YEP Letters: March 16

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Give Yorkshire its own debate on devolution

Richard Carter, leader, Yorkshire First Party

Scottish broadcaster STV has now confirmed a live TV debate with the leaders of the main political parties in Scotland before the general election in May.

It is the first of what is expected to be several televised debates.

There is no doubt that devolution is on the agenda for Yorkshire.

All three main parties seem to be heading down the city region path while we in Yorkshire First think an accountable parliament for the whole of Yorkshire best serves all the people’s needs.

Whatever preference, it makes sense that these issues are properly debated in Yorkshire in the same way as they will be in Scotland. That’s why we have called for a specific Yorkshire debate amongst the parties.

Such a debate should give members of the audience the opportunity to put their questions to the parties.

The BBC has already dipped its toe in the water with a panel discussion on devolution in November last year and both BBC and ITV have a strong history of regional political broadcasting.

Frankly if it is good enough for Scotland then it is good enough for Yorkshire.

Changing the city’s motto

D Boyes, Leeds

I AGREE with Kevin Wilson’s call for a change to the Leeds motto of ‘Pro rege et lege’, meaning ‘For King and the law’ (Your Feedback, March 10).

This year it’s 900 years since Magna Carta which gave us ‘justice’, and instead of living under an autocratic monarchy we now have a constitutional one where the sovereign is head of state but the executive is elected by the will of the majority of the people.

So why not bring Leeds’s motto up to date by changing it to: Pro civitas popularis et iustitia. That is, ‘For democracy and justice’.

In that way, there would be no loss of respect for the monarchy, yet two of the most important principles guiding our lives today would be recognised.

Jewish people are a UK asset

Malcolm Shedlow, Moortown

I WOULD like to thank Colin Proctor for his article in support of British Jews (Your Feedback, March 12).

His opinion that Jewish people have contributed a great deal to the economy of this country is not only true but shows in print to your readers what an asset they have been since fleeing from oppression many years ago.

As one letter writer in a Jewish newspaper wrote, and I quote, “we are British first and Jewish is our religion”.

Goodwill over royal visit

MalcolmNicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Has anyone ever wondered why this country has still got a monarchy?

The incalculable goodwill that Prince William created in Japan by visiting the Tohoku area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will last for a lifetime.

You couldn’t get that with some slimy republican politician in a cheap suit.

Driven to distraction

Bob Nicol, Kirkstall

Young children are too precious to be used as political pawns in our politician’s end game, to drive motorists off our roads.

I don’t want to spoil children’s fun, but I do want them to grow old enough to see the dangers first.

The loonies claim it is to get people fit, so why are they closing sports halls, swimming pools and golf courses?

Soon we will have the chance to show what we think of their lack of parking spaces, their parking charges sneakily placed cameras, their car-destroying humps, their empty bus lanes.

What they don’t want car drivers to know is while they are purposefully holding you up, you are being poisoned by nitrogen oxides from their buses, and the second most at-risk group are bus passengers.

Consider this – excluding buying and running costs, the yearly tax from fuel, road tax, tax on insurance is £2,275.

Using the same formula for a bicycle there is nothing, so I am allowing tax on a puncture repair kit. We would need 11,375 bicycles to make up for the tax loss of just one car.

Anger over expenses

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

AS a former HGV driver, I can confirm D Boyes (Your Feedback, 13 March) is right about the stance taken by employers toward those found to be ‘fiddling’ out of town expenses, when in fact they were elsewhere.

Three of our drivers, having travelled home, were returning to a place where they had parked overnight and claimed expenses.

The roof of the double decker bus taking them to their vehicles crashed into the stonework of a low bridge near Methley.

The three, fortunately only slightly injured, drivers had to hurriedly drag themselves 
away from the scene to avoid being named in the ensuing mayhem.

As for MPs, the public at large is now convinced they believe they are a special breed; shown by a never ending succession of indiscretions, with little or no come back.

One wonders why they are able to transgress with such impunity.

The answer can only be that they truly believe they have a special status among ordinary people.

There is little doubt they have; but not in ways acceptable to the public.

Be considerate leaving bins

Richard Williams, Roundhay

I WROTE in recently (Your Feedback, March 7) appealing to the city’s refuse collectors to think of others by not leaving wheelie bins in the middle of pavements after emptying them.

Sadly my plea has fallen on deaf ears.

Only this morning I had to push a wheelie bin from the middle of the pavement to the side in order to make life slightly easier for the blind man walking behind me.

I appreciate that our 
binmen want to get their rounds done quickly and are under orders to do so, but a 
bit more consideration is required.