YEP Letters: September 17

Have your say

Some news programmes are saying that someone had to take the full blame for Rotherham and Shaun Wright is ‘the fall guy’. Except he won’t be the fall guy will he?

I hope the relevant authorities will now show their much touted ‘transparency’ (along with the phrase ‘lessons will be learned’, one of the most specious concepts of the modern age) and let the public know exactly what his pay-off will be. This is, after all, a measurement of our modern world: failure and incompetence are routinely rewarded, particularly in the so-called ‘caring services’.

Let’s see if the Establishment dares to reward this particular failure, given the number of victims and their ages. Imagine, just imagine, being one of these girls or their parents and then watching him get a pay-off.

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

I believe Shaun Wright should have stayed put as Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire.

While he may have been the councillor in charge of children’s services in Rotherham for five of the years the abuse of children took place, other people held that post for the nine years before and after him.

Why are the media and politicians not harassing these people and demanding that they resign from whatever jobs they are doing now?

The abuse went on no matter who was overseeing children’s services, which suggests the problem was intrinsic throughout the system at all levels.

Shaun Wright is being used as a high profile scapegoat.

If he had stayed in his position, politicians and the media would have kept the Rotherham abuse issue in the spotlight meaning that changes would have had to be made throughout the rotten system.

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Country’s fate with Mr Nobody

People born in Scotland but not living there are not allowed to vote in the Scottish referendum.

Yet people who were born anywhere else in the world but live in Scotland are allowed to vote, as can young people over the age of 16.

It seems incredible that a Mr Nobody can wield so much power in deciding a country’s fate.

If people vote to opt out of the UK and go it alone and things go squiff up, does this mean the Scots cannot come back to the UK?

The sooner this vote is over, the better, then we English can get on with more important things.

I honestly think that Scottish independence will be a big mistake.

At least if they vote against it will be goodbye to Alex Salmond who could make friends with Nick Clegg, because all they want is the destruction of the Government.

Ken Fleming, 

The reason why the Scots are holding an independence referendum is as a means of protection from a repeat of the Tory regimes of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, whose governments did so much damage to Scottish industry.

The yes to independence campaign want to see the billions of pounds wasted on illegal wars and nuclear weapons spent on reducing child poverty and improving the health and education of ordinary people.

The breaking up of the British state will reduce the power of our own Prime Minister to support the American government’s ability to intervene military in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan and the awful waste of life that follows 
with it.

That is to be welcomed.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Whatever the outcome, I for one will be very glad when the Scottish referendum is over and done with.

Then we won’t have to suffer that obnoxious little toad Alex Salmond and his henchwoman on our TV screens every night.

John Wainwright, 

Planning rules not enforced

We can sympathise with A Hague (YEP, September 13).

We had a ‘normal’ suburban semi up our road. Plans were approved for the addition of a granny flat.

Yet the reality was that as soon as it was built it was let as an 11 – yes, 11 – bedroom student house.

Nothing that we have done over the past eight years has made any difference.

It seems to me that the enforcement arm of planning either lacks bite or is poorly staffed – to put it politely.

Margaret Drummond, Far Headingley

Question of cycle safety

I wonder how many of the self-proclaimed ‘cycle safety’ experts are cyclists?

Likewise, how many of the cycle trainers, particularly those teaching the RoSPA course, are themselves cyclists?

I took the then Cycling Proficiency at eight-years-old and currently there are several different cycle training schemes available.

The one I often see seems to suffer from the old problem of information flowing into one ear and immediately exiting the other without making any impression en route.

William Houlder, Pontefract

Devoted to The Beatles

In the recent past the YEP has been kind enough to print my comments (mainly critical), regarding the quality and content of TV programmes.

We have just stayed up way beyond our normal bedtime to watch the programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on American TV on The Ed Sullivan Show.

This was not simply a sycophantic tribute but a true testament to the talents of the four wonderful singers/songwriters and musicians who exerted their musical influence on so many people both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

What made the occasion even more special was the modern interpretation of so many classics by current performers.

I can’t remember when we last sang along to so many songs.

Several of we Meanwood lads in the late sixties and early seventies decided that our utter devotion to the Beatles had to go a step further.

We renamed our local football team Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This caused much consternation at the YEP and our scores, or lack thereof, were always declared as ‘Sgt Pepper’s 0...’

Column space must have been as tight then as it is now.

Several of us are still very close and still married to the long suffering ladies who turned up all over Leeds thinking that their boyfriends could play football.

Happy, happy days, and if they wish to help me organise a reunion then that would be absolutely amazing.

The Beatles would be proud of us!

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Taxis taking up car park spaces

I have just tried to park on the car park at Lidgett Hill in Pudsey.

I found that at least six of the spaces were taken up by a local taxi firm’s vehicles.

Is it council policy to allow the said firm to park there while waiting for a fare?

This car park is well used at all times and should not be used by taxi firms during the day.

Alan Mazurke, Leeds

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