Poor relation ‘was here first’

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From: John Gordon, Whitcliffe Lane, Ripon.

YOUR picture of Ripon Cathedral on the back page (Yorkshire Post, November 5) is very beautiful. But also very poignant for we learn that our diocese is to be absorbed into a conglomeration in Yorkshire, no doubt to save money but inevitably to lose status. This will affect the City of Ripon which is already struggling to preserve its identity.

We have been under the control of the Harrogate Borough Council for some time now and we feel we are the poor relation. A poor relation is grateful for handouts but would much prefer to stand on his own feet. We can’t help feeling that we were here first when nobody had ever heard of Harrogate.

Cap top pay

From: N Bywater, Airedale Terrace, Morley, Leeds.

ALTHOUGH I would benefit from a wage increase if Ed Miliband gets his way and a living wage of £7.45 per hour was introduced across the country, I would much sooner everyone be paid their worth.

Professor Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield, recently stated that in 2012 the richest one per cent of people take 15 per cent of all income, compared to six per cent in 1979.

Pay of top executives should be capped at 20 times the average workers’ pay.

Pins for sale

From: Lynne Burnett, Hutton Buscel, Scarborough.

EXCELLENT article last Saturday by Tom Richmond about the poppy appeal, many thanks (Yorkshire Post, November 3).

Just thought I would let you know that if you visit http://www.poppyshop.org.uk you will find poppy lapel pins for sale at £2.99 each.