YEP Letters: March 13

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Already living in a cashless and confusing world

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

THE news that Brighton Council is to scrap half of its coin-operated machines in favour of people using their phones to pay for car parking prompted the question in your Today’s Big Talking Point section: “Is it good that we are moving towards being a cashless society?” (YEP, March 9).

Well most of us could answer that question by saying: We are almost that already; if for different reasons.

And besides, even though there has been an explosion of phones, iPads and the like among the population, many still do not have the desire to communicate and pay that way.

And why should they when, after all, such a system will only be of real benefit to the recipients, while serving to confuse those who prefer the old, tried and familiar methods?

No Tower, just a Capitol Ballroom

Brian Pritchard, Meanwood

With reference to V Harden’s letter (YEP, March 9) regarding Leeds ballrooms, I have lived in Meanwood for most of my life and cannot remember seeing a Tower Ballroom.

However, I do remember visiting the Capitol Ballroom on most Saturday nights mixed with a visit to the now defunct Beckett’s Arms.

Immigrants are a capitalist hit

Louis Kasatkin, Wakefield

John Appleyard claims that “immigration is a working class issue” (Your Feedback, March 7). This is a non sequitur.

Immigration is merely the mechanism, in practice, of supplying a labour force surplus to actual requirements.

It inevitably reduces the local price of labour and creates and maintains a surplus army of labour which in turn reinforces the reduction in the general level of wages for decades.

Mass immigration therefore has by its own capitalist logic been and continues to be a marvellous success story. Only not for the 99 per cent of us who have been on the receiving end of this social engineering project of the EU.

Why the “left” continue to support unrestricted mass immigration and treats these additional workers as somehow especially reverent, whether from inside the EU or not, remains a mystery only they can possibly explain.

Information on the Raper family

Norman Challinor, Willenhall

CAN any Raper family descendant please help me fill a gap in my family history quest concerning Christopher and Hannah Raper, profession clothier/cloth manufacturer, who lived in the Armley or Rothwell area in the early 1800s? They had at least three daughters Susanna (born 1804), Elizabeth (1807, died 1811), Hannah (1811) and Sarah (1815). Sarah was my great-grandmother.

Sarah first married a local farmer, William King Townend (born 1814 in Whitkirk) and was widowed with four children. She then married John Challinor of Wednesbury at St Mary, Whitkirk in April 1854.

They had a further three children, Richard (1855), George (1856) and Hannah (1859), before the dual Challinor/Townend family moved permanently to Wednesbury in South Staffordshire, where yet another tragic saga regarding my grandfather George unfolded.

He was only ever referred to as “The Black Sheep”. I will leave it at that!

If anyone has any information, they can write to me at 61 Lucknow Road, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 4QQ. My telephone number is 01902 608191.

By ’eck, give the PM job to Alec

John Douglas, Edinburgh

If, as seems increasingly likely, neither the Conservatives nor Labour are able to obtain a parliamentary majority after the General Election, what better way for Alec Salmond to serve our United Kingdom in its hour of need than by accepting the post of Prime Minister?

He is the only politician of sufficient stature and wisdom to undertake the task and I feel sure that the Queen would be delighted to invite him to form a national government of real unity which would meld our nations together in the spirit of the settled will of the Scottish people as demonstrated through the referendum!

Migrants raise the welfare bill

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

No fewer than 624,000 people arrived in Britain the year ending September 2014, another city the size of Manchester planted in an already crowded nation.

At the other end, there is a rising exodus of the brightest and well educated leaving these islands.

Non-skilled migrants on low pay depend on in-work benefits and often pay no tax, one reason why the welfare bill keeps on rising.

These, along with our own low-paid workforce, all take out more than they pay in.

How can a country call itself a nation state when it cannot control its own borders and decide who should come in and who should not? We, as a generous people, have always welcomed foreigners in regulated numbers, but not on the scale we have today.

The people have had enough and still no one listens.

Testing time in a student area

David Edwards, Leeds

As a former Headingley resident, I can sympathise with J Townend’s frustration (Your Feedback, March 11) as someone who has lived there for a long time.

Unfortunately living cheek-by-jowl with students can be a testing experience – and the support from council and police was too often found wanting.

What I would say is that the local residents’ group is doing a great job trying to turn things around.

More power to their elbow.

Dismiss MPs for expenses fiddle

D Boyes, Rodley

When I was a lorry driver in the late 1960s, any driver sneaking home while claiming tax-free, overnight expenses for being away was liable to instant dismissal for obtaining money under false pretences.

Why can’t our MPs get the same treatment?