YEP Letters: October 8

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David Cameron’s speech to the Tory party conference was very impressive, made to look better than it really was when compared with the Miliband disaster.

Unfortunately, no one believes him any more. Most of his promises were pre-election promises, none of which have been honoured.

He promised he would scrap the Human Rights Act so abused by the legal profession, control immigration and renegotiate our terms of EU membership.

He has no intention of leaving the EU. None of the three main political parties want to leave.

Why they are so obsessed with staying in is puzzling. I wish one of the leaders could tell us how our lives are better in any way for being members.

We have paid billions over the years and for what? Our NHS has been ruined. Schools are overcrowded, we have no control over our borders, and we are ruled by a bunch of unelected morons in Brussels.

For this we pay £52m a day for the privilege plus £5bn a year in overseas aid with no audit trail whatsoever.

Cameron says he will get a better deal for us when he finally gets round to negotiations, but he knows very well that all 27 countries will have to agree with the changes.

Thatcher told Blair that the EU had been a complete disaster and to get us out of it.

Instead “keep me popular Tony” surrendered just about everything. Because of lying politicians, some voters are afraid that we will lose trade by leaving the EU.

Just the opposite is the truth. We are doing far more trade with countries outside the EU than ever and could do far more without the red tape and restrictions from Brussels.

Forty countries outside the EU are doing a roaring trade with Europe, China being the main one. They all have trading agreements which is all we need. We could drive a very hard bargain as we import far more from Europe than we export.

We need a PM who is genuinely interested in putting his own country first, not last.

Terry Watson, Adel

Have-nots to get even less

One of David Cameron’s favourite phases over the last four years is “we are all in this together”.

As we come out of recession never has this been more true – although the outcomes for the rich and poor have been so widely different.

Company profits are rising and fat cat bosses’ salaries are rising in leaps and bounds; not forgetting the huge bonuses that they receive, many of which are without justification.

The poor have paid for this by taking home pay which hovers around the minimum wage and to add insult to injury many are on zero hour contracts.

Others are contracted to work many fewer hours than what they actually do, thus impacting on holiday/sick pay.

Over the years the terms and conditions gained are slowly being eroded, whether it be in the public or private sector.

And what of the Government’s role in all this?

They have slashed benefits and have re-established the Victorian concept of the “undeserving” poor; conveniently forgetting that the vast majority of those claiming benefit actually work and only claim because they receive low wages.

Comparatively, we are a relatively wealthy country and it is really time that this wealth was distributed more fairly.

Currently though the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. How can this be seen as fair?

Nick Palin, Garforth

Trolleybus is road to trouble

As someone who lives next to the A660, I know how privileged I am when it comes to buses, having the choice of four different services.

I thus read with interest and sympathy the letter (YEP, October 6) in which Martin Phillips expressed his frustration with the single bus service he gets in part of Tinshill.

Knowing from some of his previous letters to you that he is no supporter of the trolleybus scheme, I fear that if the latter were to go ahead, his frustration would be all the greater.

It has become even clearer at the public inquiry that the frequency of buses in Tinshill and in many other places in Leeds would be severely reduced, if maintained at all.

Christopher Todd, Hyde Park

NHS funds lost in translation

I am diabetic and have to go for retinal eye screening each year.

I noticed on the form they sent me that if I needed an interpreter I should let them know, along with which language would be required. The NHS is for health (there is a clue in the name), not a money wasting organisation.

Hiring interpreters must cost an absolute fortune and should be stopped.

If people cannot understand the language that is their problem, not one for the NHS.

I know for sure that if I was in need of treatment in another country and did not speak the language I would take someone with me that did.

You would probably have to anyway as the NHS is most likely on its own in that respect of hiring interpreters.

The NHS do an excellent job, but a few things need sorting out and this is one of them.

David Green, Thorner

Steel City puts us to shame

ONE notes Sheffield’s decision to redevelop the Don Valley Stadium with £40m of private investment and a £10m Government gift.

Again, a lesson to us of the value of political persuasion and influence.

In contrast, Headingley, in 75 years, has only managed to build a stand and has consequently forfeited its claim to be a major match venue.

Similarly, the cricket ground has lived for 25 years under the threat of losing its Test match status.

Whether it is the central market, a botanical garden, or sports facilities, our supposedly more prosperous and important city constantly falls short of Sheffield.


Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

George and his gondola girl

My darling wife and I have been regular visitors to Venice in the past, even enjoying Carnavale complete with costumes and masks – a fantastic experience.

I must admit that we did not catch the whole of the news broadcast recently when George Clooney took his daughter to visit Venice but sincerely hope that she enjoyed it!

A truly wonderful city with something to offer for all ages. No matter how disparate those ages are!

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Memories of the Majestic

IT IS a shame about the Majestic fire (YEP, October 2). I think I only went there once with my fiancée to see West Side Story in 1962, which I rated as the best ever musical made and still do today.

In those days I was smitten by the leading actress, whose name I can’t remember.

She vanished when on board a boat with her friend, a famous actor, about 20 years ago.

I am surprised West Side Story was not referred to in the Paul Robinson article.

AE Hague, Harehills

Little learned over centuries

Regarding the letters from R Pearson and Terry Watson (YEP, October 2).

R Pearson waffled on and on about devolution when all he seems to be concerned about is the fact that Scottish MPs wouldn’t have been able to vote on English matters.

Terry Watson on the other hand quotes from Cicero 55BC.

You’re quite right Terry, we have learned b***** all!

Barbara Kerrigan, Selby