YEP Letters: May 26

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Calling time on memories of city pub

Geoff Hardwick, Seacroft

IT’S sad, part of my childhood has gone. The Fellmonger pub in Seacroft at the bottom part of North Parkway has been demolished. I recall going into this pub to tell my dad his dinner was ready on a Sunday.

I remember the dray horses bringing the beer and rolling the beer barrels down to the cellar. This was from 1958 onwards.

I also recall the dray horses having names and being fed with nosebags outside. Does anyone else out there remember these lovely times?

What is it that makes pacifists so dangerous?

Martin Schweiger, Leeds 8

This is an open letter I’ve sent to Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, about dangerous pacifists.

‘During the Today programme on Radio 4 on May 11 you made reference to Jeremy Corbyn as “essentially a pacifist, he would be a very dangerous leader of our country”. I do not usually get excited by phrases, but the idea of “dangerous pacifists” has a real tingle factor.

There are a wide range of pacifist stances, most of which require lasting commitment, clarity of purpose and courage. The unconditional rejection of all forms of warfare is not undertaken lightly.

Just how dangerous can a pacifist be? Mahatma Gandhi effectively defeated the British army in India. Churchill called him “a half naked fakir” who by eating salt brought about the end of British rule in India. There are many examples of major change being wrought by non-violent means.

A photograph of children fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam was taken by Nick Ut on 8th June 1972.

After the concerns over showing full frontal nudity were overcome the picture went on the play a major role in bringing the Vietnam war to an end. This was more powerful than the collective effect of seven million tons of bombs.

I have to ask you what it is it that makes pacifists so dangerous?’

NHS promises are broken

Nigel Bywater, Morley

MULTI-MILLIONAIRES in the UK are getting richer, and the Brexit vote hasn’t had much of an impact.

But the average wage is being outstripped by rising prices, and living standards are declining.

There have been changes to the NHS, resulting in more serious operations not being done within the 18-week target and people waiting in corridors in A&E.

In 2015 the Conservatives put in their election manifesto a promise about making GP appointments easier. The promise has now been dropped, another broken promise.

Theresa May wants the election to be about Brexit. Let’s hope that the facts about our poorly performing NHS and ailing social care do not get forgotten.

The cost of national debt payment paid by the Government in 2011/12 was £48bn. In 2016/17 it was £62bn. Theresa May thinks her leadership qualities are “strong and stable”, I would say “clueless and deluded”.

I am not sure if people would attribute any of these facts to Brexit.

Perhaps it’s as a result of Conservative policies? I am sure Theresa May and her family will not suffer due to reduced police and NHS funding – unlike us ordinary folk.

A melancholy picture

Don Burslam, Dewsbury

WHEN the true history of this country comes to be written, it will present a melancholy picture.

The UK could have seized an influential role at the heart of Europe when the first stirrings of European unity occurred in the fifties but our deep-seated insularity prevented this and our uneasy relationship with our neighbours has continued ever since.

The referendum was of course a tragedy for the rest of the continent as well as us and the blame for this rests entirely with the right wing of the Tory party. Their unscrupulous activities have been disgraceful and the PM continues to pander to them.

One way to reduce Tory dominance will be to switch to a system of PR.

A case of avocado hand

Mrs K Smith, Leeds

Due to the current popularity of avocados being promoted as a health food, one doctor has reported seeing up to four cases a week of ‘avocado hand’ - a condition caused by cutting the slippery fruit.

It has been suggested that avocados should be accompanied by instructions on how to prepare them! What next- a blunt knife? On another note, in my days, all celery was white. Why can I only get the green kind now? Perhaps some gardener could supply the answer?

Garry Monk yesterday dramatically quit as Leeds United head coach just days after the takeover of the club by Andrea Radrizzani. 
Monk tendered his resignation as Leeds prepared to activate a clause allowing them to extend his contract at to the end of next season. Radrizzani has accepted Monk’s resignation and allowed the 38-year-old – who guided Leeds to seventh place in the Championship this season – to leave for no compensation. Here’s how YEP readers reacted to the news...

Paul Sleightholm

Gutted feels like one step forward and 100 steps back, so much for building for the future.

Nigel Crabtree

I wanted him to stay. But he probably wanted a longer deal. But did he deserve one. 
A good season. But ultimately failed.

Trev Noad

Absolute joke.

Kevin Blake

Can this week get any worse?

Ian Wheeldon

Well done Garry, if you need to move on, good luck to you pal, I hope you achieve as much as you have at the mighty Whites.

Jim Green

Supported Leeds since 73, nothing surprises me anymore ...MOT!

Denise Mills

Thanks for everything Garry, sorry you are leaving.

Becki Jayne Williams

Gutted , thought he was the one to get us to the play offs but I’m obviously wrong.

Mark Threlfall

Don’t blame him to be honest.. if you value someone you don’t wait this long to say it! Here we go again... #ALAW

Nicola Wensley

It took so long because I think Massimo did not want him. Andrea did, until the takeover took place nothing could happen, inbetween I think Monk has had his head turned.

Charles Farrugia Bayliss

Very sad day. Is he moving for a better wage? When things seemed brighter and full of hope, apparently we cannot trust much. 
We need a Leeds blooded coach, perhaps one of the old Leeds team members.

John Oliver

End of another era at Elland Road! Best season in years and now what? Start again. Absolutely disgusted.

Nigel Ambler

It was always going to come. But Leeds must get the choice of the new manager right.

New colony of Humboldt penguins in the new Costal Zone at Lotherton Hall.
21st November 2017.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

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