IS IT my imagination or hyper-sensitivity but is Leeds different from other parts of the universe?
For some 50 years we have had or been connected with high profile serial murderers, bomb makers, arsonists, unspeakable classroom horror, massive drugs hauls, Poulson-like corruption, celebrity rapists and career burglars.
It’s more like living in Gotham City than a large provincial city. One half expects or wishes for Batman or Spiderman to swing into action.
Is there some sociological reason why are we seemingly a magnet for every lunatic, deviant and huckster who ever lived?
Can these be the grandchildren of those decent, law-abiding, well-mannered, dutiful people of the 1950s?
Or have we been invaded by aliens?
Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood
Tour success so heartening
HOW heartening it was to read how much of a success Leeds’s staging of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart turned out to be (YEP, October 11).
In fact, the figures show that the event actually poulled in 50 per cent more money for the local economy than had been predicted.
It’s easy to forget that there were a lot of doom and gloom merchants who said the Grand Depart was an expensive folly.
This just shows that they were wrong and the rest of us were right.
Now I’d like to see us show the same ambition as a city in every aspect going forward.
Leeds is a great city and deserves the chance to show that again on the big stage.
David Edwards, Leeds
Airing views on radio station
It was good to see the old photograph (YEP, October 7) of the control room of Radio Leeds at its Merrion Centre studio from 1968.
Some 46 years later it is hard to believe that there was hostility in some quarters to the BBC setting up local radio stations.
The Conservative opposition in Parliament was against it and much of the national press too.
It is to the credit of Radio Leeds staff over the years that they have made community radio a success.
John Appleyard, Liversedge
Out of touch on a grand scale
Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stated in his speech to his party conference that the public had little respect for politicians these days and that they had to build up positive relationships all over again.
At the same time he made some comments about the politics of “blame” and an “us versus them” world.
He then went on to make an insulting comment about the voters in Clacton voting in UKIP as if they have no intelligence or integrity, nor the ability to analyse a political party’s manifesto.
So much for the earlier comments I have mentioned.
He clearly has no respect whatsoever for these voters : they’re stupid and “beguiled”, basically.
Coming from someone who caved in on tuition fees and who clearly has no insight into just how little the LibD Dem Party are regarded by the populace. It’s a bit rich, isn’t it?
What a pompous man, out of touch with reality on a grand scale.
Terry Maunder, Kirkstall
The garbage from this pair...
Listening to Mr Wonderful Nick Clegg and his crony Vince Cable, I can say that in all my life I have never heard as much garbage as from these two, telling everybody what they have done for people in this country. Would someone be so kind as to enlighten me and tell me what I have missed?
I just cannot get my head round the thought of a coalition with Labour and the Lib Dems. Can you imagine Miliband, Balls, Clegg and Cable in power? The mind boggles.
I think Mr Clegg will get an almighty shock in the next election and, with a bit of luck, he may not win his seat.
Then he can take his place in life along with all the other Lib Dem numpties.
K Fleming, Gildersome
Baby in house with killer dog?
I READ in a national Sunday newspaper about a baby being savaged to death by a pitbull dog. A relative tried to fight it off but in vain, suffering serious injuries to her hands.
What I find disturbing is how anyone can have a baby in the same house with one of these dogs around. The pitbull was destroyed at the scene.
A local councillor was calling for the return of dog licences which were abolished in 1987 and stated that the incident was a wake up call.
I did think pitbulls were not allowed in Britain and if this is the case, it is a sin that we have allowed this breed into the country.
A Hague, Harehills
Tax cuts should tackle injustice
THE tax cuts offered by David Cameron are very significant indeed, because when fully implemented they will resolve two great injustices.
First, the minimum wage will become the starting point for paying tax, something I have advocated for years. Second, many people in ordinary jobs will escape higher rate tax, where they should never have been.
With only those who get hit with the 100 per cent jump from 20 per cent standard rate to 40 per cent higher one due to just a modest increase in earnings able to understand the pain involved; when the really big earners only go from 40 to 45 percent.
I only paid higher rate in one year, 1994, and it was quite a shock at the time.
Of course, no scheme can be all things to all people or taxpayers, with the lowest paid already taken out of tax altogether; and the OAPs like me losing their small ‘Age Related Higher Personal Allowance’ as a consequence.
But when I already enjoy free NHS prescriptions, winter fuel allowance and a bus pass, if there is any money to spare give it to the young people to help with mortgages, food and children’s clothes, bills etc.
We’ve had our day, let them have theirs. Sadly, Labour has no credible alternative policy on offer, only criticism as usual.
D Boyes, Bramley
A wake up call to leaders...
The by-election results in Clacton and Heywood and Middleton is a clarion cry to Cameron, Clegg and Miliband.
It is one that announces that the rank and file of the British electorate are sick and tired of this country being governed for the benefit of European workers and employers willing to exploit their willingness to work for low wages.
Not only are these people forcing down our living standards they are putting pressures on our housing education and national health services that we have to pay for.
Our membership of the European Union benefits only a minority of British citizens who profit from our membership, and I feel confident that at the next general election the thus far silent majority will win the day. I predict that the Lib Dems will be voted out of existence, the Conservatives will become the third political party, and that the main political forces will be labour and Ukip.
Derek Barker, Moortown
Too relaxed over Ebola
I AM amazed at the relaxed return of humanitarian volunteers to the Western countries after helping in Ebola-hit areas. I am a farmer and have seen just how fast foot and mouth disease can spread.
All humanitarian workers and British Army medics should be made to carry out a full quarantine in Africa before letting them back into the UK.
J Richardson, Otley