At last we have had an expert on transport, no less than a professor at Leeds University, say the same as everyone who has a right-minded outlook – ‘the case for the NGT is weak and flawed and its benefits are greatly exaggerated’.
The public inquiry, which has needed the patience of Job for everyday attendance, has heard ‘evidence’ from the proponents of the scheme and from ‘expert consultants’.
They have paraded facts and figures that cannot be substantiated by any history of NGT operation.
Now a Professor of Transport has decried their findings as weak and flawed, along with the planning, operation and supposed benefits.
Can we now go back to the drawing board and create a system that will benefit the whole area using the existing provision and integrating it into any proposed?
One can only hope that the chairman of the inquiry can stipulate that the funds in place are ringfenced for future developments in transport.
My fear, and the fear of many I am sure, is that decisions will be made by people who are unfamiliar with the area and its needs.
This is where our local politicians get the chance to unite under one banner and create the opportunity to provide something of real value and benefit to the whole community.
Get the people with years of experience in transport, not the ‘paper experts’, together with the politicians and form a group. Will the new Yorkshire Transport Action group suffice?
There are plenty with ideas out there whose plans should be evaluated and appraised.
Publicise the details and get the people who will be using the scheme to give their verdict – in other words, the travelling public.
Any scheme or plan put forward should adhere to the same criteria, namely feasibility, benefits, necessity, accessibility and availability, cost and funding, flexibility, integration and profitability.
If a system is to succeed it must provide positive answers to the criteria except maybe in the last one.
That is only the case in a private operation where the shareholders become a priority and the travelling public a liability
Let’s hope common sense prevails and the chairman/inspector decides that the whole NGT system is, as Professor Bonsall states, ‘not worthy’.
Denis Angood, Stanningley
How can he run the country?
HOW CAN a man like the Prime Minister who was certainly not born poor, give money away to MPs and others when the working man gets nothing?
He thinks only of money, not even thinking of things that make the world go round.
Did he, like I, live on bread and jam and pork dripping when he was young, have one shilling per week spending money and ten shillings when I started work. He just does not realise what £1 means to the working man.
How can he fail to realise he is not in any position to run a country? We need someone older and wiser than him.
All the money he gives away adds up to what he has to get back to replace it.
That’s why we are in such a mess over the price of petrol.
When I was young a gallon of petrol was one shilling and sixpence, now with all the money he is giving away the tax is absolutely astronomical.
As soon as he gives a rise in April everybody goes mad.
My rent goes up, along with lots of other things and I am no better off than before.
He is running out of ideas of what to tax next. The bedroom tax is a joke. Why not get the money off the MPs who earn about £100,000 with their expenses?
Stephen Cocker, Seacroft
Devolution is a bad idea for all
WHEN PROMISES of more power to Scotland were being made prior to the referendum they were made with no prior conditions attached.
Within hours of the result being announced Cameron shows up in the garden at Number 10 with his ‘English MPs for English matters’ nonsense. Throughout my long life I have voted in general elections knowing that all of those elected would go to a Westminster Parliament and be part of a whole acting as a consensus.
The very thought that a legally elected Labour government could have its power taken away by such a move fills me with dread.
It is a known fact that this country is politically split into two by a line drawn from the Mersey to the Wash. Labour mainly up in the north, Tories in the south.To take away the voting rights of northern (Scottish) Labour MPs would at a stroke of a pen disenfranchise millions of Labour voters in the northern counties.
What it would really mean, and this is the great ideal, that our country would be governed in perpetuity by a right wing capitalist clique led by the Eton mafia. Divide and rule has always been a tactic used by the Tory Party but what surprises me is how much of the public go along with this destructive ploy.
Anyone in favour of this latest one should think twice.
R Pearson, Burmantofts
None of us have a right to a seat
There have been many responses to Nick Keer’s letter about not standing up on the bus for elderly passengers (YEP, September 20).
I didn’t think that each and every one one of us be it, young, inbetween or elderly, paying passenger or with a valid bus pass had the right to a seat on a bus.
Elizabeth Bellhouse, Leeds
They make their own rules up
The Government has announced that insurers are no longer allowed to calculate premiums for drivers based on gender.
One has to ask why the same thing doesn’t apply to young and older drivers?
But here is a thing, when reading through the rules relating to age discrimination it states:
‘Insurers are able to legitimately calculate premiums as they see fit’. In other words they have carte blanche to do as they wish. Now isn’t this convenient?
But within the same paragraph it also states:
‘Unless there are reasons for them not to be allowed do so’.
Well, wouldn’t one expect that maximum no claims bonus and 69 years of accident free driving would be good enough reasons for not having to suffer discrimination on the premise of age, and the obscene prices charged because of it?
Ernest Lundy, Beeston
So nice to read a happy story
There are so many sad articles in the YEP regarding young people dying of cancer.
What a lovely refreshing read it was regarding little Kendal Jessop, who has been given the all clear (YEP, September 30).
Such a tough start to her life, I pray she has many happy years in front of her.
Tyrone Baird, Leeds
We really have learned nowt
‘The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.’
So said Cicero in 55BC. So evidently we’ve learned b***** all over the past 2,069 years.
Terry Watson, Adel