From: John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge.
SO Mr Austerity, better known as former Prime Minister David Cameron, has given out knighthoods and honours to his mates and golden goodbyes to each of his 20 special advisers.
A petition to honour the man who put his life on the line in assisting Jo Cox on the day she was brutally killed outside Birstall Library was rejected on the grounds that we mere mortals can’t make nominations.
Meanwhile workers in Britain have seen their wages fall 10.4 per cent between 2007 and 2015.
Cameron and his former sidekick George Osborne said ‘we are all in it together’ when clearly we aren’t.
Public libraries are closing or having their hours reduced and Leeds City Council, like other local authorities, is facing up to 2,000 job losses.
If Prime Minister Theresa May is offering anything different she would reject Cameron’s cronyism and the austerity that has been the Tory party’s economic policy for the past six years.
From: Les Arnott, Athelstan Road, Sheffield.
THE National Institute of Economic and Social Research has concluded that there will be no Brexit-caused recession.
However the Tories must do a good job. They have been dealt a superb hand and must play it with a degree of ruthlessness to combat Jean-Claude Juncker’s pettiness.
Remainers – you were clearly wrong. Why did you have to be so very nasty about it all?
War on litter starts at home
From: Ann Hartas, Pickering.
HOW I agree with your correspondents who have raised the matter of litter following Tom Richmond’s recent column.
I dread to think what our visitors from overseas must think. That we don’t love our country, I would guess.
I know most WIs organise a litter pick but that is not enough, everybody needs to be encouraged to take their litter to the nearest bin or if in the car home for disposal, starting with the toddler in the pram whose mum will be too busy on her mobile phone to notice/care what her child is doing. Please, nobody come up with the usual ‘the teachers should be teaching them this’. No, it is the responsibility of parents, the teachers have more than enough to do.
Nuclear power not the answer
From: Jim Gibson, Market Weighton.
AS Theresa May and Philip Hammond ponder the dubious economics surrounding the proposed Hinkley Point deal, it is time to address the fact that even if nuclear power could be produced efficiently in the short term, it cannot be viable as long as there is dangerous radioactive waste as a by-product. Not forgetting to mention extraction, storage/transport of toxic materials.
The former Department of Energy and Climate Change has already refused to answer questions regarding the final destination of radioactive materials, which is very disconcerting (maybe they should ship it to France or China as they have such a vested interest in our future).
Sure waste may be stored for a finite period but some of these products have a half-life of thousands of years, so what happens when these materials become exposed? There’s no such thing as a magical pit in the ground where toxic waste disappears without consequence.
What if a reactor fails or the plant becomes victim to a terrorist attack? A clean-up operation could be devastating both financially and environmentally.
Is it fair to leave such a burden on the next generation? We need more self-sufficient cleaner/renewable forms of generating our own energy that doesn’t involve manipulation by foreign investors.
Region needs a common goal
From: David Collins, Scissett.
CONGRATULATIONS to The Yorkshire Post for your regional voice campaign and letter to the Prime Minister (The Yorkshire Post, August 1).
My only reservation is that we don’t have a singular campaign aim. Giving a Government a choice of tactics is tantamount to giving them a licence to do nothing. As far as I am concerned, the aim should be a Yorkshire assembly. The last thing we need is a series of city fiefdoms sucking what’s left out of the system, after Whitehall has taken the lion’s share. I wouldn’t be averse to a Northern assembly but let’s start with one goal.
Save your lightning bolts
From: Hugh Rogers, Ashby.
I’M not above a little pedantry myself, but really, I think The Yorkshire Post readers are being rather cruel to Rosamund Gray.
Yes, she made a mistake but it was a very common one. Her criticism of broadcasters, though, is well founded. Look North frequently tempts me to throw something at the screen. So save your bolts of grammatical lightning for the real culprits.
End of our powerhouse?
From: Eddie Peart, Rotherham.
DAVID Cameron promised a Northern Powerhouse. Theresa May disagrees (The Yorkshire Post, August 4). She wants a British Powerhouse. We have that now. It is run by London for London.