Britain known as soft touch for criminals

Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor.

I FULLY support Home Secretary Theresa May’s comments and her determination to toughen the laws as regards immigrants who become or are criminals. I also agree that some of the judiciary are indeed almost negligent in protecting the public from these, in some cases very dangerous criminals, by allowing them to wave the ‘Human Rights’ card and flaunt prosecution or deportation.

Everyone knows that Great Britain has been regarded as an easy touch for foreign criminals and drug dealers, most having recognised that a good majority of our judges are totally naive about real life situations, and seem quite happy to pass lenient sentences or give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Lets face it, the first thing 
most foreigners do who are convicted of a crime and face deportation is to try and find an utterly brainless woman, flatter her and then get her pregnant so they can pull the Article 8 rule, just the same as many illegal immigrants do!

Why I ask, is it that other countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand have the ability to deport foreign criminals virtually instantly without any fuss or argument: they serve their time and then are chucked straight on a plane and are gone – yet the UK is bogged down with time-consuming bureaucracy and gullible judges who fail to see further than their noses and fall for crocodile tears.

Well, the answer is because 
we are a part of the EU and 
have to abide by their laws and not our own “common sense” laws that we have evolved 
over centuries! I wish Tim Webster and his family all the best in his fight not to have Leroy Griffith released into the community.

Gay marrriage
wasting time

Bernard Robinson, Midland Terrace, Hellifield.

Has David Cameron lost the plot? He appears to be wasting a lot of his time trying to legalise marriage for homosexuals, when there are far more important things to do.

I think the problem is Westminster. It is time he stopped sending aid to foreign countries. Let’s face it, if we were starving to death they would not send us one penny.

As we are in danger of running out of power, this money would be better spent on shale gas and clean coal production. We know we have plenty of coal under our country and the experts say we have a lot of shale gas. The technique of shale gas extraction has already been done by the USA. The aim of the Government should be to make our country as self-sufficient as possible, then if we have a surplus that is the time to help other countries.

We have become far too reliant on imports.

From: Maxwell Laurie, Victoria Terrace, Cockfield, County Durham.

MAY we cease, please, the use of the word “gay”? The term homosexual is sufficient in itself.

Marriage is a living lifelong contract between a man and a woman, for the procreation of life, contentment and mutual support in health, wealth and adversity. Few marriages are perfect, since few people are perfect, but children are surely entitled to a mother and a father like their peers. Mr Field attempts (Yorkshire Post, February 19) to identify an alternative word to marriage. This is ineligible, because both “homage” and “reverence” imply a master-servant relationship. What is wrong with “friendship”? And who cares how close the friendship is, as long as it doesn’t scare the horses.

Good reasons for difference

From: Andrew Gentles, Hollins Crescent, Harrogate.

THE article (Yorkshire Post, February 25), stating a “shocking” absence of women in business management and politics implies that they are being discriminated against just because there is not parity of numbers.

This is simplistic. There can be other reasons. Women are under represented in abattoir, sewage, refuse and construction work. No outcry here. They are under represented among musical composers, classical and popular, artists, poets (though not novelists), scientists and inventors. Why? Only a very few men achieve such eminence. By the same token men are under represented in nursing and primary school teaching, for example. I doubt women are keeping them out.

Happily, women are grossly under represented among the tyrants of the world. The fearful slaughter and misery of the 20th century result from the actions of men. All this suggests to me that there could be differences between the sexes, as much above as below the neck, and that these factors can affect the choice of occupation.

Cars can be
vital for some

From: Monika Close, Hallcliffe Crescent, Horbury.

JAYNE Dowle raises some very interesting and valid points regarding the use of a car (Yorkshire Post, February 25).

But never mind waiting for a bus that may or may not turn up, there often is no bus to wait for in the first place. Supermarkets and workplaces are often out-of-town, without public transport, making it necessary to use a car.

A few years ago, my daughter was offered a job in an office complex just off the A64 on the other side of Leeds. No problem if you have a car However, she didn’t have a car, and although the company runs a bus service to the centre of Leeds, to get to this workplace from home by public transport would have added about two hours each way to her working day.