YEP Letters: November 13

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Time to demand better facilities at airport

Irene Chandler, by email

Leeds and Bradford Airport must be the most inadequate airport I have ever encountered.

On the 25th October we arrived back from Ibiza with my 85 year old parents. Both are quite capable of walking a reasonable distance.

However, we disembarked and had to walk from the furthest away point from the passport control.

This involved crossing the paths of vehicles, leading into what can only be described as a lengthy plastic tunnel. This may as well have been outdoors, as it was unheated, damp and cold.

Unbelievably, we were stopped on route to let another queue cross our path to board their plane!

As for the distance, this is not acceptable to expect elderly passengers to walk. Mum and Dad are accustomed to walking through any other airport, without a problem. NOT THIS ONE.

My parents had to stop twice for a rest, yet there are no seats nor toilets available until we almost reached passport control.

The whole encounter was a total nightmare. There must be a health and safety issue here which needs looking into before someone collapses, has a heart attack or is run over.

On Monday, my husband took a business flight from Leeds/Bradford to Dusseldorf. He parked in the long stay car park and returned the next day. He was already aware of the lengthy walk through the “plastic tunnel”, but the walk from and to the long stay car park is ridiculous. He was soaking wet and to add to this was charged £58.14 for parking for 30 hours.

It is time for people to stand up and demand an acceptable level of facilities at this airport. It fails in so many areas, it is a total embarrassment. Goodness knows what foreign visitors think.

They charge £2 for a vehicle to drop off passengers, charge £1 for luggage trollies, and charge extortionate amounts for parking, yet fail to provide the most basic of requirements.

Come on L.B.I.A. owners Bridgepoint Capital, pull your socks up, or hold your heads in shame.

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What was sacrifice for?

Derek Barker, Moortown

After just observing the national two minutes’ silence in respect of the memory of those who have died in the service of our country, I now ask the question what did they sacrifice their lives and limbs for?

The only answer I can find to that question is that they were maimed and killed to maintain the status quo, in that they made their sacrifices to maintain a class ridden society, the hierarchy of which believe that they have a God given right to send to war those of the lower classes to defend their overseas interests and to maintain their rank in the domestic pecking order. After the Second World War the working masses were lulled into believing that the sacrifices that they made were worth it as they were allowed to have a strong political representation through the Labour governments and the trade union movement, which championed and implemented workers rights, the welfare state and the NHS.

Since the early 1960s we have had professional volunteer armed forces, but how many of our military personal since the early 1980s when the deliberate erosion of workers rights, our standard of living and the welfare state began under Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government, volunteered for military service to escape the prospect of working for low wages interspersed with periods of having to try and manage on ever decreasing levels of state benefit?

It is only since the most recent conflicts in the Middle East that our wounded veterans have been treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Veterans of earlier conflicts were thrown on the scrapheap as soon as they left military service, with charitable organisations such as the British Legion being their prime source of support, with the only mark of respect to them being displayed on Remembrance Day. I wonder how many years it will be after the current conflicts have ended that the profile of today heroes will be lowered to the point that they too will be remembered only on Remembrance Day.

Broken promise

James Kirk, Middleton

I commend reader R Kimble for his opinion regarding modern politicians.

I often thought politics was a calling. That some ideal or sense of duty to protect and serve the people was the driving force behind the ambition to seek public office. Now more than ever I am resigned to a theorem which would suggest the interests of the public are secondary to the interests of the politician.

Governments are elected by the people to serve the people, not to run their lives.

We are constantly reminded by those elected how important is the right to vote. The youth of a nation, the countless men and women who fought for our liberty paid the heaviest price that we, free from tyranny, can honour their memory at the ballot box.

We look to a party that we feel can best serve the country as a whole, and yes too, our individual needs. The vote is cast in return for a promise, a pledge by politicians that our priceless vote will be redeemed when they are put into office. What greater insult can there be to the fallen than a broken promise? Watching these ‘morally bankrupt politicians’ stand before the cenotaph leaves me to ponder, are they bowing their heads in respect, or in shame.

Cost of PM’s actions

Craig Sweaton, UKIP Middleton Park Ward

It seems that David Cameron has written to his local Conservative council leader asking why he is making cuts to important services.

He is apparently unable to grasp the fact that because of the huge budget cuts that his government has imposed, local councils have had to cut money from even the most important services, and he has told the council leader to cut even more from the personnel budget instead. Proof, if any were needed, that this PM does not care about real people and job losses, and has very little understanding of how hard councils (and by extension, the people serviced by them) are actually suffering as a result of his and Osborne’s cuts.

It is worth mentioning at this point that the cuts to northern councils are much greater than to those in the south of England so, we can only hope that this makes Cameron realise what is the cost of his actions to real people - but I wouldn’t hold your breath!

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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