May 12: Devolution to North would set free region’s many talents

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From: James Hinchliffe, Beck Lane, Bingley.

I AM very much relieved that election fever is over and that David Cameron is back as our Prime Minister, albeit with a small majority which will ensure, hopefully, that he does not renege on his promises.

My greatest desire is that he will put to the top of his list the promise of devolution of power to the North, particularly Yorkshire. It is beyond time that is was realised, and appreciated, by a Southern-based government, the wealth of talent that lied in God’s Own County.

I would be even more convinced of his promise of devolution, if he were to promote our own local Shipley MP Philip Davies into his ranks. Philip Davies is a man who has actually worked for a living and knows what Yorkshire workers are capable of and was not a professional politician. His knowledge of, and experience with, Yorkshire people would be invaluable in any devolution matters. We can all dream, can we not?

From: Robert Bottamley, Thorn Road, Hedon.

I WAS surprised at the number of defeated MPs gripped by depression at their political demise, to the extent that many were weeping openly as the results of their particular campaigns were announced.

The inclination to sympathise with a lame dog down on its luck was perhaps lessened by the memory of continual lectures delivered to the public on the subject of how fortunate we are to have these people representing us, and how much better they could do with a career unhampered by the constraints of Parliament.

Shouldn’t these former MPs be happy that an ungrateful electorate has relieved them of an onerous burden and opened up a whole new world of opportunity for them?

From: Tom Howley, Wetherby.

RUPERT Murdoch was the outright winner of the election. Seeing that the SNP could not be stopped north of the border, his Scottish Sun unashamedly backed the left wing party to take power from Labour.

All who felt sorry for the ruthless newspaper proprietor when he appeared old, weak and humiliated before the Leveson inquiry can now witness the reborn Murdoch, spritely and still determined to decide who will run Britain. In 1931 Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin told the country that the popular Press had the power of the harlot without the responsibility.

Almost a century later, the harlot is still plying her trade.