How Yorkshire can be free from dead hand of Westminster

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From: Billy Walton, Dairy Lane, Darley, Harrogate.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Whatley (The Yorkshire Post, July 9), for reinforcing our already very low opinion of the people who inhabit our capital city.

Recently we invited a representative of Welcome to Yorkshire to present a talk to the Nidderdale Society about how Yorkshire had fought very hard against strong competition to secure Le Grand Départ.

During his presentation we learned that Edinburgh had also put in a bid to secure this event and – surprise, surprise – the Westminster government had thrown their influence and the taxpayers’ money to support the Scottish bid against the Yorkshire one. It becomes more and more obvious with each fact that emerges that the Southerners are no friends of ours and we would be well rid of the lot of them.

I also have strong feelings about Westminster giving the Scots the sole right to decide on the break up of the United Kingdom. If this is to be put to a referendum, surely every single member of the United Kingdom has an equal right to take part in such a momentous decision and we all should be given the choice?

If this happens, it may come as a big surprise to find out how many of us would vote to get rid of the Scots and it would be in the interest of the Scottish National Party to go down this road. Should the Scots gain their independence, then it is only fair that the Welsh and Irish be given theirs also and England left alone to manage this country. So why stop there? Let’s carry on and create a federation of separate counties and then – and only then – will Yorkshire be in charge of its own destiny and able to shake off the dead hand of Westminster.

I would advocate an independent Yorkshire being governed by a committee of Yorkshire housewives with their ability to work to a tight budget and live within their means and we should all be much better off.

From: H. Marjorie Gill, Clarence Drive, Menston.

REGARDING street paving and the Tour de France, the term ‘cobbles’ refers to the streets of seaside towns and villages where the rounded pebbles were dredged from the beaches and used to pave the local streets, much cheaper than using cut stone, but rather nasty to walk or cycle on.

The streets of inland 
towns and villages were 
paved with oblong stones called ‘setts’ and this is the name of the paving in Haworth, not cobbles as frequently used by reporters to describe the streets in Haworth.