From: Catherine Harries, Yafforth.
REGARDING litter, I was taken aback to find someone else who thinks as I do (Tom Richmond, The Yorkshire Post, July 23).
We came back from Tutxing in Bavaria a week ago amd were alarmed to realise how awful are the state of our roads.
We flew into Manchester and drove on the M1 and A1.
I immediately shared my thoughts with my husband – there seems to be a fundamental pride in Germany.
Certainly in Bavaria with regard to the ‘look’ of the area – the roads are so clean. the side of the roads are neat and without litter. It’s as though we are far too complacent.
In fact I said that I would write to Mrs Leadsom, the new Envvironment Secretary, and encourage her to visit Bavaria.
I do find it so depressing and feel the Government needs a big shake to make them appreciate what is important to ‘normal’ people.
So tired of the ‘martyrs’
From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.
LIKE Tony Lazenby (The Yorkshire Post, July 28), I have “come through a world war, tough economic downturns and – being a northerner – weathered hard times” though not, perhaps, as he claims “beyond the experience of our more fortunate southern neighbours.”
I was under the impression that Londoners had a tough time during the war. Also, as a working class boy, I benefited from the introduction of the NHS, the 11-plus, free university tuition fees, social mobility and the exponential rise in house prices.
I get tired of the martyrdom of some of my generation.
Good sense to rethink deal
From: Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor.
THANKFULLY this new Government has got the common sense, and bottle, to halt and re-think this contract with EDF for the nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point.
Frankly, to have gone ahead would have been in the long term a total financial disaster for our country, especially with the ludicrous purchasing payment for energy produced that had been agreed by Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Energy Secretary, who failed dismally to understand the true ramifications of such a poor deal.
Would anyone with a modicum of common sense enter any deal with a company that was struggling financially? Would anyone who had the best interests of the consumer tie us into a deal that would cost the consumer far more in the long term? And, furthermore, would anyone in their right mind endorse a design that has already hit problems? I don’t think so!
If the Government acts sensibly, it will abandon the EDF/Chinese deal and go for other smaller nuclear projects that have been suggested and that are readily available – these designs are already proven and can be built far more quickly and far more cheaply.
From: Brian Ormondroyd, Ilkley.
RE Hinkley Point nuclear power station (The Yorkshire Post, July 30).
French company EDF. Decision made in Paris. Chinese cash. Dodgy outdated technology.Every rising building costs. Failure in constructions in other countries.
Double the cost of energy, electricity for GB consumers for 30 or more years. Safety fears on all counts.
Disposal of waste material? Surely l have missed something? We must not, cannot go down the nuclear road. Again one could go on. The alternative energy sources...
From: John Fisher, Menwith Hill, Harrogate.
WITH the high cost of the electricity produced by the reactor, this is yet another waste of taxpayers’ money.
Trident threat unchristian
From: Frank McManus, Longfield Road, Todmorden.
PAUL Emsley (The Yorkshire Post, July 25) “runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds”, calling Trident a “nuclear deterrent” that gives Britain the option of “both a first and a second strike capability”.
This admits that deterrence “doesn’t hold water”, for it is supposed to obviate nuclear strikes.
We live in a world where terrorists kill at random for no good purpose, and now our Parliament follows suit almost unanimously apart from Corbynite Labour and the SNP, failing to recognise that Trident’s H-bombs are vastly more destructive than the A-bombs of 1945. Their fallout alone would be lethal on continental scale, so their supporters are not only potential mass murderers but also mass suicidal lemmings.
I have written to Theresa May, as Christian to Christian, saying that though she may justify her genocidal readiness by its deterrent effect on “our remedies”, she can’t use Trident since the Gospel says “Love your Enemies”.
Top marks for ward’s staff
From: Margaret Walton, Pudsey.
I WAS discharged the other evening after a few days as an inpatient on the acute medical assessment ward at St James’s Hospital, Leeds.
I cannot praise the staff enough from the consultants to the domestic staff (Jayne Dowle, The Yorkshire Post, July 28).
Buzzers were answered within minutes, medication and procedures clearly explained. Clean bed linen every day. Consultant and his team on the ward every day.
Nurses professional caring and smiley. Even a washbowl every morning complete with toothbrush and toiletries. Ten out of ten. Thank you.