the county the big bands of Kenton, Herman and Basie, yes all this before Beatlemania swept in. I wonder sometimes how the young arena brigade would view this golden musical era.

Hopefully they would say : “Wow, you guys had something special there.”

Brexit will harm

John Cole, Shipley

Several of your readers who favour Brexit complain about my “remoaning” and accuse me of being a bad loser.

I am also told I am undemocratic in not accepting the referendum result and that I am unpatriotic in not now putting my weight behind the government’s attempt to negotiate a good deal with the EU27. I reject all of the above.

As months go by the evidence accumulates that Brexiting the EU will cause substantial harm. By continuing my resistance I am trying to do the best for my children and for future generations. I do not see this as being a bad loser but rather asserting that I have a better purchase on the facts of the issue than most Brexiteers. (Yes – I have spent hours researching this topic objectively and in some depth. Brexiteers may wish to charge me with intellectual arrogance and I would have to plead “guilty”). As I have stated previously, the 52:48 result last June makes for a popular victory but not necessarily a wise outcome.

Those of us who love our country and wish to prevent it engaging in an appalling act of self-harm have a patriotic duty to continue to argue our case.