From: Les Arnott, Athelstan Road, Sheffield.
THE lack of coverage of the Ukip conference in Doncaster has highlighted mighty flaws in the so-called evenhandedness of BBC political coverage. It has been no more than an afterthought. Following on from so many tedious days of Ed Miliband. Why were viewers denied the opportunity to find out more about Ukip?
Ukip is now a major player: winners of the EU elections, taking many hundreds of council seats and has MPs on the near horizon. How can this anti-democracy continue?
In my view, with so many leftists in broadcasting and a fair smattering of Tories and other leftists in the newspapers, it can only be that they fear the population finding out what is truly on offer from Ukip.
From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton, West Yorkshire.
HERE we go again, same old socialist nonsense belted out by Red Ed to his followers at the Labour Party conference. Always the same rubbish: ‘Let’s kill the goose that lays the golden egg once again dear comrades, let’s punish those who made a success of their lives, created wealth for themselves and for the nation, let’s tax them out of existence’.
It is an infantile and idiotic policy, designed to destroy our jobs and impoverish the nation.
If Ed Miliband and his sidekick Ed Balls really wanted to raise money for the NHS, they ought to start by giving the NHS the £11bn which is squandered every year on third world countries.
From: Judith Thompson, St Nicholas Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
IT would be helpful not to perpetuate myths like the one that England “subsidises their public services” (The Yorkshire Post, September 20). The figures for public spending are averages. In Yorkshire the amount spent is higher than the national average, such that the actual amount spent here is 115 per cent of the average.
In Scotland it is 119 per cent, or in fact very little more than is spent in Yorkshire. Scotland actually pays more tax per capita than the rest of the UK, so they are net contributors, which is probably more than can be said of Yorkshire.
If your readers really need a bogey man, they should look to London which has the highest amount of public spending per head in the UK.
From: TE Marston, Cambridge Street, Otley.
ANYONE who knows Scotland will not be surprised that only Glasgow and Dundee voted Yes. Alex Salmond was hoping for this. His methods remind me of Arthur Scargill. I suggest he consults with him on how to be a ‘has been’.
To more serious matters of English and Scottish MPs, may I suggest that on subjects such as a new London airport or a haggis factory in Scotland the disaffected section of the House could just abstain, or is this too easy a solution? Let us hope this is the end of the matter.
From: Vera Lloyd, Westfield Crescent, Wakefield.
IT was very interesting to read the letter by Arthur Quarmby (The Yorkshire Post, September 22) remembering the old West Riding County Council.
I am in total agreement with his remarks. Although I lived just over the boundary in Sheffield, our education was first class, with excellent teachers, up to 14 years of age.
Very few went on to university, as the finance was not there. Later on, living in the West Riding was very good until Sheffield claimed the regions in 1974, when a lot of the facilities were closed down. It was a disaster, when village life was disrupted and no consideration given to anybody.
I certainly think many of the old ways were better. Most of my generation knew the value of money and how to use it properly, along with good manners. I think the West Riding County Council should be brought back where it belongs.
Fall-out from abuse scandal
From: James Kenny, Westfield Road, Rothwell, Leeds.
SO Joyce Thacker, director of children’s services at Rotherham council has finally left by mutual consent (The Yorkshire Post, September 20). One wonders what merits a sacking.
As to the victims of her dereliction of care, what must they be thinking on learning that Rotherham Council would not comment on whether she has received a pay-off?
From: William Snowden, Dobrudden Park, Baildon Moor, Baildon, Shipley.
MY recent “session” with the doctors, practice nurse about the PC questionnaire (The Yorkshire Post, September 18), was more concise and certainly far more congenial (how we laughed!) than Brian Sheridan’s curmudgeonly conjecture presumes (The Yorkshire Post, September 24).
All change over station picture?
From: B Fowler, Armthorpe, Doncaster.
WITH reference to the article “Far From Loco” by Steve McClarence (The Yorkshire Post Magazine, September 20) I stand to be corrected but I do not believe the ‘Moment in History’ photo shows Doncaster Station.
I do not recall there being an office building, or such, of some 12 or so storeys, off the north east end of the station. Can anyone correct me or offer any alternative answer as to where the photo was taken?