YEP Letters: March 18

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Mad moment on the motorway could cost lives

Paul Thompson, Scarcroft

Following correspondence from Ivan Kovacs regarding selfish motorists crossing the white line on to a motorway, Gary Heaton quotes the Highway Code regarding matching the speed of the main traffic flow (Your Feedback, March 16).

This works very well with reasonable traffic flow levels. However, in busy conditions when traffic is travelling at an average of 60mph and spacing is tight, with a vehicle tailgating you, and a solid traffic line in the outside lane, the joining slip road motorist (Highway Code in his pocket) forces his way into the stream!

You’re trapped, but where can you go? You cannot move across into the outer lane without causing chaos there too.

You have to brake sharply along with those following 

This situation has all the potential of a major accident.

The joining motorist should hold back until a suitable safe gap comes along.

This is not only unselfish, but possibly life-saving, courteous driving, which is also in the Highway Code.

Ring road bullies should give way

Alan Baines, Leeds

Gary Heaton quotes the Highway Code and accuses Ivan Kovacs of being selfish by not letting others on to the motorway.

It would appear that Mr Heaton has never driven 
west-bound on the Inner Ring Road at busy times.

I have lost count of the number of occasions where drivers enter this stretch of road, from the slip roads, at considerable speed and ‘bully’ their way on to the motorway.

This is regardless of whether or not there is space to ‘fit safely into the flow’ – in direct contravention of the above passage from the Highway Code.

In my considerable experience of this road, it is more often than not the drivers joining the motorway that lack courtesy.

On a more constructive note, would it not help if ‘Give Way’ signs were put in place on the slip roads?

Cameron spree with our money

Terry Watson, Adel

I THOUGHT the Government’s main priority when they took over from the worst Labour Government ever was to reduce the deficit left by the worst chancellor in history, Gordon Brown.

Overseas Aid should have been cut immediately. When the coalition took office , the taxpayers were paying £8.5bn, which has soared to £12bn today.

The Department for International Trade is already awash with money, and had to spend £3.7bn in just eight weeks. Overseas aid could be halved if all the money was accounted for.

Forty per cent of it goes to the EU, with no audit trail whatsoever.

Our esteemed politicians see it differently, however, and passed the most stupid piece of legislation.

It enshrines in law that 0.7 per cent of our gross domestic income will be given away to other countries while swingeing cuts are made to all our services.

We now have the smallest army since Napoleon.

If Argentina decides to invade the Falklands again, we could not successfully defend them.

A recent poll found that only 11 per cent of voters want this spending to keep rising, while more than half want it reducing – including two-thirds of the Conservative party.

Margaret Thatcher ran the economy like a thrifty housewife, if we couldn’t afford it, we didn’t get it.

Cameron throws money around like a lottery winner on happy pills.

Helpful council second to none

John Theobald, Garforth

We are moving to live in Whitby at the back end of the summer and I sought advice with regard to Leeds council tax, channelling my query through Coun Mark Dobson.

I received an instant copy of Mark’s request to Council Tax Manager Neil Jameson and two days later a full answer to my query from Neil.

As I reflected on the latest example of Leeds City Council staff’s helpfulness, I marvelled at the speed with which my communications with the council are answered.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s getting my bins emptied, road names re-painted or replaced, bad potholes filled or queries on this that and the other.

Leeds City Council are second to no one when it comes to answering routine matters from citizens.

In penning praise like this there is always a danger that others will list plenty of negatives. I suspect not. And hope not.

I hope Scarborough Council deal with matters as well as Leeds.

Search for an old bricklayer

Ernest Tate, West Park

ON a recent trip to the city centre I stood watching the demolition of a building I worked on as a bricklayer.

I helped with the original brick work on the Leeds Beckett building just off Calverley Street around 

I worked on the building for about one year.

My foreman was Arthur Fielding.

It does make you feel old when you see them pulling your work down in your lifetime, especially after seeing the photograph you printed of it being built in your recent article (Times Past, March 7).

Time goes by, not always for the best, but I won’t linger on that I would just like to know if the lad I was working with is still living and well.

He emigrated to New Zealand soon after we had finished on the build, I can’t be sure but I think his name was Stimpson.

Carers deserve a proper wage

Naomi McDermott, Sheepscar

DO other readers think that the government, past and present, have ignored the needs of carers?

We are considered to be working yet don’t get paid a proper wage which would be better as then we could pay 
tax and we would feel more valued.

Before you can claim carers’ allowance, you have to be doing the minimum of 35 hours, but most do more than people think.

I would like to know what other readers/carers think.