YEP Letters: May 2

Have your say

KEVIN RICHIE (YEP, April 12) makes the right distinction between asylum and immigration, but there is a downside to the latter. The migration of the poor to rich countries is the most toxic issue of our age.

But it is not just about the poor. Aware of the richer life elsewhere, many of the best educated are also desperate to seek this better life too, which begs the question - what effects has this exodus on those ‘left behind’.

The loss of the skilled from poor countries retards their development. The transfer of ‘fairy godmothers’ from the poor to the rich, is nice for the fairy godmothers, and more than enhances the already rich host nations, which is not social justice, but ‘colonialism’ in reverse.

This brain drain to wealthy countries is educationally financed initially by poor nations, at no extra cost on the host nation - extortion by another name. Imperialism in reverse.

Helping poor countries does not imply open borders for those seeking a better life. The host nation has sole right over the rights of immigrants. Indeed, those who advocate free movement would be the first to oppose the right of the rich to move to poor countries, because of the stench of ‘colonialism’.

Poaching the brightest by the rich from the poor, leaves poor nations the loser, and then the ‘pull factor’ on the ‘left behinds’ will accelerate a further exodus beyond the point when immigration is no longer beneficial. That point has now been reached.

Brian Johnston, Rigton Drive, Burmantofts

Not sport but bad business

R KIMBLE is correct to claim there are more important issues occurring in the world than the sacking of a football manager (YEP, April 25) but the sacking of David Moyes at Manchester United is about bad business practice and shouldn’t go unchallenged.

Manchester United used to be one of the most profitable clubs in world football. When the Glazier family bought 98 per cent of United in 2005 they saddled the club with debts of £400m and interest payments of £60m a year.

According to leading economists the Glazier family have not invested one penny in Man United and should never have been allowed to take over the club.

They allowed Sir Alex Ferguson to pick David Moyes to manage the team - a man who has won nothing in football was put in charge of a club that has won everything there is to win in world football. It could only lead to disaster.

Locally we have seen bad business practices at Leeds United and Bradford Bulls. This is not a time to gloat about Man United’s misfortune, it is a time for concern for all genuine football fans at the way the ‘beautiful game’ has been taken out of our hands and passed to big businesses.

John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge

Do the players pick the boss?

WITH REGARD to the sacking of Manchester United’s manager David Moyes, held responsible for many things, from lost matches to the choice of players. He selects a team of professional footballers, plus subs, all highly paid so what excuses can the footballers use for not using their skills to win matches?

As professionals they owe clubs and fans high standards for each performance. Surely this is the least we can expect, or do they in reality select the managers?

Eleven men selected to play for teams and with some exceptions, they are the ones who failed, not the manager.


Too much to pay for Tour tickets

I WRITE following your article regarding the Tour de France Team Presentation event, which will be held at Leeds’ First Direct Arena in July (‘Anger at £85 ticket cost for Tour de France’, YEP, April 23).

Whilst the Tour itself is a real coup for Leeds and Yorkshire as a whole, and should be celebrated, I am concerned that local people will be priced out of attending the Team Presentation event at the Leeds Arena. Tickets are supposed to range from £45-£85, though with booking fees the cheapest ticket is, from the official website, £50.75. So with even the cheapest tickets a family of four would have to splash out over £200 for the event alone, not taking into account travelling costs (including parking), meals, drinks, merchandise etc.

Your report mentions that previous Team Presentation events, including the one held in London in 2007, were free. Leeds has a total budget for the event of £3.6m, part of a wider regional contribution, from other councils, of around £10m.

Local taxpayers have contributed enough to the event; to ask for more for the Team Presentation is in danger of testing the local goodwill that there is for the Tour.

Councillor Dan Cohen, Alwoodley Ward

Organisers got sums wrong

AS the decision was made by the authorities and residents were not asked if they wanted Tour de France then why should it now be down to the residents to pay for the organisers getting their sums wrong!

DENISE ROSE, by email

Beware of the giant rodents

It’s been reported that giant super rodents immune to poison are plaguing British homes, but reports have emerged of an even larger version of this species.

They seem to be concentrated in a large building by the side of the River Thames and more than 600 have been observed creeping in and out.

They are characterised by their tendency to viciously attack each other in a brutal struggle to seize any advantage. Their weakness seems to be a strange devotion to the Pied Piper of Brussels.

These creatures can be trapped and removed though, by checking their claims for expenses.

Britain beware.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Proud to show best of Hunslet

REGARDING THE trip by Hunslet Hawks to Wigan on Sunday, a great day out was enjoyed by all, even though some say mismatches should not be allowed.

The Hunslet Hawks put up a valiant display after a nervy start and at the end of the game many a grown man was reduced to tears when the boys came over to thank the fans who were magnificent on this sunny day. In fact a Wigan lady tweeted me saying she nearly moved to our section to join us!

The young and old made the journey back over the Pennines with memories of visiting the magnificent facility of the DW Stadium and surely in these austere times £12 was a fair admission price.

Steve Richards, Somerdale Close, Bramley

Shop the killer of canal swan

I CAN not begin to describe the anger inside when I read about the swan that had been shot on the canal.

Someone must have seen the lunatic with the airgun in the area.

If anyone knows of the culprit, be it a neighbour or anybody else, they should shop this animal.

T Valentine, Leeds

Degree of litter at uni’s appalling

I WAS dismayed to go past the historic Parkinson steps at Leeds University and see them covered in crisp bags, drink cans and sweet wrappings etc. Isn’t littering an offence? What hope do we have of addressing the problem if even the educated can’t drop a can in a bin.

Margaret Thompson, Drummond Road, Leeds

YEP Letters: March 16