YP Letters: Terror attack shows vital role of police

Parliament was the scene of a terrorist atrocity on Wednesday.
Parliament was the scene of a terrorist atrocity on Wednesday.
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From: Peter Hyde, Driffield.

PERHAPS now that there has been a terrorist attack at the heart of Westminster, Theresa May will realise that her victory over the Police Federation was an empty one.

Her cutting of police funding is putting us all in danger of being targets of both criminals and terrorists and she will reverse her original idea of doing battle with those designated to look after our safety.

From: Philip Guest, Everingham, York.

IN my view, it is high time that emergency powers were enacted, or if necessary the Royal Prerogative used, to deport all those of whom the police have reasonable evidence that they are involved with or supporting terrorism, to their country of origin.

We are under constant threat. How many have to die before we are shaken out of our ivory tower?

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

HOW come terrorists ranging from Ben-Gurion to Arafat, Mandela and many more, and now including Martin McGuinness, are all lauded after death, some before, as good human beings? Not one any different whatsoever from the latest London terrorist killer.

From: Barrie Crowther, Walton, Wakefield.

IT’S about time our so-called top brass refused to co-operate with the scandalous witch hunt of our servicemen who were deployed in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

To allow a 74-year-old veteran to be prosecuted, while allowing the likes of Martin McGuinness to walk free, shows a lack of common sense judgement.

In the interim, how long will it be before some do-gooder asks for the arrest on a murder charge of the policeman who shot the terrorist at Westminster?

From: DS Boyes, Leeds.

I SINCERELY hope that the brave Metropolitan Police officer who gave his life in defence of the core of our civilised democratic society that the Palace of Westminster represents, will be recommended for the posthumous award of this country’s highest civilian honour – the George Cross.

Rail air link a non-starter

From: Trevor Dale, Bilton, Harrogate.

RE Leeds Bradford Airport’s proposed parkway station. I have had recent experience of Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Adelaide and Hong Kong airports dealing with one or two heavy bags. In Hong Kong one catches a train to immigration!

I now know for a fact that I would never use the facility that is being proposed for the Leeds Bradford Parkway station.

Who in their right mind is going to park a car, manhandle luggage to a train and struggle 
to get it on board, then struggle to get it off and then up a ramp/or stairs, to wait for a bus, and then repeat the exercise?

Manchester Airport station (and the broken travellators and lifts leading to it) is bad enough and Leeds station (which prohibits heavy baggage on escalators) is not much better.

With Manchester being such a large airport, one could easily dispense with LBA.

All it would take is the airport to waive its charges and make it more attractive to drop off directly (as everywhere else does) to ruin this scheme completely.

Why seek EU culture role?

From: John D Hill, Moor Ley, Birdwell, Barnsley.

I KEEP reading about Leeds bidding to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Am I missing something here? According to my research, the European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises cultural events with a strong European dimension. It exists to promote the EU.

Given that we will leave the EU in 2019, I doubt if Leeds’s bid will gain much support. People may therefore consider the whole exercise a waste of time and money.

Yorkshire’s TV debut

From: L Swinburne, Leeds.

RE Picture Past (The Yorkshire Post, March 21). The photo which shows the cast of Inheritance taking a break, also shows the author of the novel, Phyllis Bentley, sitting on the step with them.

We remember the excitement when a true Yorkshire story 
was broadcast for the first 
time, with genuine Yorkshire accents​!

It was on the radio originally, then on the television. Sally Wainwright is not the first female Yorkshire writer to get on telly.

Big egos and small mercies

From: Diana M Priestley, The Parkway, Darley Dale.

I READ with interest Dan Cruickshank’s interview (The Yorkshire Post, March 15). Speaking of architects, he concludes “so we don’t need more egos, instead we just need a bit more patching and mending”.

How right he is, and not just in architecture.

HS2 comes to mind: Do we need a huge new railway, or should we make the ones we have work for the commuters?

Education: Do we need vast all-age establishments or should we improve our much-loved village schools?

Hospitals: Do we need enormous palaces of medicine where no one can park and no one knows anyone else, or should we put money into cosy cottage hospitals where patients feel safe and close to their relatives?

The Church of England: Does anyone relate to the colossal ‘Diocese of Leeds’, or would they prefer well-known and more local pastoral care?

All these big ideas have been spearheaded by someone with an inflated ego.

As Dan remarked, we just need a bit more patching and mending.