YEP Letters: May 27

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Charles has the right to lobby our politicians

Denis Angood, Stanningley

Tony Craven (Your Feedback, May 22) questions how we can take Prince Charles seriously when he has no expert knowledge or experience in any field.

Does he ask the same question of the many career politicians who also have little or no expert knowledge or experience, yet are trusted to provide “what the country needs”?

Maybe Prince Charles does not have expert knowledge but he knows a lot more about his country than the majority of the population and that does not stop them writing to politicians in the hope of influencing them.

I am guilty of that myself without having much success, although I believe some of my ideas are better than those put forward or endorsed by our politicians.

My one success was a positive response from Mrs Thatcher in 1983 when she forwarded my letter to the relevant department and they acted accordingly.

Everyone can exercise their prerogative and write to their MP or the PM hoping they will take notice (some people, known as lobbyists, make a career out of it).

What makes Prince Charles different is his position in society but he has that right just like everyone else.

It does not mean the politicians have to act upon his writings or the writings of anybody who wishes to express their thoughts, so why the song and dance about it?

We all have our own opinions and the right to communicate them, as we can see in the letter pages every night, but it is only the government that can act and more often than not they choose to take no notice.

Prince Charles may have more influence but as a citizen, albeit a privileged one, he has a right to be heard and no one should take that away.

Election blow for Farage

Phil Cook, Meanwood

While I take the points made in response to my letter by a few UKIP footsoldiers about their 3.8m votes, no-one can say that the end result of the 2015 General Election was anything other than a failure for them.

Nigel Farage spoke freely about dozens of MPs being returned to Westminster and he got, er, one.

This despite the great advantage of a party leader who up until recently had no MPs being granted almost as much TV time as the Prime Minister.

To add to this indignity, he was comprehensively and hilariously ‘monstered’ for being ‘the big election loser’ and over the non-resignation panto in the European Parliament by other MEPs – a must-see on Youtube.

On this topic, my original letter deserves some credit – though I say it myself – for its prescience in predicting the fiasco and the in-fighting over his U-turn on resignation. How very conventional and ‘establishment’ for such a ‘breath of fresh air’.

Whichever way you spin it, Mr Farage thinks he is UKIP and therefore the party’s failure is surely his.

Now, people can vote for whoever they like – that’s called democracy, and people have fought and died to protect it – but I’m not sure Mr Farage quite understands it.

He seems to think it’s just a process by which to achieve his own elevation, and his recent behaviour shows how dangerous he’d be if he ever got a foot in the door.

This, sadly, is always the way with petty nationalists – come on down Alex Salmond, another one who has difficulty with the idea of resignation – and now Mr Farage says he’s planning to squat there for 20 years.

At least he didn’t say a thousand.

Ignore greens and burn coal

Terry Watson, Adel

Why is our Government so determined to close all our coal-fired power stations when we are sitting on millions of tons of good coal?

Germany just ignores the EU directives which Dave follows to the letter, and are building coal-fired power stations with green taxes! None of these are fitted with the Carbon Capture and Store nonsense and they will have 20 operating by 2020.

While closing our power stations, Dave isn’t replacing them with a viable alternative.

Those ridiculous bird bashing windmills produce very little electricity which is very expensive and have an average lifespan of only 15 years.

Solar panels are even worse. A report on one of the giant solar farms with 160,000 solar panels produced only 37 megawatts, whereas a power station can produce more than 2,000 and has an average lifespan of 50 to 60 years.

It’s time to ignore all this carbon footprint nonsense as other countries do – it costs industry millions.

Were figures kept hidden?

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Some interesting figures have appeared in the press since the election:

1) Unemployment in Yorkshire went up by over 13,000 in the last 3 months to reach 177,000.

2) Since 2010, the number of police officers has dropped by 17,000.

3) Net migration in 2014 went up by a third to 310,000.

4) In the first quarter of 2015, over 11,000 families have been made homeless (evicted) from rented accommodation because they couldn’t find the increased rent.

5) Recorded ‘Hate Crime’ against disabled people has reached 62,000 incidents since David Cameron demonised disabled people, yet only 2000 incidents have been investigated by the police.

I can’t help feeling the release of these figures after the election is not a coincidence and an earlier release of these figure could have led to a different election result. Perhaps even more of the electorate would have opposed the election of the Conservatives rather than the 63.1 per cent who actually did!

Real ale for rich tastes

Dominic Rayner, Roundhay

Many of your readers will have heard the surprising statistic that printer ink is the most expensive commodity on earth.

But the organisers of Feast, an event on the Leeds Food Month, are clearly aiming to challenge this record.

At £6 for two-thirds of a pint, the beer (while tasty) was the most expensive I have ever encountered.

The Real Ale Revolution has been great news for those who savour their flavour, but at £9 a pint, the revolution is in danger of being for the rich, not the masses.