YEP Letters: October 26

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Working to tackle extremism

Muhammad S Nayyer, Acting President/Secretary External Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Leeds

We welcome the Prime Minister’s focus to tackle extremism. We have always been clear that this requires a collective effort and it is good to see the Government take a lead in setting a clear framework for action to support communities in this work.

It is also absolutely right that the strategy looks to root out Islamophobia and far right extremism.

The strategy rightly reasserts that extremism is not justified by any faith. Islam is a religion of peace and whilst some claim to act in its name when they carry out atrocities, the truth is that they act completely against everything that Islam stands for.

There is no single solution to tackling extremism but the media and internet are key areas for firm action where for too long extremists have been allowed to propagate their divisive narrative, and authorities have been reluctant to act for fear of diminishing the right of free speech.

By tackling extremism we uphold freedoms rather than undermine them so we support tougher action in this area. We also welcome the drive to review the role of the public sector – it is vital that radicalisation is not allowed to seep into pubic funded bodies.

Our Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has repeatedly spoken of the need for the authorities and communities to be vigilant so that radicalisation can be nipped in the bud.

He has also called for the media to play its part in giving due time and space for voices of moderation and peace.

We stand ready to work with the Government in tackling extremism. We ensure that our youth are actively engaged in serving mankind.

Next month our youth will once again be on the streets collecting for the Poppy Appeal – by ingraining our youth with the true teachings of Islam and its values of loyalty, freedom and peace we will ensure that they remain dedicated to the promotion of peace.

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Living wage: a slap on wrist?

Ernest Lundy, by email

While having to admit (or at least assume) that many small employers may not be able to afford paying the so-called living wage, I don’t suppose many are surprised to learn that hundreds of those capable of doing so are to be named and shamed, as they put it, for not conforming. I’d just be interested to know what the government intends to do about it! Or will it be just a slap on the wrist, like members of their own establishment who fiddled their expenses or have money in off-shore accounts to evade their liabilities? As for the attack on tax credits, although I’ve never had any, if employers making large profits were made to meet up with their obligations, the need to pay tax credits would become extinct. We can always hope! Although like a respectable pension for our OAPs, it could just be a pipe dream.

Not on side of the workers

T Maunder, Kirkstall

I don’t know why people are writing in and expressing concern/anger/surprise over Cameron’s government cutting tax credits (YEP 20 October).

Perhaps they would also do the same if they were told funding for women’s refuges from domestic violence has also been cut? That one has been kept quiet.

This is a Tory government and it’s what they do. They are NOT on the side of working people: that was an election slogan and you’re daft if you believed it.

They despise the working class despite the fact that many of THEM are rich from inherited wealth and have never done a real job.

They want only to protect their own class and keep us subservient to their playground bullying and ideological nastiness and cruelty.

The steel industry crisis is a direct result of trade and investment with “our Chinese partners” as Hammond has called them this morning. Protests that they DO challenge China’s human rights record is just a smoke screen. Cameron and May make clear their archaic attitudes to human rights.

Hunt’s history with health care companies is hugely questionable, as is that of Duncan Smith with benefits. They are Tories and, ipso facto, not very pleasant ideologically: it’s why they came into existence in the first place, to protect the Establishment, the rich, the well connected and the powerful.

Time to arm police?

D S Boyes, Leeds 13

WITH yet another police officer killed on duty, mown down by a robber in a stolen pick up truck, is it time for the police to be armed?

When dealing with ever more desperate criminals with no respect for the law or human life, is a baton and a CS gas spray adequate protection in such circumstances?

I have driven across 16 countries on mainland Europe and Scandinavia, and all police there, even customs officers, are routinely armed.

On top of that, without the death penalty just what deterrent is there today, with so many prepared to kill without a thought?

The grisly ritual of judicial hanging could be replaced by other methods, even renamed permanent removal from society for example, but something needs to be done. It’s over 30 years since another officer was killed on duty in Merseyside, but over the last 40-odd years, four officers have been shot dead in West Yorkshire, three of them in Leeds itself, is this often forgotten by the public?

Why are our politicians who have no qualms over dropping bombs on civilian targets in the Middle East so mealy mouthed, so squeamish about problems here?

Postal charges are good value

A Hague, Leeds 9

I have just read that posting costs are increasing and someone is upset because of it.

I think posting is good value, more so if it travels many miles like say Leeds to London or Wales. It would be much fairer if there was a sliding scale, say 40p for anywhere in Leeds and £1 for anywhere in Yorkshire.

Mobiles now rule for passing messages but can be very time consuming and costly as well.

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