Teacher strike fails to inspire sympathy

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From: C J Ball, Finkil Street, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

AS a schoolteacher from an earlier age when the vast majority of teachers would not have dreamed of going on strike, I do not have immediate sympathy with the NUT position (Jayne Dowle, The Yorkshire Post, March 31).

My young grandson is in the class of a teacher who went on strike, but his mother, who teaches at the same school, is not a member of the NUT so had to go into work. Therefore she had to ask Grandad and Nana to look after him (actually a distinct pleasure for us, but that isn’t the point).

Whatever fine words the NUT may put out, they butter no parsnips with me. The Government and the Local Education Authority juggernauts rumble on their bureaucratic way, and the main people disadvantaged are the already overburdened school management and parents and carers who have to fill the gap. Thanks a bunch, NUT!

Teachers strenuously maintain that they do not get “long holidays” because they have to use the days when schools are not in session for planning and preparation. Why then, do they never go on strike on one of these days?

New towns for regions

From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

WHAT a priceless opportunity has been missed with the announcement of a new town at Ebbsfleet of all places! I am sure that council or business leaders in a dozen of our beleaguered towns would have welcomed with open arms a similar project in their part of the world.

I should have thought it would have been obvious by now to everyone that any chance to take the pressure off London and the South East should be seized with both hands. It is not just a matter of helping the regions but the South East and the Greater London area have their problems too, chiefly with housing with also with transport.

If the powers that be could just for once see beyond the boundaries of the metropolis, they could make a life a lot easier for us all.

Uplifting sounds

From: Josie Brooks, Lidgett Hill, Gledhow, Leeds.

YOUR readers may like a little light relief from reports about cold weather, the withering EU and the proliferation of wars.

The Sinfonia of Leeds Orchestra gave an outstanding performance on March 22 at The Great Hall, Leeds University. The programme was conducted by David Greed, leader of the Orchestra of Opera North and the performance of the second act of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker was simply stunning. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy itself was a sound to behold and exemplified the orchestra’s brilliance and professionalism.

So that readers may judge the quality of this non-professional orchestra for themselves, the next performance in Leeds is 
on Saturday, June 28, at 7.30pm at St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay, and will feature Mozart’s Jupiter symphony, together with excerpts from 
The Planets and Star Wars.

Food supply takes priority

From: Phyllis Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton.

A GOOD job for Defra would be to find and catch all the badgers in the country and vaccinate them.

Wildlife is important but not more so than our food supply. We in this country need to be as self-sufficient as possible in good, naturally produced food in order to be a healthy, prosperous nation.

Going round in circles

From: Coun Mike Jordan, Sherburn In Elmet, Leeds.

IT was interesting reading the recent article about Manchester overtaking Leeds as the fastest growing legal centre outside London. I just wish someone would pick up a road map and the reason would become clear.

Around Manchester, Birmingham and London there is a nice circle called a motorway.

That means you can travel to the place, follow it round to where you want to be and arrive easily. If you live within the circle, no matter where in it you are, you do not have to go through it to get on the motorway. You simply go to the nearest point of entry/exit.

They understood this. But Leeds didn’t.

Bad puns make headline news

From: Harry Whitehouse, Weaponness Valley Road, Scarborough.

THE problem with the so-called headline puns (The Yorkshire Post, March 29) is that they aren’t very good. To work properly, the word-play has to be meaningful in both senses. “Ouse complaining now?” fails to work because clearly, the Ouse isn’t complaining. At least it wasn’t accompanied by a “haven’t I been clever?” exclamation mark.

From: ME Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

COUNT me in with David Chambers in the matter of puns (The Yorkshire Post, March 29).

But please: “smart-ass”? If this prissy American corruption is fit to be printed, what’s wrong with the genuine Old English “arse”?

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