YEP Letters: June 15

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Austerity measures are a ‘reality check’ D Boyes, Rodley

YOU HAVE to laugh as people queue up to denounce the ‘austerity’ measures that both the previous coalition and new Tory majority government have had to, and are still forced to take.

Anyone would think these were some sort of ‘punishment’ regime to discipline the workers, instead of the ‘reality check’ that they really are.

No household budget could ever stand infinite spending on food, drink, Christmas gifts, holidays, petrol etc when set against a finite income unless they took out very large loans.

That is what ‘New’ Labour did with its unlimited welfare benefits and housing benefit for non-working asylum seekers allowed to set up home (in some cases even in expensive central London).

Or supporting the idle and feckless with multitudes of children no one else could afford from earnings.

As Lord Digby Jones said: “Where do they think the money comes from” other than taxes levied on real earnings or business profits?

Although never a Conservative voter, I now believe that when the people of this country woke up to the damage Labour has done, the majority rightly put their trust in Mr Cameron instead.

Not coming to UK for handouts

Rev Robin Paterson, Crossgates

Jack Banner of Meanwood (YEP, June 9) is to be congratulated on his succinct letter writing.

He manages to attack the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE), the Polish community, and all those less fortunate than himself who are trying to find work and a safe home.

He uses the case of the little boy suffering from Morquio Syndrome to add weight to his cynical generalisations.

Does he really believe that people from the Middle East and North Africa will leave home and family, give up their jobs and communities where they grew up and put themselves in the hands of racketeers to come here at extortionate cost via life threatening routes just to gain a government handout?

I am familiar with benefits, some of my relations claim them and I have worked with people who claim them whilst working, and they are UK citizens.

So come on Mr Banner, produce for me one person who has left the comforts of hearth and home to come to the UK, solely for a weekly pay out.

There must be other reasons so perhaps you could familiarise yourself with the conditions our guests have left behind and learn the maxim, “there but for the grace of God go I”.

He is right about one thing though; our political masters are sleepwalking towards a tsunami of social chaos while they fiddle with other issues.

Lack of respect at concert

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

I NEVER cease to be bewildered by the lack of social respect people show today.

I lived in London for many years and it’s the norm there, but I expected better here in Yorkshire. My wife and I were fortunate to be in the audience for the recent Bryan Ferry concert in Harrogate.

A couple arrived late and talked loudly all the way through the very capable support act, which included some truly legendary musicians

Russ Kunkel, the drummer, for example, has worked with James Taylor, Neil Young, Carole King and Bob Dylan.

The latest X Factor here today, forgotten tomorrow wannabe doesn’t deserve to stand in his shadow.

What disrespect for the musicians and people sitting around them.

The woman next to me kept glancing at her mobile phone, likewise the woman in the row in front.

Can they not live without checking text messages for a couple of hours?

Don’t take photographs was the instruction as we entered the auditorium: did anybody take any notice? Of course not.

I can’t imagine how annoying it must be to have flashes going off in your face every few seconds from mobiles held by people who have moved to the front of the stage when you’re trying to concentrate on your act.

Put off by Marco’s look

Jack Banner, Meanwood

You report that Marco Pierre White is to open a restaurant in the “Arena Quarter” (YEP, June 9).

We eat out regularly, but would never choose a restaurant where the chef has the appearance of someone who sleeps rough in shop doorways.

Labour seizing Tory manifesto

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

It is simply astonishing that the Labour Party, after suffering such a humiliating defeat at the polls, is taking up the Conservative manifesto faster than the Tories.

It now wants, it seems, an EU referendum, it wants to be ‘business friendly’, it is keen on curbing immigration and, all of a sudden, it is supposedly in favour of reducing the amount of money workless families can claim in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000.

From being vehemently opposed to each and every one of those policies just over four weeks ago, this sickening pretence is being played out with just one aim in mind: to win support.

I doubt if there is anything they wouldn’t do or say to court popularity between now and the next election.

But to effectively grasp the Conservative manifesto and try to pass it off as if it was their own is pathetic.

Instead of trying to persuade us of the benefits of socialism, they are turning to anything that they believe will make them electable.

We’ve seen this before, of course and it really does smack of desperation. Quite sad really.

£4 was too much for a school trip

John Appleyard, Liversedge

I TOTALLY agree with the YEP comment regarding school trips to the Caribbean for pupils at Horsforth School (YEP, June 10).

The cost to parents of £1,650 per child is out of the range of most families’ pockets and as you rightly say creates division between those who can afford it and those that cannot.

But how times change!

When I was a schoolboy in Leeds I had to miss out on a trip to the Manchester Ship Canal because my parents couldn’t afford the £4 for my day out.