Letters, September 19: The migrant crisis, ‘arrogant’ cyclists and self-service supermarket tills

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From: Mr J Brown, Lamb Lane, Monk Bretton, Barnsley.

At the Barnsley Council meeting held on November 19, 2004, I read out a supplementary question I had written down because I anticipated evasions of my main question.

This was as follows: “Given that a High Court judge has stated, in judgement, that 80 per cent of these people (illegal immigrants) do not register their port of entry, or tell a lie at their port of entry, about their reasons for coming into the country, is it not time we stopped aiding and abetting them?”

Throughout the years of Labour’s open door policy I was consistently reproved and corrected for using “illegal immigrants” rather than “refugees” or “asylum seekers”.

Plucky little Hungary has set the cat among the pigeons by enforcing European law.

From: Paul Muller, Woodthorpe Gardens, Sandal, Wakefield.

Many Hungarian men escaped from persecution in Hungary in 1956 to Western Europe and Great Britain. We accepted them; we did not put up razor wire fences to keep them in Hungary to be killed by soldiers from the Soviet Union.

I was a 19-year-old medical student in Sheffield when I had a holiday job as a porter in the old Jessop’s Hospital in 1956, the time of the Hungarian Uprising.

During quiet times the theatre sister and I would teach a young Hungarian man (also a theatre porter) English.

This young Hungarian was a hotelier back home; he eventually married the theatre sister and subsequently they set up a very successful restaurant.

The Hungarians should look back to their own troubled history when their young men became refugees, and take down the razor wire fences.

From: John Watson, Hutton Hill, Leyburn.

Most of the hostilities taking place in the Middle East today are essentially caused by religion. Which ever way one looks at the situation in Syria, Iraq, Palestine or Lebanon, it is pretty obvious that’s what is occurring.

If Gadaffi and Saddam were still alive the migrant problem would be non-existent. I supported the move to get rid of these two tyrants but I think I was wrong.

Do we want to watch every night the misery of fellow human beings, women and children trying to escape from their homeland, some not surviving, or the alternative of people living under a dictatorship? I don’t know.

The arrogance of cyclists

From: Elisabeth Baker, Leeds.

The arrogance of Mr E Grainger (The Yorkshire Post, September 17) in his attitude to pedestrians is typical of that of very many cyclists.

He complains that the riverside walk in Knaresborough (which he concedes is not marked out as a shared route for cyclists and pedestrians) is wide in places and “this merely encourages walkers and pedestrians to make full use of the width so that often a party of walkers will be spread across the walkway”.

This they are perfectly entitled to do. It is, after all a “walk”.

He expects all pedestrians to give way to all cyclists. Why should cyclists think that they have right of way over pedestrians

It would be refreshing to hear of a cyclist dismounting to go round any pedestrians they wish to pass.

Recently a cyclist rode towards me on a pavement at speed, head down so he could not see where he was going or who was ahead of him.

At the last moment he looked up and saw me. He swerved and as he did so I called to him that cycling on the pavement was illegal. His response? “So what?”

Vicars should give up homes to homeless

From: David Treacher, Nelson Road, Hull.

We hear from church leaders of people being homeless. But many vicars live alone or just with a partner in large, rent-free houses.

What is wrong with them living in a flat and letting homeless people live in their houses, rent-free or in return for a cheap rent?

Ban self-service tills

From: Xavier Sharpless, Grove Lane, Leeds.

Whilst most supermarket chains remain in a baffling coma when it comes to exasperating, time consuming self-service machines, I’m sure the majority of shoppers applaud the decision of Morrisons to phase the damned things out.