From: Lindon Dove, Turnberry Gardens, Wakefield.
I READ with a smile Mr Riley’s letter (The Yorkshire Post, February 14), savaging Nigel Farage and his Ukip supporters. Without any shred of evidence, he labels them racist, sexist and homophobic as if they will all fit exactly into his carefully considered profile.
I can assure Mr Riley from practical experience, that Ukip supporters mirror the general populace.
They have just as wide a variety of personal views. One common theme shines through, however, they are all working class in that they have held down jobs and know what it is like to work for a living.
Contrast this with the career politicians of all parties, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat, currently in power.
So many have come through the public school and Oxbridge route that they are all out of touch with ordinary people’s views. Extremist views from neither left nor right play part in Ukip’s thoughts and policies. Both are equally unacceptable and dangerous.
Mr Riley may not appreciate that 70 per cent of the electorate are concerned with the current level of immigration.
After all he can simply dismiss this with his left wing rhetoric and claims of racism, though I think the majority of the population might disagree with his invective.
Their concern is about the sheer numbers entering a relatively small country and its devastating effects on infrastructure. The current parties in government choose to ignore the facts, frightened by the screams of populism and racism from the “loony left” and the pressure from our European masters.
It does not alter the fact that most people think it is a fair and sensible policy to control the UK’s borders in the same way that Australia and Canada control theirs.
I await Mr Riley’s shouts of racism in regard to these countries’ immigration controls.
From: Allan Davies, Heathfield Court, Grimsby.
I WAS pleased to read Anthony Cavill’s letter (The Yorkshire Post, February 16) and I thank you for printing it. Sir Bernard Ingham knows full well the record of Gordon Brown at the Treasury, but he appears to be incapable of either a fair account of it or writing without excessively vituperative language.