I thought it was April 1 when I heard that Tony Blair had been given the Philanthropist of the Year award by GQ magazine.
According to the dictionary, philanthropy is ‘a desire to help mankind’.
If there was an award for the most hated man in the world, he would win it hands down.
He is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians and servicemen and women in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He lied to Parliament over Iraq and should have been tried for treason.
Britain was the envy of the EU when New Labour took over from the Conservatives. The economy had recovered from the mess the last Labour government had left.
The International Monetary Fund said it was an example to the world what had been achieved.
This didn’t last for long, we were soon billions in debt again.
The National Health Service soon became the World Health Service thanks to Blair’s open borders policy. So now the NHS which he was going to save is billions in debt.
William Hague had it exactly right when he said that in 20 years of politics Blair has betrayed every cause he believed in, contradicted every statement he has made, and breached every cause he has entered into – a lifetime of U-turns and sell outs.
David Cameron called himself ‘Heir to Blair’. Come the election it will be ‘Heir to today, gone tomorrow’.
Terry Watson, Adel
Comments are just insulting
I read with some dismay the letter from Paul Kilroy denigrating Leeds for its lack of support for Bradford (YEP, September 10).
While I agree that Bradford needs support in some areas, the comment that Leeds was a ‘squalid backwater known for its spivery and ability to avoid German bombers’ is insulting.
When bombs fell in the Woodhouse area of the city a number of families lost their lives. Was he old enough to remember Leeds at this time? Or is he just looking for a place to vent his anger.
If Bradford means so much to him the answer is simple.
Leave Leeds and move there.
Elaine Denkinson, Woodhouse
Destruction of our heritage
‘The large Piazza level [of the Corn Exchange] has hosted occasional events but has otherwise been empty since the Piazza by Anthony brasserie suddenly folded in June 2013’ (YEP, September 5).
Who’s bothered about the Corn Exchange? We have Trinity.
Who’s bothered about Kirkgate Market? We will have the Victoria Gate ‘hub’.
Who’s bothered about the needless destruction of our precious, local heritage?
Do I hear only silence?
Mike Harwood, Kirkstall
Time to face the financial facts
The Office for National Statistics states that the British save less money than only one other country in the world, Egypt.
A variety of reasons can be produced to solve this question, with one or more certainly providing the answer.
In the first place this sorry situation illustrates the fact that the average worker or family, due to ever rising costs, has insufficient disposable income to save after bills and other essentials have been met.
Secondly, when considering the totally inadequate returns from years of savings or investments, is it any wonder that people can find better use for any spare cash?
Furthermore, many are put off by the soiled image of banks and other institutions in the recent past.
And with our pensioners on a lower rate than most other European countries, those without private pensions are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
It is time those at the helm of our inadequate and seemingly uncaring political parties took notice of the fact that few are financially as secure as them, or likely to be in the foreseeable future.
The recent suggestion by Labour’s Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves that those on £60,000 a year are not rich, is very rich indeed.
There are many who can only dream of such a sum.
Ernest Lundy, Beeston
Patients need to quell demands
ACCORDING to Carol Gannon (YEP, September 3), we need more GPs working in the busy periods and fewer in the not so busy to solve the problem of not being able to access a GP for two to three weeks.
If only it was that simple.
There is a serious shortage of GPs nationwide with most practices understaffed.
I think the recent media headline of waiting two weeks to see a GP has a lot to answer for.
How many of these patients were requesting they see a particular doctor I wonder, because that wouldn’t necessarily be possible when doctors who often work a 12-hour day don’t work every day.
At the surgery I work for we would normally ask the patient if they consider an appointment urgent as we would only have a limited number of same-day appointments.
They may say ‘yes’ as they have the day off or can’t come when we offer an appointment as they are at work.
We as receptionists have to assess the need and where possible offer a solution. Usually this is without the need to wait two weeks.
I have worked at Fieldhead Surgery in Horsforth for over 15 years and in that time I have seen the demand and expectations from patients rise year on year.
I think the time has come for patients to be a little more considerate with their demands, especially when failing to attend or cancelling appointments when the NHS is so overstretched.
Carolyn Hulland, Horsforth
Watch how you describe us!
CAN I please ask politicians and others to refrain from using the term ‘ageing population’?
We are the human beings that fought for the welfare state, the NHS, holidays with pay, child benefits and so on.
So show some respect and kindness, we have earned it with our hard work and efforts.
Robert Holman, Headingley
Print in English not in French
WE are sometimes urged to buy goods which are imported from abroad.
How often do we United Kingdom citizens find that the instructions printed on these items are published and printed either in French or Spanish?
These importers should instruct their suppliers to please print instructions in English and not French and Spanish.
I am this week contacting my constituency Labour party and requesting my European MP representative raises this issue in the European parliament.
Exporters from Europe should hire highly paid linguist translators to resolve this vexing problem.
Ethyr Davies, North Wales
Have viewers noticed this?
Anyone noticed how the new Australian male dancer on Strictly Come Dancing looks like the ‘emotional man’ character from the film Bedazzled?
Does this mean he will burst into tears every time his dancing goes well?
Terry Maunder, Leeds