YEP Letters: March 7

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Foreign threat is not caused by immigrants

John Appleyard, Liversedge

WhilE people of a right wing persuasion constantly harp on about immigration, there is one group of people they conveniently overlook.

From former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to current Chancellor George Osborne, the Tories have been selling off our family silver.

The Government has just sold off our stake in cross Channel rail giant Eurostar to a Canadian-led consortium.

The vast majority of our railways are now being run from France, Germany and the Netherlands, where they plough their profits into making their own countries’ transport systems better.

Most of our car industry is owned by overseas companies, this also applies to our water companies and our football clubs.

Immigration is a class issue which is used to scapegoat migrants for the economic failures of our own governments.

They speak in terms of statistics and have no compassion for human 
beings.

This Government does not care about the refugees fleeing poverty from war-torn countries in unsafe boats, thousands of them dying at sea, as a result of western imperialism.

But if you’re wealthy and want to buy our industry, it’s no problem.

I’m fed up with Labour-bashers

C Mattison, Hunslet

BEING A YEP reader on a regular basis, I am tired of reading letters from Malcolm Nicholson and others about the Labour government. I get it – they support the Conservatives.

But I am sick to death of this moaning about Labour and their leaders. Being an ex-miner’s daughter, Mr Nicholson’s leader Mrs Thatcher didn’t do much for these people.

So Mr Nicholson, belt up! Give other people a chance to air their opinions. Better still give you, Mr Shedlow, K and D Ingle and N Keer a page to yourselves. But, of course, everyone would stop buying the YEP.

Wheelie hard to avoid the bins

Richard Williams, Roundhay

ALTHOUGH they come in for a fair amount of criticism at times, I think binmen in Leeds do a pretty decent job,

However, they do have one habit that has really started to annoy me. At least in this area of the city, anyway.

When I walk my children to nursery in the morning we find ourselves having to dodge wheelie bins that have been 
left in the middle of the pavement after they have been emptied.

Sometimes the children go on their scooters and it becomes like a slalom course.

It must be even more difficult for the elderly, wheelchair users or those with sight problems.

Surely it wouldn’t take too much for the refuse collection teams to just wheel the bins back where they were once they’ve been emptied?

The problem is made worse, of course, by the fact that many homeowners have left for work by the time the bins are collected so aren’t able to wheel them out of the way until the evening.

Most people I know take the trouble to ensure their bins are left with the handles pointing outwards to make life easier for the binmen.

It would be nice if this goodwill went the other way as well.

Surely it’s not too much to ask?

City fathers’ war on drivers

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

It is an indisputable fact that Leeds has become the most motorist unfriendly city in the North.

Not only is the road system totally inadequate for a city vying to be a Capital of Culture, but the road planners have done their best to make driving conditions as difficult as possible, as revealed by the number of drivers prosecuted for ‘straying’ into bus lanes.

Furthermore, anyone contesting or attempting to mitigate responsibility and failing is fined double. If this isn’t blackmail of a corporate kind, then what is?

A recent comment by Councillor Richard Lewis defied logic when he said “Motorists deliberately use bus lanes as a means of traffic avoidance on a daily basis”.

The main reason for the tremendous number of prosecutions can be put down in part to the confusion created by the Loop system, especially for those new to the city centre, or those unaccustomed to the recent changes.

A situation in which long time familiarity works against those with prior long experience of driving in and around Leeds.

Meanwhile shoppers are staying away. Traders are tearing their hair out.

And one can only wonder why, when so many new shopping centres are being built, the city fathers seem intent on keeping them away.

Why I won’t need a bus pass

Nick Palin, Garforth

Can I reply to Margaret Anderson’s response to my letter (Your Feedback, February 20), claiming that the younger elderly had never had it so good?

It may surprise Margaret to learn that I am just turned 60 myself and am eternally grateful for the opportunities that were offered to me, which I would suggest were much greater than those of today – especially in terms of social mobility.

Then, the main criteria in providing public services was the need of the consumer; now it is the cost of providing them.

I was brought up on a council estate with my father the sole wage earner but thanks to successive governments, of both political hues, and a strong trade union movement I had a very positive start to both childhood and adulthood.

As I was growing up, the poor were getting richer; now it’s the rich that are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

Many of those of working age are on zero hours contracts and other spurious means that employers use to negate their responsibilities in terms of holiday and sick pay plus pension contributions.

The elderly poor are subject to a continuing decline in social care, with the resulting horror stories one hears about.

Whilst I appreciate that there continue to be poor pensioners, there are many who can afford to pay for bus fares.

Surely that cannot be right when there are others who are precluded from travelling because of the cost of bus travel?

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