YEP Letters: July 21

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Give top batsman Root a chance

Ernest Lundy, by email

Isn’t it typical of our England cricket 
selectors to pile the load of being captain on Joe Root, one of the best batsmen we’ve had for years?

Then after a couple of games the old hands are coming out of the woodwork making oblique references to his inexperience in the job. Either give him a chance or appoint another more experienced man, even if he is less as a cricketer, and let the young fellow get on with the job of holding up the side with his batting.

This situation has happened so many times that is has become almost predictable.

My thanks to the kind people of this city

Vernon Mais, Leeds 17

I wanted to let readers know how gratified I am to all the members of the public who have helped me get out of difficult situations recently.

I have had Parkinson’s for several years and managed to get out and about safely enough, but earlier this year I was also diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. This made me feel more worried about my safety when I leave home. There have been many situations I have found myself in where innocent passers-by or staff in shops, shopping malls, and other places such as train stations have been kind enough to rescue me from.

The most recent one was when I collapsed on the grass verge near home and a gentleman taking his dog for a walk found me, dashed home with his lovely beagle to bring his car then bundled me into the car with assistance of a lady who was also surprised to see me in such a state. I was delivered home safely with great relief.

There have been numerous similar instances of freely given help and kindness without which I may have been too cautious to leave the house.

I would encourage anyone in a similar situation who is able, but who is wary of venturing out alone, to trust the public and be assured that there is a great willingness from people to help. I have been really overwhelmed in some situations and would sincerely like to thank each one who has helped me thereby encourage me to carry on as normally as possible. Without these people I would not have been confident to go out and experience some of the things listed below.

l Put in wheelchairs at supermarkets whilst waiting for my medication to get my legs moving again, parked near the checkouts chatting joking with the staff.

l Given a novel free white-knuckle ride at a theme park in a wheelchair

l Helped off a train and being wheeled to the front of the taxi queue

l Not being able to get off the bus at my intended destination and ending up somewhere further away at no extra cost. So a big thank you to all the members of the public who have helped me and made me see a funny side to some of my adventures.

Businesses gone to the wall

D Angood, by email

It was refreshing to read the letter from Geoff Wilson (YEP July 18) re driver only trains, especially so his question as to why the new trains are being built in Spain and not in the UK.

That same question could be asked of many engineering and construction businesses that have gone to the wall because of the restrictive practices of some unions.

Could it be that the Marxist ideals of some union leaders have led to the demise of jobs for the members of their union?

The union movement was created to safeguard and protect workers rights and jobs but evolved into what turned out as an unmanageable beast, or variety of beasts, which rightly or wrongly were beaten into submission by the Iron Lady. Both sides have their stories to tell which will outlast infinity. The result of those are seen by the dearth of manufacturing industry in this country and the consequence being that for which Mr Wilson raises his question.

Real patriots don’t oppose exit from EU

John Wainwright, by email

So John Cole objects to people calling him ‘unpatriotic’ (Letters, July 17).

The solution is in his own hands, stop campaigning for the laws in the country you claim to love to continue to be made by a cabal of unelected control-freak foreigners - simple.

I know a government led by Jeremy Corbyn and his Marxist cadre would be a disaster, but at least we would be able to get rid of him at the next election. With Juncker and Co we have no such powers. Real patriots don’t oppose Brexit!

BBC presenters’ huge pay gap

Judy Goodwin, Altofts

As it has been shown there is a huge pay gap in the salaries paid to male and female BBC TV and radio presenters, would it not be prudent to bring the pay of the male presenters down to those paid to the females?

None of them would be paid so much in the commercial sector.

HS2 will plunge us into more debt

Jean Norfolk, by email

I agree entirely with Anne Painter’s comments (Letters, July 14) regarding the proposed HS2 railway.

Our government is borrowing billions each year just to keep us afloat, yet they clearly don’t think we are skint enough to turn down the building of HS2 which will plunge us even deeper into debt. The prime factor of course is the money involved. Not only the money this largely unwanted rail link will cost taxpayers at a time when we can ill afford it, but the money to be made by investors and contractors, and the benefits to those at lower levels with fingers in the pie.

They all preach vociferously that this rail link is needed, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. It is not needed.

Is it really worth spending billions on a rail link that will take you to London 20 minutes faster?

