YEP Letters: June 12

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Let’s reward workers with decent wages

Alex Gillies, Killingbeck

Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB union, reports that local economies will lose £6.8bn a year if the Government goes ahead and cuts tax credits.

He was speaking at the GMB annual conference in Dublin. It would have helped the local economy if they had held their conference in the UK instead of Ireland.

In my day there was no such thing as tax credits, if a company cannot afford to pay a living wage to their employees they should not be in business.

The coal and steel industry was destroyed because statistically they were losing a million pounds a week.

But statistics did not take into the equation how much money was generated in the local economy by the employment of thousands of tradesmen and women.

Hypocrisy is in abundance in the workplace if a full time employee has to receive tax credits to make ends meet.

Welfare is being cut to a maximum of £23,000 a year going into a household. Are they having a laugh at the expence of a full time employee, who would give his eye teeth to take that amount home?

Let’s reward the workers with decent wages and not keep harping on about the poor on welfare, who never need an alarm clock or umbrella and other forms of clothing to keep out the cold, wet miserable journeys to their workplace.

Cameron too dictatorial

Derek Barker, Moortown

So David Cameron is threatening to sack any Tory MP who doesn’t support his stance on our country remaining in the EU when he holds the in-out EU referendum.

He has the typical mentality of the vast majority of company bosses of “do as I say or sign on the dole”.

But I wonder how many east Europeans he has lined up waiting to take the place of any MPs he sacks to work for subsistence wages if his backbenchers defy him.

Somehow I don’t think he can carry out his threats as easily as a typical employer.

To my mind his mentality highlights the need for this country to leave the EU because his dictatorial attitude epitomises the elitist attitude of the vast majority of employers.

This is because they know that if the workers of this country show any signs of dissent they can be replaced with cheap labour flooding in from Europe. Mr Cameron is a great recruitment sergeant for the “out” campaign so please keep it up Dave.

Trying to get traffic flowing

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

I WAS interested to read Councillor Sandy Lay’s opinion on the decision to return to two-way traffic to Otley town centre (YEP, June 8).

In this, Councillor Lay welcomes the fact that the Highways department has listened to the “demands” of himself and local people to change the one way system in Otley.

Councillor Lay has been good enough to explain his actions in much more detail, in a blog post dated December 5, 2014.

In this he explains why local members agreed with the alterations to the one way system and lobbied for changes to the flow of traffic on Charles Street and Walkergate.

I hope this shows that ward members were actively engaged in this scheme throughout and were seeking, like the rest of us, to come to the right conclusion on a difficult issue.

Of course traffic flowing through any town centre is difficult to get right, but I do not feel it is fair to point responsibility at officers in Highways solely for schemes either actively requested or agreed by members.

As Councillor Lay says in his blog post “hindsight is indeed 20/20 vision”.

Drink and drugs are no excuse

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

How often do we read or hear of defence lawyers attempting to excuse their clients for misdemeanours on the grounds they were in drink or on drugs; as if such was the absolute raison d’etre, and not really their own fault?

In most cases it is patently obvious that the fault for one’s condition is self-inflicted.

The time is long overdue when other reasons for mitigation were sought.

When the public at large has to suffer the consequences of the actions of drunks and drug-takers, no matter what, is it any wonder they become sickened, angry and frustrated by such weak-kneed, nonsensical excuses?

Embracing aspiration?

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

I CONGRATULATE D MacFadyen (Your Feedback, May 28) on his cleverly worded reply to my broadside against the Leftie rent-a-crowd lynch mob.

But his well crafted ‘smoke-screen’ soon revealed the ‘nasty’ side of his thinking – proving my point exactly.

His sneer at ‘shy Tories... wilfully prepared to inflict suffering, even ‘death’ on others for personal gain’ is utterly contemptible, beholden to a neo-Marxist mindset.

However, enough of swatting aside juvenile politicising, what about Labour’s overnight U-turn in defeat, suddenly taking on board most of the Tory manifesto, contrasting sharply with the anti-business, anti-welfare reform, anti capitalist ‘predator’ rhetoric we saw pre-election?

Labour, actually embracing aspiration? Can we believe it? Seen as the party of the benefit class, the bloated public sector, and mass immigration, surely they have a mountain to climb to convince middle England.

It’s pathetic to regain power at any price. Labour remain forever hypocritical ‘champagne socialists’, economically illiterate, squandering money we haven’t earned and engaging class war.

As the saying goes, 
leopards can never change their spots.

Pair were great credit to Hunslet

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Keith Waterhouse, as you say, was born in Hunslet moved to Middleton then went to live on the Halton Moor estate which had just been built.

His great friend Willis Hall lived in Addington Street off Dewsbury Road just a few streets from myself.

As you will already know Keith and Willis worked for the Yorkshire Evening Post 
and were a great credit to Hunslet.