Unconvinced of need for crime tsars

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From: Mrs W. Abbott, Boulsworth Avenue, Hull.

I AM writing in response to your Editorial and report on crime commissioners (The Yorkshire Post, May 5).

The brainchild of the Conservative-led government, the commissioners were elected in 2012 to replace the existing police authority. At the time, Home Secretary Theresa May described their introduction as “an experiment”.

However, two years down 
the road, many people are pondering whether or not they have met the expected target levels and are worth the expenditure involved.

I am not convinced that the current statistics are accurate, because once you start to introduce target levels into the equation they can be tampered with in order to provide a favourable result.

Here in Hull, our police and crime commissioner, Matthew Grove, has made a commendable effort in making himself known to local residents and I understand he is available 
should residents have any problems that they may wish to discuss in more detail.

He also has the support of 
our Chief Constable, Justine Curran.

It was announced in April 
that Humberside Police would have to make over £30m in savings, which in my view cannot be done without redundancies and putting some current jobs at risk.

It raises this question: is it necessary to continue funding the commissioners, his assistant and associated administrative staff at a time when chief constables throughout the country are under pressure to reduce their budgets?

MPs’ salaries should be cut

From: John Blakey, Park Villas, Leeds.

SIR Edward Leigh wants to 
make Parliament more relevant to people’s needs (The Yorkshire Post, May 3). He proposes to 
do this by increasing his own 
and other MPs’ salaries. MPs already get £67,060 as of April 1, 2014.

With a household after tax income of £1,247 per week, they have a higher income than around 98 per cent of the population – equivalent to about 60.4 million individuals.

Not to mention expenses, of course.

I wonder what percentile he had in mind – the top one per cent perhaps?

Personally I’d put them on the average income of £26,000 – after all, most of us have to cope on this amount of money.

Or perhaps the minimum wage of £11,265 – I bet they would soon focus on inflation and jobs if they were on that rate.

US must stay out of Ukraine

From: Brian Ormondroyd, Horsforth, Leeds.

THE situation in Ukraine grows more dangerous by the day. People are dying. A prologue to even greater conflict.

On the one hand an unelected government with fascist ministers supported by the West.

A coup backed by the US, Joe Biden and John Kerry. A coup backed by Britain and William Hague.

How little they understand of the history of Ukraine and Russia. If this was the only case.

On the other hand an elected but overthrown government backed by Vladimir Putin and the oligarchy, another oligarchy supporting the coup. Imagine Russian involvement in Texas, should they wish to free themselves from Washington. Or Russia supporting an independent Scotland against Westminster.

The USA is almost on the other side of the world.

Ukraine is on Russia’s border and was until 1990 part of the Soviet Union.

The USA must be told to keep out as presently it remains a largely European issue.

Build homes on brownfield

From: Peter Hyde, Driffield, North Yorkshire.

GREG Mulholland (The Yorkshire Post, May 5) is so right when 
he proposes that brown field 
sites should be used for new housing.

In Driffield, we have a number of unsightly and derelict sites and yet new housing is proposed on fields where produce could be grown.

It is high time that a survey was taken and permission refused for green fields until brownfield sites were all used up.

Point of law on king’s burial

From: Michael Green, Baghill Green, Tingley, Wakefield.

JUST a thought, while we are all waiting for the judge’s ruling on Richard III.

One thing the judge cannot do is to rule where Richard should be reburied.

Your latest report (The Yorkshire Post, April 28) isn’t quite right in saying that 
the issue is whether the permission for him to be reinterred in Leicester should 
be overturned.

The permission is for the whole archaeological excavation, of which the reinterment is just part.

If the judge rules that the permission is to be overturned, then it will follow that the excavation of the bones was (with hindsight) unauthorised.

That means that, to right the wrong, they must be decently and reverently reburied.

Where they were found? In a car park. In Leicester.