YEP Letters: November 17

Have your say

I write regarding the story about Doug Paulley, the wheelchair user awarded £5,500 in damages against First Bus after he was denied access to a bus travelling from Wetherby to Leeds when a mother refused to move a pushchair because her baby was asleep (YEP, November 12).

To say I find the temerity of Mr Paulley shocking is an understatement. He wants to push himself to the front of the queue at every opportunity simply because he’s in a wheelchair.

Why can’t he show some consideration and wait his turn? If someone with a pram is already occupying the space on the bus and does not want to disturb their baby – fine.

Mr Paulley should simply wait for the next available bus, and if he doesn’t like it or is in a hurry he should perhaps take a taxi. He’s of no higher calling than any other passenger.

The courts should make him give the £5,500 compensation back to First. Isn’t the 2010 Equality Act just that? An act to make things fair for all?

Then why does Mr Paulley think he’s of a higher calling than a mother with a baby in a pram who will have undoubtedly paid a fare?

Nick Keer, Cottingley

Real culprit is pram mum

Am I the only one feeling extremely sorry for both First’s bus driver and the company itself when the real culprit in this sorry story is the mother who refused to move her pushchair?

What was the driver supposed to do with her – manhandle the chair down? Create a big scene? Call the police?

I hope she’s feeling thoroughly ashamed, but somehow I doubt it.

Margaret Thompson, Far Headingley

Come off it, crudely put

So the Government says the price of fuel should drop. Chancellor George Osborne declares he intends to keep an eye on prices at the pump, to ensure they do.

Just who does he think he is kidding?

By trying to put the blame on oil producers and retailers, when prices have not dropped signifcantly as a result of the lower price of crude, he is merely acting as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And behind all the waffle there is even a suggestion of an increase in the price of duty, which already takes over 60 per cent of the price of every litre.

If the Government has any real concern in reducing the expense of motoring for drivers, it is they who should be taking less, rather than more.

While oil companies have to spend millions on exploration, refining and so on for what profits they make, the Goverment gets theirs for nothing.

So come off it Mr Osborne, at least tell the truth and stop pretending that you do not seek to gain a further advantage from the lower price of crude, and transferring the blame.

While on the subject of the price of commodities, the actions of the large business established in Leeds many years ago, Marks and Spencer, are enough to raise the eyebrows.

On a reduced turnover they are up on profits as a result of increased margins – in other words buying cheap and selling dear.

All well and good one may say, but who pays in the end? That’s an easy one to answer!

But if prices cotinue to rise, where will it all end – especially as wages continue to remain almost static?

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

What’s the difference?

One reads so much about politics in the newspapers today. Discussions about the left, the right, the left of centre and the like.

I have to say, it leaves me cold. I just don’t get politics at all.

In fact I am still struggling with what is the difference between a left Twix and a right Twix.

David Gibbs, Leeds

Bird kill is just the way of nature

In reply to M Murphy and his criticism of the recent photograph of the sparrowhawk with its kill (YEP, November 10), it sounds like the typical rantings of a townie.

When will people learn that nature is not cruel.

Unlike man, who hunts for pleasure, birds and animals do it to survive.

This is what they are born to do and as for losing small birds and mammals it has been proven that the biggest culprit is the domestic cat.

The reason most RSPB members would not be offended by this image is because they understand nature.

Ken Norrie, Leeds

Are firms coughing up?

ISN’T IT surprising that the CBI thinks that after four-and-a-half years of cuts and low wages the Government should now increase child subsidies and raise the National Insurance threshold of the low-paid?

Could this be the answer to making sure their members don’t have to give their working people a living wage?

We all know that the benefit system cannot go on subsiding employers as they have been doing and they must start putting some real money into the economy.

I wonder if they ever do anything to ensure that all their members pay the Government the taxes they should be paying.

D Birch, Cookridge

Act should be scrapped

Former Environment secretary Owen Paterson has warned that Britain will run out of electricity unless it abandons its main Green Energy Target.

The Climate Change Act which Labour signed up to is crippling our economy and should be scrapped.

Manmade climate change is a massive lie, and always has been.

Unfortunately it has generated trillions of dollars over forty years of deceit and governments are unlikely to admit that they have lied and cheated their own people for so long.

Cameron should defy European directives by keeping our coal-fired power stations and supporting our own coal industry with subsidies – just as Germany France and Spain have done for years.

He should forget about being a subservient, law-abiding European and put Britain first.

We are importing thousands of tons of cheap coal from Eastern Europe while refusing to support our own miners and closing down existing pits.

The German government is using “green taxes” to finance the building of 10 coal-fired power stations.

India is threatening to overtake China in the rate of construction of the same while we continue to import a vast and increasing amount of goods from both countries.

The building of a nuclear power station at Hinckley Point will cost us dearly with electricity costing us double what we pay today. We should be investing in energy produced from sewage. Yorkshire Water are already doing it and Severn Trent Water, Britain’s second largest water company, began sending the natural gas they produced into the National Grid last week.

Other energy producers including Wessex Water and Northumbrian Water have plans to develop a pipe to supply natural gas from sewers.

To say this is a renewable form of energy is an understatement, we are up to our necks in it thanks to Blair, Brown and Brussels.

Terry Watson, Adel

Kirkgate Market, Leeds

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