Those behind this mad scheme flippantly disregard the fact that many people will have their lives disrupted and lose their homes (many of them only recently built) and miles of beautiful countryside blighted by this profanity.

Nobody will believe Blair

Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

So Tony Blair continues to bleat on about how we could stay in a reformed EU.

Doesn’t he realise that every time he opens his mouth the Brexiteers cheer because nobody will ever believe anything he says after the Iraq debacle?

Pay caps and pay gaps

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

The YEP indicates that there are dangers apparent in tower block cladding in Leeds.

Huge amounts of donations to Grenfell Tower victims have failed to reach them. Brexit is going to be an absolute disaster: Davies MP has no qualifications whatsoever to negotiate a deal of any description.

If there is a fire in a Leeds tower block, the firefighters, nurses, paramedics and ambulance staff will never reach the kind of salary Hammond gets yet they’re overpaid.

Now we learn that a man who talks about football on telly gets over £1m a year.

Within the organisation that pays him, women are experiencing the kind of sexism in salary that is no longer supposed to happen in organisations.

Happy summer, folks, and don’t forget those MPs will get about four weeks more holiday than the teachers people criticise for getting five weeks’ holiday.

Trinity needs political leadership

Antony Calvert, Conservative Party candidate for Wakefield, 2017 general election

As Parliament rises for the summer recess I thought it an appropriate moment to reflect on the June 8 general election.

As the Conservative candidate for Wakefield I was honoured to have secured the confidence of almost 21,000 voters at this, my second stab at becoming my home town’s MP.

Despite putting on more than 5,000 votes in just two years, and achieving 45 per cent of the popular vote for the first time since the 1930s we just fell short of winning.

I would like to thank all who supported me during the campaign. Congratulations naturally go to Mary Creagh, though in the weeks following the election we have seen and heard little from her about the big issues she rightly campaigned on during the election.

Wakefield Trinity, for example, has been badly let down once again by Labour politicians promising to act on the Community Stadium before an election, then disappearing after.

As the MP for the oldest Rugby League club in the country, Mary needs to step up and support those fans who put her back into Parliament.

She is in a privileged position in that she can ask ministerial questions, apply for Early Day Motions to raise awareness to Trinity’s plight and be able to occupy airtime to expose wrongdoing. This is a critical time for Trinity, and now more than ever political leadership is needed.

Run to support Diabetes UK

Louise Simonian, Diabetes UK, Yorkshire and North East Regional Fundraiser

Diabetes UK is urging people who have secured a place in the Great North Run ballot to run for us and help raise much-needed funds.

Most places in the race are offered by ballot, with successful applicants then deciding which of their favourite charities will receive their support.

We want the lucky ballot winners to choose us. The money our runners raise will fund our vital work, and help us reach more of the 4.5 million people affected by the diabetes crisis. All runners who join the Diabetes UK team will receive a branded vest, with iron-on lettering to personalise it and make it your own, as well as a blue crazy wig, a fundraising pack, and tips to help with fundraising and training.

You’ll also get support along the route from our two designated cheering points, and an invitation to our post-event cooldown party, complete with massage therapists.

If you would like to run for Diabetes UK and help us realise our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm, then please contact the events fundraising team on 0345 123 2399 or email

Life After Stroke Grants

Julie MacLeod, Regional Director at the Stroke Association

As many readers will know, stroke is devastating, changing people’s lives in the blink of an eye.

The condition is a leading cause of disability, and many stroke survivors and their families’ financial situations are severely affected as a result.

At the Stroke Association, we support people to make the best possible recovery following a stroke. Our means-tested Life After Stroke Grants help stroke survivors and their families who are sometimes facing the most challenging time of their lives. Life After Stroke Grants provide a one-off payment of up to £300 to fund vital home or personal equipment, or by funding support to become active after stroke.

Our grants have been used to contribute towards items such as mobility aids, kitchen appliances or specialist aids, or household furniture.

Last year, over 1,100 people across the UK used a Life After Stroke Grant to help rebuild their lives, and we want to support as many stroke survivors as we can.

Applications for Life After Stroke Grants must be applied for via the Stroke Association, by a health or social care professional, or another charity. To find out more about applying for a Grant, call our Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100, visit or email us at