YEP Letters: November 5

Have your say

AS an ex-high school teacher in Leeds, I take exception to Christopher Tyne’s letter (YEP, October 30) which, among other things, witters on about ‘what parents want’ ‘the needs of their children’ and ‘the diktat of the teaching profession’, not forgetting his claim that ‘teachers simply have too much power’.

Mr Tyne hasn’t got a clue about what a modern day school is like – in fact, he would be disturbed I am sure, were he to actually witness just who does have the power in schools.

It is the children themselves that are in charge now.

You wouldn’t believe it Mr Tyne, in fact I suspect you would be quite upset if you actually witnessed the behaviour of many youngsters in schools today.

If teachers had any power at all, I wouldn’t have walked away at just 50 years old, taking with me so much that I had to give and to offer.

Similarly for so many new to the profession, having completed their training, they also refuse to ‘put up with the indiscipline’ and walk away.

If schools insist on the correct footwear and send a child home for being in breach of uniform, then good for the school.

It’s the ‘do-gooders’ like you that have contributed to this mess in the first place, and your views are born of ignorance, so glaring that I am compelled to put pen to paper.

You should be supporting the teaching profession, over all issues including holidays in term time, not blaming it.

You are very uninformed Mr Tyne, and think that schools are just like you left them, obviously many decades ago.

With regard to discipline, I only wish they were.

K Palmer, Leeds

How did we get in this situation?

TWO articles in the YEP (October 31) caught my eye.

First, on page four, the story which said that ‘many households, including those in low paid employment, are struggling to make ends meet. Average debt is now almost £4,000”.

Then, on page 22, was the story that ‘hospitals in Yorkshire are facing debts of more than £100m, triggering warnings NHS finances are plunging into crisis’.

Yet only yesterday I read that Oxfam is demanding action as the wealth gap ‘explodes’, with the world’s richest people seeing their wealth increase by half a million dollars every minute.

Earlier this year, Oxfam said the world’s 85 billionaires owned the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Inequality is growing in a similar way in this country.

Did we elect politicians to allow this to happen?

According to Andy Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England: “There is rising evidence that extreme inequality harms, durably and significantly, the stability of the financial system and growth in the economy.”

P Lloyd, Farsley

Trolleybus plan must be halted

Now that the formal sittings of the public inquiry into trolleybus are closed, Metro and the council have returned to triumphalist propaganda and the peddling of assertions which the inquiry evidence – to those who listened (and no elected member of the majority party did) – showed quite clearly to be blatant mis-representations.

These are appearing on websites and in social media charm offensives.

These activities could be thought prejudicial to the inspector’s evaluation of the evidence presented at the inquiry.

Similar misrepresentations of the project and of the progress of the inquiry have been fed to the members of the Combined Authority Transport Board (Agenda Item 11, meeting of September 26, 2014) and, I suspect, to elected members.

Only political shenanigans unworthy of a democratic, devolved Northern Cities Authority, let alone a national government, could lead the Secretaries of State for Transport, for Local Government and for the Environment to allow the trolleybus project to proceed against the evidence.

A positive outcome for the promoters is at best highly uncertain.

In these circumstances, all work on the project should be stopped – today – and the saved money put to better use.

Dr John Dickinson, Weetwood

Which inquiry were they at?

COUNCILLORS JAMES and Richard Lewis say that NGT has presented a “compelling” case for the trolleybus.

I wonder which inquiry they have been at, as the one that I attended showed much of the NGT research to be at best flawed and at worst over simplified and based on out of date information.

We hope that the inspector has a better overview than them.

It really worries me as a rate payer that at no point did anyone from either NGT or Leeds City Council stop and say, hang on a minute – the figures show more congestion, slower general traffic and more accidents.

What’s wrong here?

It was not the purpose of the inquiry for objectors to propose alternative, fully worked up plans – that was the job of NGT – one in which they have signally failed.

Margaret Thompson, Headingley

Thanks to the Jubilee Wing

I would like to draw attention to the remarkable combined skills of doctors, paramedics and nursing teams at the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary.

I witnessed the prompt action and the excellent dedication to each emergency, of which were there were many.

The combination of knowledge and hard work gave me back my son, with a quality of life worth living, for which I will be eternally grateful and so will all the people who love and care about him.

In the anxious time while we waited for information of my son I was truly amazed at the incredible work which created many miracles.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful people working on our behalf.

My grateful thanks to everyone at the Jubilee Wing.

Joyce Aveyard, Chapel Allerton

Don’t write-off the UKIP vote

IN a missive sent to you by Hilary Andrews (YEP, October 29), they state that a vote for UKIP’s Mark Reckless in the coming by-election would be wasted.

Does the writer think that a vote for any other candidate would not be wasted?

The people who are voting UKIP are looking for an answer to this country’s problems.

The coalition and Labour do not have the answers. All they do is blame each other for the failings that have been incurred. Being a senior citizen, I worry about the future for my children and grandchildren, and probably will not see any improvement in my lifetime.

Hopefully Ukip will be the answer, but if not how can they be any worse than what we have had in the last five or six decades? H Andrews then goes on to say Ukip have no chance of making changes and voting for them could cause an unstable coalition. Is not the present coalition unstable?

Cameron and Clegg only argue on one issue, how to make their cronies richer, at the cost of the working and middle classes.

Then in his letter we come to the economy improving. This is down to keeping workers on low pay and no rises.

The writer should ask the people relying on food banks and the unemployed, especially the young and disabled, if they are better off because of the improving economy.

R Chester, Rothwell