Horses still hard to trace

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From: David Dusi, Mastall Lane, Arksey, Doncaster.

AFTER the horsemeat scandal of 2013, you would think that the powers-that-be would have taken the initiative and introduced a system of traceability like the one we have in place for sheep and cattle, for horses.

Nobody in the country has any idea how many horses we have walking about.

The passport system for horses is a farce and means nothing and has no central database.

The introduction of an identification system would formalise the trade in horses and get rid of the scourge that is blighting every bit of public and private land, i.e. black and white horses fly grazing.

The reluctance to get rid of this menace baffles me.

Or is it because most of these horses belong to a minority group who seem to operate outside the rules of common law?

Political debacle boosting Ukip

From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby, East Yorkshire.

ELIZABETH Peacock’s Saturday Essay (Yorkshire Post, February 1) certainly identified the real state of our political attitude and is reinforced by the Thirsk & Malton debacle.

There is little wonder that previous supporters of all parties are flocking to Ukip.

Their grasp of reality and relationship to the thinking 
of the majority of people makes good sense that will surely be reflected in the forthcoming European elections in May and again in the General Election in 2015.