Letters May 9: A positive approach to the economy

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From: James Mosley, Lindley, Huddersfield.

THE Conservatives may not be perfect, but at least they try to look at things in a positive manner, and maintain and create employment, which has increased continually over the past two to three years.

The fly in the ointment is the Scottish National Party, who are again after “everything plus more” for Scottish voters (they already receive greater monetary benefit than England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Perhaps the time has arrived for any party contesting seats in Parliament to put forward a minimum of 250 candidates. It is no longer a game, but deadly serious.

From: John G Davies, Alma Terrace, East Morton, Keighley.

REGARDING John Eteson’s memories of the economy inherited from the government of Clement Attlee in 1951 (The Yorkshire Post, May 5). He ignores the huge cost of the war, but the economy had been improving compared to 1945.

The period from 1946 to 1951 saw continuous full employment and steadily rising living standards, which increased by about 10 per cent a year. During that same period, the economy grew by three per cent a year, the best performance in Europe.

It also laid the foundations for the “Butskellite consensus” where Keynesian economics ruled until Margaret Thatcher. Attlee’s economic record sounds rather better than the neoliberal market economy of David Cameron and George Osborne.

From: JG Riseley, Harrogate.

DAVID Cameron seeks to reassure us he knows there are still “fears and worries” regarding immigration.

Does this sound to you like someone who recognises ongoing net mass immigration as a major injustice and a betrayal of the British people? To me it sounds more like a counsellor trying to calm a phobia-suffering patient while he prepares to continue the desensitisation therapy.

The Tory leader tough on immigration? Only so long as we keep Ukip nipping at his heels.

From: Patricia Schofield, Park Lane, Blaxton, Doncaster.

IT was with great interest that I read Andrew Allison’s column “We can’t afford to forget about defence of the UK” (The Yorkshire Post, May 6). It is good that we have a strong and growing economy, but alongside this we need a strong defence policy.

From: Pamela Z Frankland, Hull Road, Dunnington, York.

YOUR headline “Big price cuts eat into farm profits” (The Yorkshire Post, May 2) begs the question “what profits?”

The last three years have been disastrous for much of farming. Corn prices are dire along with root crops, pigs, poultry and meats. The dairy industry has suffered for a decade at least.

The wettest year, 2012, saw low yields of wheat and other cereals, consequently (despite better prices) did not amount to much.

All our costs, fertiliser, necessary sprays etc spiral upwards along with machinery with combines, tractors, sprayers etc bought and paid for over several years.

The NFU should know more than most the parlous state of British farming. No wonder agriculture students go into farming industries other than actual farming.

Local accountants paint a negative picture for farming. I predict there will be no farmers left unless circumstances alter.

With the price of land, short term lets, market forces, HP and bank overdrafts, we are bleeding to death. We provide the goods but are at the bottom of the financial pile. NFU take note.

From: Dai Woosnam, Scartho, Grimsby.

TWO weeks ago, I joined in the standing ovation at the end of a screening of the Russell Brand/Michael Winterbottom film The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Brand had made an articulate and principled argument against voting: and I for one, have never needed convincing that abstention is a vital part of the democratic process.

But now just days later, Brand is damaged goods by holing himself below the waterline, in allowing himself to be seduced by Ed Miliband’s folly in being the only major party leader to climb the stairs to his loft.

By advocating we vote for Labour, Brand lost many fans like myself. But more importantly, such is the hatred Middle England has for him, he caused those still undecided to vote Tory in their droves.

From: Coun Tim Mickleburgh (Lab), Grimsby.

THOSE who voted Liberal Democrat in 2010 must be ruing the day. For not only did they end up propping up a right wing Tory government, five years later they’ve seen Nick Clegg’s party soundly beaten and the return of David Cameron with an overall majority. A sad night therefore for both Britain’s second and former third party.

From: Les Arnott, Sheffield.

IN 2010, the Lib Dems (and former Liberals) after decades of praying to hold the balance of power at Westminster, found it had come to pass.

Their desire was to force the introduction of Proportional Representation, Their arguments were for “fairness in the electoral system”. How strange, when they could have demanded that plus a king’s ransom or better – and got it – they settled for a referendum on the absurd AV+ system.

Why did it happen? They were simply terrified that Ukip would gain a fair share of the vote as (perhaps ironically) they manage to do in EU elections. Well that decision has bitten back. Hoist with their own petard!