YEP Letters: October 22

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A pay review recommended a 10 per cent pay rise for MPs which was fully accepted by government.

A pay review recommended a one per cent pay rise for workers in the NHS which was rejected by the Government as unaffordable.

The people rejecting this miserly rise are the ones who sold off Royal Mail at 60 per cent of its true value.

The kind of people who sold off the railway companies which are now mostly now in the hands of foreign speculators.

They handed us over to our utilities suppliers, water, gas, electricity, to be squeezed dry with over the top price increases. They have given us four and a half years of austerity, to what end?

When I use the word us who am I referring to? Certainly not those in Parliament, certainly not those in top jobs of industry whose pay has risen 20 times faster than anyone else.

Not those in the financial institutions and banks who were, and are, responsible for the financial crash which created the need for austerity.

To quote Mark Carney, “They are still playing at the top golf courses.”

Not only that, but because of the right to buy scheme, under which banks have to provide both mortgage and deposit cash, banks have cut virtually all interest rates for small savers, adding even more punishment.

How do the electorate react to this disgusting treatment of the masses?

By voting for a two policy party, which would not change a thing, with the reasoning being fully explained by one such voter as “Mr Farage is a happy, cheerful person who makes me smile.” Heaven help us.

R Pearson, Burmantofts

No truck with tailgaters

Further to the letters from Patsy Laycock and Mark Hall concerning standards on motorways and, in particular, through roadworks, the comments in these two letters just show the lack of tolerance by drivers for fellow drivers.

As a driver for over 50 years, during which time I have been a professional driver as a business driver and until recently a delivery driver, I can see both sides of the argument.

But my main problem with HGV drivers is not the speed but the tailgating (ie bullying) tactics.

There is nothing worse on a motorway than having a 40 tonne truck trying to get into the boot of your vehicle.

Multiple pile-ups on our roads are usually caused by tailgating. Stick to speed limits and keep your distance and we’ll all arrive safely.

Only a fool ignores the two-second rule.

Colin Milner, Leeds

Images that live in the memory

It wasn’t until seeing the article in the YEP and the man himself on Calendar that I realised how much so many of Steve Riding’s photographs have stayed in the memory – often more than the written articles they accompanied!

Surely a great photo book must be due, from Bowie to Bremner, mods to rockers etc, so many iconic photos.

Virginia Plain, Moortown

Language of bulldog spirit

J Taylor is right (YEP, October 16), we British will never give in.

Some time ago I attended a class on the origins of the English language, during which we learned how it changed because of these invasions, until William the Conqueror arrived with his Norman French.

Bringing in his foreign nobles, he would have expected to erase the language of his new subjects.

Unfortunately, his nobles eventually had to marry British women, and the old saying “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” was his downfall, for our newly married ladies spoke only one language – to their children.

Our language was so strong, that I was told that in Winston Churchill’s famous “we will fight them on the beaches” speech, all the words come directly from Old English, except one – “surrender”.

I rest my case.

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

War victims on the hoof

If YEP readers go to the Leeds War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, they’ll notice people wearing purple poppies next to their red poppies. The purples are for all the animals who suffered in human conflicts.

The British Army sent more than a million horses into battle in the 1914-18 war, and Army veterinary surgeons often spent long winter days working with injured horses and mules near the front line, usually standing up to their knees in slippery, poisonous mud.

My grandad, who was from Leeds, served as an ambulance driver in the First World War. Many other soldiers who were not medically trained were assigned to the veterinary corps to tend the casualties.

But while nursing a horse back to health ought to have been fulfilling, there was little comfort in knowing that it would soon be sent back into battle.

The men had a tough enough time but still had feelings for the horses.

Some men grew as close to the horses as to their fellow soldiers, and felt their loss as deeply.

And so we wear the purple poppy and lay a purple wreath on the Leeds War Memorial.

It is a small thing that we can do to mark the horses’ contribution to the British Army in the war, and to remember the compassion, and the sorrow, of the men who cared for them.

Sue Murray, Seacroft

Poor show on tax allowances

D Boyes (YEP, October 13) sings the praises of the current government and makes the remark that he doesn’t mind losing his age-related allowance because the money saved has enabled the personal tax allowance to be raised, thereby helping the young and lower- paid.

In fact, when the age allowance was abolished in the 2012 Budget the money taken from pensioners was redirected in the same Budget to the richest in society by reducing their tax by 10 per cent, a situation which as a pensioner still annoys me.

With regard to helping people, for every £1,000 increase in the personal allowance the poorest taxpayers will gain £200 a year, while the richest will gain £450 per year. Hence the gap between rich and poor increases, a situation which every economist agrees has happened in the current recession.

I realise that there is an election approaching and supporters of the current government are desperate, but propaganda on this level we will not swallow.

J Hunter, Pudsey

Pass marks for kind soul

I lost my bus pass on the number 50 bus last Friday.

When I went to get another I was pleased to say some kind person had taken it to the bus station. Whoever you are, thank you very much.

Ann Maloney, Leeds

Lynda will live on in our hearts

I am sure I will join many readers in mourning the death of the wonderfully brave Lynda Bellingham.

Her bravery when faced with terminal cancer will, I feel sure, help others faced with similar diagnoses.

Beautiful of body and mind, her memory will live long in my heart.

Rest in peace, Lynda.

Jack Banner, Meanwood

The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth.

YEP Letters: January 16