Too clever by half in blue badge stance

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From: Mr SB Oliver, Churchill Grove, Heckmondwike.

LIKE Paul Wheatley (Yorkshire Post, February 15), I, too, am aware of the more lenient rules when parking on private property.

Although having a blue badge himself, he writes that he refuses to display it when parking in spaces marked for the disabled at supermarkets. He then tells us that he relishes receiving, and then destroying, the resulting paperwork from various companies.

If I had a blue badge, I would willingly display it from the disabled place just as a common courtesy to other blue-badge holders who are not aware of its non-function on private land.

By not displaying his badge, Mr Wheatley will incur comments and displeasure from other blue-badge holders. Can’t he understand that the supermarkets are only trying to give preference to the registered disabled whilst he is spoiling things by not showing his badge ... just because he knows better?

We used to have a name for this type of “clever” person.

Media guilty of poor show

From: Ged Robinson, Dulverton Green, Leeds.

AS the stagnating economy and government spending cuts take their toll on ordinary people, we’ve seen a worrying trend in the media to direct stigmatising language and themes at the most vulnerable in society. Unemployed people, homeless people, single mothers and immigrants are all ridiculed and blamed for their situation.

Newspaper stories too often focus on isolated, extreme cases written in such a way as to imply that everyone on benefits is a dishonest fraudster, or that every unemployed person is a skiver and drunkard.

For those living in poverty in the UK, getting by each day requires resilience, intelligence, and strength of character. I aim to stand in solidarity with those who have little and give them a voice, and I refuse to unjustly demonise the victims of poverty.

Bard would get my vote

From: Bob Mozley, Bamford Close, Dodworth, Barnsley.

IAN McMillan for PM? I have to compliment Ian on yet another brilliant article (Yorkshire Post, February 19). Ian has an uncanny ability to sum up what is wrong with this country and to overlay his comments with a large portion of common sense, sprinkled with humour.

What makes the article more relevant is that, on the same Opinion page were articles written by two MPs explaining why their view is right – obviously. Which party they are a member of, and what their view is, is irrelevant – as they both talk the same hogwash! They totally fail to realise that it is their incompetence and inefficiency that got us into this mess in the first place – and they are totally unable to get us out of it.

I know that Ian will never decide to start a political party – he’s far too intelligent for that – but if he did?

From: ME Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

THE Bard of Darfield at his best again; thanks Ian. All that remains to be said is that you’re not daft – well, no dafter than the rest of us for tolerating this state of affairs – and I’ve put blackcurrant jam on this week’s shopping list.

Police will be held to account

From: Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

IN response to the letter from Don Rhodes (Yorkshire Post, February 15), I would like to reassure him and other readers that I absolutely act in the public interest and take my statutory duty to hold West Yorkshire Police to account very seriously as you would expect.

Don refers in his letter to a situation dating back to 1996. The case is complex because it dates back almost 20 years, has been overseen by five chief constables, there have been independent investigations, and there was the rejection by the Police Complaints Authority and oversight by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The most recent investigation, Operation Waldhorn, made it clear that historic systematic failures are importantly at the heart of this case and that all the findings have to be considered in this context.

I would also like to use this opportunity to refute the implication in Don’s letter that this case reflects badly on West Yorkshire Police. I regularly see first hand the hard work, often beyond the call of duty, of all the dedicated police officers, police community support officers and other police staff who work tirelessly to make sure that our neighbourhoods are safer and that we feel safer in our communities across West Yorkshire.

Care workers merit respect

From: Mike Padgham, Chair, Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire), Scarborough.

IT would be wrong to suggest that failings in domiciliary care provision do not exist – the evidence is there for all to see in the latest CQC report. Nor would I deny that more work needs to be done to bring standards up.

But to always concentrate on the sector’s failings serves to mask the true picture.

The CQC’s report, on which the current publicity is based, does identify some examples of poor care being delivered, but it also reveals that 74 per cent of home care providers met the standards.

Home care workers do a fantastic job, delivering social care to grateful clients in all weathers, 365 days a year. They do so in a sector that is woefully under-funded and at breaking point. And they deserve our respect for doing so.

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