YEP Letters: November 9

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We have a right to information on nuclear power

Paul Dainton, President of Residents Against Toxic Scheme, Normanton

It seems that without any agreement with other political parties the Tory government have agreed with the Chinese to build a new nuclear power station in the UK.

For over three years RATS have been attempting to obtain a comprehensive list of nuclear waste escapes to land, water and air, however, despite endless letters to the government, the nuclear industry and our MP, no one can supply or is willing to supply such a list.

As usual our MP Yvette Cooper didn’t even respond, indeed all parties state that no such list is kept, that no one keeps a comprehensive record of such escapes within the UK, EVEN after the catastrophic Fukushima nuclear power station disaster.

This year the Guardian (25 May 2015) published an interview with He Zuoxin one of China’s leading scientists in which he states: “China is not investing enough in safety controls”, also that “it is insane that not enough investment is been put into safety controls and that the risk includes, corruption, poor management abilities and decision making capabilities”.

Zuoxin has a long record of taking a pro-government stance on controversial issues, so his challenge is particularly powerful.

The nuclear industry spends millions of pounds a year on publicity, spin, and lobbying of government, so why can we the public not be told of all such leaks and escapes as it is our country, our sea, and our environment that is been polluted.

It is our money - mine and yours that subsidises this the most expensive form of electric power, so we have the right to know what the government and the nuclear industry has covered up so far, and just what they are leading us into with the next generation of nuclear power plants.

If I am wrong, let the government or the nuclear industry publish a comprehensive list of all such escapes over the last 25 years (no matter how small the escape was) and at which plant the escape took place.

If this is an example of the level of openness and transparency that we can expect from our own industry, then what can we expect to obtain from one of the most secretive and repressive governments in the world!

Because make no mistake, we are not dealing with private investment at this level.For the sake of the next generation, Great Britain and of the planet, tell us the truth!

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Action needed on insurance

Keith Milner, Dewsbury

I read in the YEP about drivers without insurance. I think the insurance companies are to blame for the high cost of insurance. For example a 17-year-old has driving lessons, possibly struggles to pay for them or their parents do, they manage 10 to 20 lessons then they pass their test.

They may then get a cheap older car and they get a quote for £2,000 for insurance when they only paid about £400 for their car. Where’s the sense in that? As I say it’s the insurance companies that should get their act together and drop the cost of insurance and more people would get insurance more cheaply instead of being disappointed once they have passed the driving test.

Something should be done about is as soon as possible. If everyone drove with no insurance something would have to be done about it!

Remember the animals

R Kimble, Hawksworth

Good to see you acknowledge the contribution of women to the effort of WW2 in your Comment (November 6).

I watched an interesting item on Yesterday channel recently about the people whose professions were protected from conscription. This included psychiatric nurses in mental hospitals and, indeed, some conscientious objectors were given jobs as psychiatric nurses.

What was interesting was that those who were already in such jobs when war broke out were mistakenly treated with the same disdain as conscientious objectors were because the public had not been informed that some professions were protected.

What I would like to add, however, more in keeping with the content of your Comment, is that we should also remember the animals in both World Wars who were killed, maimed or survived in both conflicts.

There were more, I believe, in WW1 because they were needed more for older style battles before the advent of tanks and long distance cannons, for example.

Making a difference

Colin Brook, Revitalise

Each year Make a Difference Day encourages people to do something meaningful for a good cause, so I’d like to tell your readers all about the many and varied benefits of volunteering.

I work for a great charity called Revitalise; we provide much-needed respite holidays for disabled people and carers.

Volunteers are absolutely essential to us, and it is safe to say that we simply couldn’t do what we do without them.

As a charity, Revitalise benefits hugely from the contribution of volunteers, but we have found that our volunteers benefit in a great many ways too.

Did your readers know, for instance, that 95 per cent of our volunteers said the experience had improved their understanding and attitude towards disabled people and 77 per cent said it had inspired them to play a more active role in the community?

And when it comes to the world of work, volunteering can really give you a boost in the race for jobs. Ninety five per cent of our young volunteers thought volunteering improves one’s job prospects and, to prove the point, over half of our young volunteers now in work said volunteering had helped them get their jobs!

So if any of your readers want to make a positive difference to the lives of others – and improve themselves at the same time – then volunteering is one of the best ways of doing it!

For more info about volunteering for Revitalise, visit www.revitalise.org.uk or call 0303 303 0145.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

YEP Letters: December 9