Letters September 18: Top jobs in the Cabinet have changed

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From: Colin Challen, former MP for Morley and Rothwell, St Sepulchre Street, Scarborough.

Your columnist Jayne Dowle (The Yorkshire Post, September 17) clings to the idea that the “top” jobs in government are the same as those created in the Victorian era, when the really tough, demanding jobs in the Cabinet now are more likely to be education, health and environment.

They all receive the same pay of course. I believe too that women now outnumber men in the shadow cabinet, so Ms Dowle is factually incorrect in her comment on percentages, as is her statement that Deputy Leader is a “top” job.

To which Deputy Leader is she referring? The Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (definitely not a “top” job) or Deputy Leader of the Labour Party – a post not in Mr Corbyn’s gift? A little clarity might help.

As to appointing a vegan (and a woman!) to the post of Defra Secretary, I wonder if Ms Dowle could inform us when a vegan was last punished for animal cruelty or neglect?

Just because you eschew something doesn’t mean you don’t care about the subject, quite the opposite in fact.

No place 
for hatred

From: C Boothroyd, Eaton Court, Grimsby.

I AM shocked and ashamed about the hatred in many letters about the refugee humanitarian crisis but especially about the hatred shown to Angela Merkel.

May I ask Dai Woosnam (The Yorkshire Post, September 14), if he has met Mrs Merkel? If not, how can he hate her that much and accuse her of “wanting Germany to be seen as a place of refuge” because of what her father’s generation did?

Her father was a Lutheran pastor, many of whom were executed or placed in labour camps. She learned very early that Christianity is about reaching out a hand to your neighbour, no matter what colour, creed or from what country.

Political circus

From: Alan Chapman, Bingley.

Your coverage of the comings and goings within the Labour line-up (The Yorkshire Post, September) was very informative, as it carefully noted the departures and arrivals in the new shadow cabinet of various county MPs, leaving a lower net representation for Yorkshire.

Also shown were photographs of all 30 new shadow ministers and their departments, 16 women and 14 men. Apparently their first meeting took place on Monday.

It crossed my mind that if the event had been set to music, the most apt tune would be Send in the Clowns. The head clown was the man not wearing a tie in the centre of the group of photographs. His name is Citizen Corbyn-Smith.

Auction is open to public

From: Mrs AJ Green, Halifax.

further to the letter from Councillor Tim Mickleburgh asking whether it was possible for anyone to buy the property on Homes Under The Hammer (The Yorkshire Post, September 14), the answer is in the affirmative.

All the prospective buyer has to do is arrange to have the finances available to do so, not forgetting to factor in fees and taxes. It is not even necessary to attend the auction in person, bids can usually be accepted by telephone by prior arrangement, if one is not able to attend.

As for buying the property for £22,000, spending £5,000 on repairs and improvements and then reaping in a reward of £395 per week, this would be most unusual, as the programme quotes potential income in terms of value per calendar month. The exception being for holiday lets, where a high and low season price is often quoted as a weekly figure.

From: D Lapish, Womersley, Doncaster.

IN reply to Coun Tim Mickleburgh’s letter, Homes Under The Hammer is an auction sale open to the public. Anybody is allowed to purchase any house providing you have the means to pay cash. Nobody is excluded.

So, Coun Mickleburgh, go to the next Homes Under the Hammer and purchase a house, improve it, then rent it out. Problem solved.

of yoga

From: Valerie Moody, Little Smeaton, Pontefract.

I WAS interested to read the recent article regarding arthritis and the benefits of yoga (The Yorkshire Post, September 16).

I was told at the age of 35 that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I reached 50 as my lumbar spine was degenerating quickly due to arthritis. I spent three years living in a back brace before deciding to try yoga.

I am now 80 and walk three to four miles most days. I still have problems and have just an seen orthopaedic surgeon who says it is not a good idea to have hip surgery as it would cause my spine to suffer due to enforced limited mobility for a few weeks.

However, I firmly believe that yoga was my saviour and I cannot believe that it is only just being acknowledged as providing such benefit for arthritis sufferers. I still practice certain exercises daily to keep my back as strong as possible.