Check out today’s YEP letters.
Don’t forget less savoury actions of WWII Allies
R Kimble, Hawksworth
One of course supports VE Day remembrance activities, but I think we should remember that some Allied activities were very questionable.
This especially applies to the United States who, as we know, gave new identities to concentration camp commanders and medics (who tortured children) to make use of their knowledge in their propaganda war against the Soviet Union.
Look at how their history books wrote the role of the Soviet Army in defeating the Nazis, for example, thus enabling them to create a generation who think that the Second World War was won by America.
I saw a programme about the 333 (black) Battalion the other day.
They fought in Belgium and 11 of their men were tortured and murdered by the Nazis.
No charges were brought by American High Command – not surprising given that America was racially segregated.
A memorial only exists because of the family in Belgium who gave them some protection before the soldiers were caught.
Not much difference between their attitude, then, and those of the Nazis.
One senior Nazi was given the death sentence because of his involvement – this was commuted and the programme implied this was because he could be useful to the Americans.
Now we have the modern world and the phrase “people in glass houses” comes to mind when I think of American foreign policy.
The only party the people trust
Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire
Let me congratulate the British electorate on voting back in, with a working outright majority, the Conservative Party.
There was no other logical result after Labour’s last period in Government and the catastrophe which the Conservatives have averted, with the begrudging help of their Lib Dem partners.
They were the only party that the electorate trusted to deliver on their promises.
The fastest growing European economy, record employment figures, a promised referendum on withdrawal from Europe and reduction of Labour’s borrowing debts.
The Conservatives need to now press ahead with the following reforms:
The boundary reforms, which the Lib Dems shamefully reneged on.
Start culling the number of left-leaning Quangos,which cost millions and achieve next to nothing, apart from huge salaries for the CEOs.
Get rid of Tony Blair’s Human Rights Act and get our courts working for us and not the criminals.
Get impartialliaty back into the leftist/Marxist/shamefully biased BBC or scrap it altogether.
Introduce an Australian type points system on immigration and to hell with Brussels. Let them sue us!
Get Michael Gove back as Education Secretary and get some rigour back into school work and hopefully grammar schools, to give the poor true social mobility.
Hopefully we’ll now get the Chilcott Inquiry report published at last and maybe see Tony Blair in court.
Finally, well done the people of Outwood and Morley for getting rid of one of the most inept MPs ever to be elected to Parliament. Christmas came early!
Brits won’t vote for a leftie PM
Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet
Ed Miliband joins Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock in another of Labour’s electoral train wrecks.
The truth is people will not accept a left wing politician to be our Prime Minister.
I suspect thousands of Labour supporters held their noses and voted Tory or Ukip rather than see Miliband in Downing Street with the SNP calling the shots.
Ed Miliband is now history, but if Labour turns to yet another union-backed intellectual preaching the hackneyed gospel of student socialism, then the nightmare of 2015 will simply be repeated.
But as “Red Ed” has proved, when it comes to politics,even supposedly clever people can be astonishingly stupid.
Voters were not undecided
John Theobald, Garforth
I DON’T believe ‘millions were undecided’ until the last minute in the election.
I believe voters almost always make their minds up well before polling day.
I believe many deliberately kept their own counsel when asked their intentions, because to own up to voting Tory was to risk drawing the accusation that they were hard on the poor, indifferent to the needs of NHS, imposing hardships on the needy etc.
So those intending to vote Tory kept quiet and their heads below the parapet.
They didn’t decide last minute. They kidded all of us.
Who are the commuters?
Margaret Drummond, Far Headingley
You report that “supporters of Leeds trolleybus scheme say it would prove a boon for commuters”.
First, who are these people? And second, have they not been listening to the evidence produced at the public inquiry?
NGT themselves promote the scheme as bringing in “increased receipts from duty resulting from additional fuel consumption from additional congestion/increased highway trip lengths”.
There are many ways that the commuter experience could be improved for all users but from what came out at the inquiry the trolleybus would certainly NOT improve things.
Choruses are a credit to city
John Sutcliffe, Leeds
May I, through the pages of the YEP, express my thanks and appreciation to both the Leeds Festival Chorus and the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus for their outstanding performance at the Leeds Town Hall last Saturday night.
Along with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra their performance of the Beethoven Symphony No 9 (Choral) was out of this world, it richly deserved the prolonged applause it received.
Well done, a credit to the city.