YEP Letters: March 21

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Corruption and hypocrisy of the Establishment

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

The Tory Party Chairman (shouldn’t that be Chairperson?) Grant Shapps is caught out apparently lying about a second job.

This is the issue Cameron refused to directly answer questions about in PMQs recently.

Another probe into police corruption in the upper echelons regarding child sexual abuse is opened, but investigated by the profession itself (under the supervision of the IPCC).

On two occasions people very close to the Tory Party have been appointed chairs of another investigation.

We have seen again this week the specious nature of “celebrity” culture, as people get worked up over some rather pointless presenter.

This is the same celebrity culture that protected the likes of Savile in tandem with those same upper echelons, allegedly including politicians.

Cameron blatantly avoids answering questions at PMQs and actually turns his back on people who do challenge him, including Miliband.

This is the class that supposedly shines a beacon for the rest of us plebs to follow.

The Establishment that John Major claimed no longer exists clearly does. Don’t get me started on what they are secretly doing to the NHS.

The Tory Party is the party of these people, the upper classes, and don’t they all stink of corruption, hypocrisy, mendacity and cruelty?

Crash drivers must be banned

M Burbage-Atter, Rothwell

ONCE again there have been many reports in the YEP of road accidents.

In reality road accidents should not occur provided each and every driver drives with due consideration for all the other road users, thus no breaking the law, speeding etc.

If only the law enforcers in our courts would apply sensible penalties then there would be no need to fill our courts daily with relatively trivial misdemeanours.

As a starter, why not bring in a mandatory loss of the driving licence for three months for the drivers in any accident?

If this was implemented we have courts who can sort out the problems of drivers who insist the accident was the other driver’s fault.

Of course this would also give rise to larger numbers of drivers without a valid licence so we would probably need more prisons to house the offenders, still with time our roads would become safer.

After all, our already overcrowded roads will before long be congested all the time.

Support our Purple Day

Helen Stevens, Epilepsy Association

Purple Day, the international epilepsy awareness raising day, is fast approaching and the Epilepsy Society is hoping local people will back this special day.

Epilepsy is often a ‘hidden’ condition, but in the UK it affects one in every 100 people. This year on Purple Day, Thursday March 26, people will wear purple ribbons to show support for everyone living with epilepsy.

Purple themed events, such as purple cake bake coffee mornings and purple school mufti days, are also being planned to raise money and awareness of the condition.

Anyone wanting to buy a purple ribbon or get involved in Purple Day can visit epilepsysociety.org.uk/purpleday or call 01494 601414 for more information.

Cameron’s unfit to govern

Robert Reynolds, Batley

IF you believe the right wing press, Ed Miliband will be a failure as PM. Yet let’s look at David Cameron’s record.

His involvement in foreign affairs has been catastrophic. On the NHS he promised no top down restructures, then allowed exactly that. Challenged on his promise, he replied: “This is a bottom up restructure, not a top down one.” More privatisations followed.

Despite a funding freeze, Cameron tells us he will improve education. How, when many class sizes have 40 students?

Despite his privileged education, Mr Cameron has shown himself to be unfit to govern.

Proud of my past struggles

Colin Bell-Proctor, Cookridge

I WAS born in the 1930s when men were men and women were proud of it.

My main meal was corned beef hash (corned beef, onions and water made into a soup).

I had porridge for breakfast and dripping or jam, Fussells condensed milk and bread for my tea.

I weighed five stone when I was 14 years of age. I was just a bag of bones.

I used to go round bins looking for food and go on the tip to try to get copper to sell to the local scrap merchant.

I went on coal tips to try and get bits of coal. I went ‘tater scratting’, pea pulling and wheat stacking. I ate crab apples, blackberries and potatoes we pinched off the local farmer.

At Christmas I got an apple and an orange in a stocking. My grandmother darned my socks all the time. I put cardboard in my shoes.

Everybody left their doors open because there was nothing to pinch.

Just living day to day was a struggle but I am proud to have experienced it.

Don’t let foreign criminals stay

Roger Watkinson, Halton

HOW stupid is the human rights law and also our British judges?

A Croatian man shoots his wife 14 times and a judge in Britain refuses to deport him as he has human rights on his side.

We need to get rid of these silly laws. We should not have to put up with these criminals from abroad but we won’t or cannot deport them.

And in many cases, these criminals will be taking money from our country, money that the taxpayers have contributed.

Statue isn’t art, it’s a memorial

C Wilkinson, Roundhay

Martin Wainwright and Kevin Grady insist the Arthur Aaron statue will stay put because the Eastgate area is being developed and it will act as a centrepiece (YEP, March 17).

Yet it will still be marooned on a roundabout and anyway, it’s not ‘art’, it’s a memorial!