YEP Letters: June 10

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Help for Parkinson’s sufferers

Phil McShane, Leeds

The Leeds and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK joins many in expressing our sympathy to the family and friends of Mohammad Ali on the occasion of his death.

Like more than 100,000 people in the UK, Ali suffered from Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder which affects movement and other functions.

Parkinson’s UK works to find a cure for the disease and to support people with it.

The Leeds Branch provides support to people in the Leeds area.

We cannot change what happened

D S Boyes, Leeds

I have never known such emotion expressed on the letters page as over ‘Enquiries’ into one thing or another, eg, Hillsborough, Orgreave, Bloody Sunday, Deepcut Barracks etc – but at the end of the day, what do they achieve other making millionaires out of the greedy lawyers who profit from them?

Of course those who have lost loved ones, or felt unjustly prosecuted would like some ‘closure’ over those far off events, but what’s done is done and no-one can turn the clock back!

In almost every case, the senior Police Chiefs and Politicians responsible are either dead or long since retired, ie, untouchable.

On the miners in particular, of course there was a diabolical plan made to punish the miners over Arthur Scargill’s defeat of Ted Heath’s government in 1974 – with coal stockpiled, hauliers lined up to move it and carte blanche given to the CEGB, as was, to burn unlimited amounts of fuel oil or gas to keep the lights on and industry’s wheels turning. But behind the hysteria, does anyone really believe that if only the miners had ‘won’ the 1984 dispute that most pits would still be working today? Of course not, coal, like any other major industries and their workforces became obsolete anyway.

Decline of heavy industry, promotion of renewable sources of energy, carbon reduction and not least of all New Labour’s Climate Change Legislation would have shut mines down regardless as there would have been no market for coal, or what limited demand left would have been filled as it is pro tem by cheap imports.

As a driver in the late 1960s, our main traffic was coal, coke and associated products, but today all the places I used to load at or deliver to have gone. Like it or not, that’s the reality, it’s called ‘progress’

Timing leaves me wondering

R Kimble, Hawksworth

We have known for some time that the EU Referendum would take place on 23 June.

The Chilcot Report is to be published (finally) on 06 July. Leave or stay, the outcome of the referendum will still overshadow this Report, especially if we exit and sudden social change takes place.

Given the political machinations and stories “leaked” in advance, for example, that Campbell will get off lightly, one can’t help but wonder if as much “dodgy dealing” has taken place with regard to its publication date .

Why the young will vote remain

June Warner, Holly Cottage, Kirk Deighton,

There are a number of reasons why it may be the case that younger people will vote remain.

1) EU propaganda enters all secondary schools in large amounts - frequently consisting of expensive literature at taxpayers’ expense.

2) Certain ‘A’ level courses are heavily skewed in favour of EU membership.

3) Many young people do not seem to grasp that there was a time before we were members.

4) Some people can be rather narrow and follow only what they know. Tragically, serious thought seems to be at a premium. In my experience, holding in depth conversations with younger people has never been more difficult. This really is ‘the sound-bite generation’.

5) Parts of our nation seem to have lost a sense of self-belief.

6) Being a member of a gang has long been a feature of youth culture.

7) In fact, no voter under 59 ( the young at heart?) can remember being influenced by the lies told in 1975 to cajole us into remaining part of the Common Market.

Better deal to get back in to EU

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

Amid all the pro’s and con’s about the E U, I just have one thought.

Perhaps we should remember, if we do leave, and everybody really want us to stay in, then surely we would then be in a perfect position to negotiate a re-entry.

This time we could make sure that we do have more say in what happens in this beautiful country of ours, and how money is spent.

Could be a win-win.

After all, we went through wars to keep our sovereignty. Whatever happens, let’s not give it away lightly.

Your letters will help animals

Brian Clark, ‘Animal Welfare’, Flat No.9, Springs Rise, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 1HH

Would all kind readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post please send me any unwanted new and used stamps, also old picture postcards, to assist my work for the RSPCA.

A letter of authorisation from the RSPCA can be sent if requested. I would be most grateful for any help given.

They did not give Farage chance

Derek Barker, Moortown

I watched the EU live debate on ITV only to be disgusted at the way that some of the pro EU questioners were allowed to try and brow beat Nigel Farage by not giving him a chance to get a word in edgeways to respond to their questions, while the anti EU questioners had the decency to remain quiet while Mr Cameron responded to their questions.

I was also amazed at the attitude of one particular person who put a question to Mr Farage on immigration, who simply would not allow him to explain that an Australian immigration style points system was already applied in this country to people on the outside of the EU who wanted to come into this country to live and work.

It is clear to me that the audience, which was no doubt an invited audience, and therefore had been previously selected by the programme makers, did not represent a genuine cross section of society because the opinion of the audience was roughly equally divided as the opinion poll results would so far suggest.

I personally don’t know more than three people who say that they are voting to remain, and this includes all walks of life from bin men to pub landlords to NHS medical staff, and the majority of those I know who like myself will be voting brexit.

It is clear to me that the vast overwhelming majority of the people who I personally know are in favour of brexit, and I get the distinct feeling that the television media and the pollsters are trying to create the impression that it is a very close run contest, because the majority of those who I know are expecting the referendum to be rigged in favour of the remain campaign.

Revive park’s cycle events

John Wilson Hartley, Leeds

IN a letter to the YEP last year I suggested a way of boosting the interest in cycling after the euphoria surrounding the Grand Depart and Tour de Yorkshire by putting money into and reviving the Monday evening West Riding Track League cycle race evenings held on Monday evenings (May to August) on Roundhay park arena.

I and many hundreds attended these events back in the ‘50s and’60s.

My cousin Les Wilson was the Number One favourite and Yorkshire mile record holder in those days when I attended.

I understand these meetings are still going, but so far the only developments locally cycle-related are the ridiculous Seacroft to Bradford cycle way and a knighthood for Gary Verity!