From Jenny Eaves, Balby, Doncaster.
I AM in despair at the quality of leadership in both our main political parties at this current time, especially as the nation prepares to build a new future for itself outside of the European Union.
Both the Conservatives and Labour are mired in arguments over their party’s attitudes towards different religious groups, with the endless back-and-forth bickering both difficult to follow and showing almost no one in a good light. Voters at the next general election face an unenviable choice, especially with Ukip seemingly throwing their lot in with extremist supporters of Tommy Robinson and the Liberal Democrats in such a state there are even reports (admittedly subsequently denied by Vince Cable) that their own leader has been discussing the creation of a new centrist, anti-Brexit, party.
Looking at our current leaders does not bode well for our post-Brexit future to say the least. I can only hope someone emerges from the current political mess who can change my mind.
From: John Turley, Dronfield Woodhouse.
AS previous letters to this paper will attest, I am not normally a fan of Boris Johnson.
However, for once, I actually agree with him regarding the recent fracas over wearing the burka, and the niqab.
One valid point, which nobody appears to have mentioned so far, is that when Westerners visit certain, predominantly Muslim countries they, in particular the women, are expected to abide by a certain dress code. To wear anything that does not respect the culture, or offend the local population, risks deportation or even imprisonment. However when visitors or immigrants from these same countries come to the UK, they do not consider that any similar dress code should apply to them.
From: Richard Ainley, Rastrick, Brighouse.
THE other day, as I filled in the form from Calderdale Council so that I could vote at any forthcoming elections, it occurred to me that I have been filling in these forms for over 40 years.
Margaret Thatcher came to power the last time I voted Conservative and Tony Blair came to power the last time I voted Labour.
Since then, I’ve voted for various no-hope candidates. What a waste of time.
I won’t vote again. Ever! I commend this policy to your readers.