Politics fails to guard us from the guardians

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From: Robert Reynolds, Harrogate.

OVER the last few months we have seen how senior organisations, ones which we the public have been taught to trust without question, have been found wanting. Falling well below expected standards, they have, at least in my eyes, attained the standard of human fallibility.

Lord Acton once said “All power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”. We are slowly waking up to this fact. Given the opportunity, many people will attempt to cover up their errors. It’s a human trait that child psychologists know only too well.

We have now seen those traits in the police and health services. If true, the accusations involving the Stephen Lawrence family is more than scandalous. It is another warning.

I have found politicians too readily spineless in their dealings with the police, who too readily use “in the interests of public safety...” as a way of getting more power.

Those who supported ID cards and said “If you’re doing nothing wrong, you’ve nothing to fear” must now be embarrassed or stupid if they think nothing needs to change. Sadly, the coalition doesn’t possess the spine to make any protest.

From: Philip Smith, New Walk, Beverley, East Yorkshire.

WHAT a perverse society we live in. The Ian Brady circus continues at vast expense to the tax payer.

Here is a man who murdered five children and wants to die and we won’t let him.

He has been in prison at enormous cost for 47 years since convicted in 1966.

We have continuing legal bills, mental health tribunals, psychologists, prison officers and a nursing team to pay for. Surely murderers should have a right to die for their heinous crimes rather than face decades in jail as pariahs?

Which is more insane – Ian Brady or the system that allows this farce to continue?

Then, through legalised abortion, each year we allow the murder of nearly 190,000 people who deserve to live. Our society is truly sick.

Bus city pupils into villages

From: Ian Dewar, Thompson Drive, Middleton on the Wolds.

WITH the announcement by 
East Riding Council on their intention to close more village schools – and “bus” the affected pupils to the nearest “available” place of learning – am I the only one who sees the simplicity of the answer?

Village schools are shut not because of their falling standards, (quite the opposite being true in most cases) but because the accountants can only see the disproportionate, teachers’ salary against pupil numbers on their balance sheets.

The answer is surely to ‘bus’ pupils into village schools!

We never stop hearing about these crowded classrooms and falling standards so at a stroke, we would be maintaining a village school’s viability and keeping the bean-counters happy.

Time and time again and without exception on a national scale, villages that lose their schools, quickly become a social wasteland.

School don’t just provide local education but a focal point for the local community and it is a disgrace that both can so easily be discarded.

Heading back to workhouse

From: John Bolton, Gregory Springs Mount, Mirfield.

I WATCHED the ITV1 programme Secrets from the Workhouse with particular interest as I spent the first three years of my life in one.

It revealed some interesting facts and reminded us what the real motive was behind their existence.

I was struck by how many of the buildings seem to remain as museums or other. Later my attention was drawn to the Chancellors’ latest round of cuts and their inevitable effects on those unemployed and increasingly homeless along with their dependants; to mention only those thousands.

Your Comment (Yorkshire Post, June 25) rightly highlighted their present hardship.

Maybe its my imagination, but could the workhouse be a part of the One Nation drive they forgot to tell us about?

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