YEP Letters: March 9

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PM is running scared of proper debate

From: Derek Barker, Moortown

David Cameron is now insisting that any TV debate between himself and other political parties must include at least six other party leaders.

That would make seven political parties taking part in the one debate that he is willing to take part in.

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of running scared and rightly so. How blatantly devious can anyone be to openly insist on diluting the quality of the debate by having so many people taking part that no one individual will have enough time to give a comprehensive answer to any question that is asked within the programming schedule?

This is clearly a ploy to prevent any such debate from taking place or to ensure that if it does that the number of questions being asked are limited to no more than two or three in the time available.

It also means that the nature of the questions will be so diverse due to the differing priorities of the political parties taking part that the ones asked will not address the issues that affect the mainstream voting public

David Cameron has failed as a politician because he has failed to fool most of the people most of the time.

Science careers guidance needed

From: John Morris, Leeds

In reply to the recent news report regarding the imbalance of girls choosing science and technological careers, the research conclusions are not new.

A large number of schools have embraced the STEM (Science, Technology and Mathematics) philosophy, but whilst the choice of subjects made at different transitional points remains in the ownership of the young person, the key factor is professional, informed guidance given at the appropriate stages in a young person’s education.

It should be delivered by professionally trained personnel in an unbiased way, reinforced by relevant labour market intelligence and the differing progression pathways to university choice, apprenticeships and vocational courses.

Any subject/course choice should also reflect possible career paths at a later stage. Good examples of careers for non-science subject entrants are engineering and medicine.

Heads of all institutions should give priority to strong careers guidance systems so the necessary encouragement and motivation is given to all boys and girls.

Still peddling climate myths

From: Bob Nicol, Kirkstall

There are those who believe in global warming and fairies, and those who require scientific proof.

Whether you believe it’s all a con so that the World Bank 
can trade in carbon credits or not, Terry Watson (Your Feedback, March 4) is right – 
Al Gore as their front man stands to become very wealthy.

I had to laugh when I heard the methane factory that is ‘Two Jags’ Prescott wants to be the UK’s front man.

Whether scientists who said there was no evidence for man made change were left off the report that led to the Kyoto agreement or not, no politicians here or around the world will pass up the chance 
of an excuse to put up taxes.

The problem in Yorkshire is that the loony left hub of incompetence are using these myths to drive us from being 
an industrial competitor into 
a Third World backwater, where we all ride around on bicycles and rely on them for welfare.

All my life we have swung back and forth from the two main parties in a downward spiral. Don’t play their game any more, this time vote for anyone that isn’t either of them, it’s the only way that we will get real change.

More respect for savers

From: Graham Branston, Rawdon

recent analysis by the reputable financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown has shown that over the past six years savers in general have lost out by an estimated massive £130bn – or around £5,000 for each UK household.

At this time of year we receive the annual accounts for building societies etc.

It is insulting to loyal savers when you look at the net 
profits and massive payments to executive and non-
executive directors on the 
one hand and the pathetic interest paid to savers on the other.

When you challenge them as I have, they generally refer to the ‘market’ and interest rates of other financial organisations, never mind their profits and massive assets.

Building societies talk about mutuality, ‘building futures together’ as one puts it, but there is no explanation as to why a significant slice of their huge profits cannot be used to improve interest paid to loyal savers.

Many pensioners need to augment meagre state pensions by drawing on life long savings; don’t they deserve more ‘mutual’ respect?

Fond memories of ballrooms

From: V Harden, Hunslet

Peters’ letter (Your Feedback, February 16), I too have fond memories of the ballrooms in Leeds.

He mentions a trio at The Majestic, I think that might be Dave Dalmout. I also went to the Mecca on a lunchtime when I worked in Leeds.

The Astoria was mainly for works dinner and dances. He also talks of the Tower in Meanwood.

I don’t remember that one but I do remember the Capital at Meanwood.

That is where I met my late husband in the 1950s. It was a lovely ballroom and the music was supplied by Jack Dan and his band.

Happy memories. I wish these dance halls were still here today.

By the way, my husband and 
I were still dancing up to 

Happy days in football team

From: Brian Passmore, Filey

REGARDING the recent mentions of former DJ Simon Peters, I used to play football once upon a time with Simon.

We played for the Phonograph, which was the first discotheque in Yorkshire, below the Merrion Centre. He was very keen.

We used to train at Soldiers Field and on our nights out we used to go to the Bingley Arms at Bardsey.