YEP Letters: November 11

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Football fans get the owners they deserve

G Waite, Leeds

Well, here we are, after a hopeful and quite fruitful summer transfer window, getting into the nitty-gritty of another Championship season.

And, as usual, things are not going to plan on the pitch. So, what have we got at the moment?

Well, again we have the usual rabble-rousers whose possibly only mention on their CVs would be, ‘attending football matches’ and little else, pouring their verbal poison against a man who has shown his solid commitment to LUFC to the point of him throwing his hands up and saying, ‘Enough!’

Well I hope that things don’t come around to bite the empty vessels’ bottoms and we get lumbered with people like GHF or Uncle Ken, who I fear is still lurking somewhere in the shadows.

Remember, football fans get the owners that they sometimes deserve.


Fears over trolleybus costs
Grahaeme Lauder, Leeds 6
I welcome Look North’s decision to cover the Leeds Trolleybus plans (BBC1 Look North 4th November).
But I was disappointed with the uncritical and somewhat one-sided treatment.
The programme started well by telling us about the eye watering costs - £60m - already paid by Leeds residents for tram and trolleybus plans.
However Look North failed to tell us of future costs should the scheme go ahead – at least £75m by the council’s own conservative estimates.
The programme pointed to the tram systems of Edinburgh and Nottingham but failed to tell us that the Leeds Trolleybus is technically inferior to these tram systems.
Instead it presented us with slick pictures of imaginary trolleybuses with no indication that most of the passengers will have to stand during rush hour.
Nor was there any mention of the widespread opposition to the scheme as shown by the YEP’s own polls.
No mention either of the massive disruption to businesses and residents if this unwise scheme goes ahead.
Even if the Leeds Trolleybus plan was technically and financially sound the question needs to be asked – can the city afford it?
Or will the massive financial burden which will have to be shouldered by Leeds council tax payers mean higher bills and fares or yet more cuts in local services?

Time for action on car insurance
Ernest Lundy, by email
Keith Milner’s letter, (YEP November 9), on the subject of rip-off insurance, like many others, will be as a cry in the wilderness.
His example of the way a 17-year-old is asked to pay £2000 insurance for a car worth perhaps £500 or less, is absolutely ridiculous.
When this teenager has passed a driving test and has a licence proving ability to drive, why should this be so?
It is another example of ageism, as also applied to older drivers, even though they may be accident and claims free for years.
Some of these companies, if not most, just seem to think of a price and demand it, on a take it or leave it basis, knowing cover is obligatory. Is it any wonder many are driving uninsured?
It is time the government stepped in and regulated these out of control businesses and created fairer tariffs for those of any age group who like anyone else has a right to be on the road after paying a reasonable price for cover.
Come on MPs do your jobs! There is a law against age discrimination! Do something about it! Or are these companies too big for you to take on?

The demise of the word yes
Anthony Craven, by email
I’m sure that I am not alone in bemoaning the fact that “yes” has become the yes of yesteryear, being replaced by the nondescript “yeah”.
Let us restore the incisive “yes” once more in our ever changing tongue.

‘Appalled’ at payments
Lindon Dove, Tingley
In this week of remembrance for the fallen in past wars, dying to protect our way of life and ideals, news breaks of the intended payments of millions of pounds to returning Guantanamo Bay detainees.
These people have been captured all over the world, often in places and countries hostile to democracy and cultures in the west.
Indeed, they were in Guantanamo Bay because considerable evidence suggested they were terrorists or terrorist supporters, bent on destroying the countries which gave them a home.
Ironically, while they were being detained, the British taxpayer supported their wives and families at great expense.
Had they been found to be suspect of this level of treachery by the countries and cultures they actually support, summary beheading would be a more likely outcome, and their families too would suffer for their misdeeds.
Contrast this generous treatment with that meted out to our returning armed forces, who gave their lives, limbs and blood fighting the very people these terrorist thugs support. Are they rewarded by huge payments of cash? I think not.
All too often they languish mentally for many years as a result of the horrors they have witnessed. All too often they cannot find jobs or housing. I wonder how they feel about the intended payments to their enemies.
So I say to the government, hang your heads in shame. When you lay your wreaths at subsequent remembrance parades, give thought to the dishonour you have paid to our brave dead with this appalling decision.

Undemocratic constitution
John E Downing, Morley
At long last the penny has dropped, David Cameron has now realised that his futile attempts to renegotiate the EU constitution was and is folly.
In compliance with the mandate of the General Election he is honour bound to put the referendum in place now for the electorate at large to decide.
Considering the minimum cost of £55 million a day to remain in the organisation, how much more money will be pumped into the bottomless coffers?
The talking has got to stop and action is the democratic solution to an undemocratic constitution.