Double standards over online meetings – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Coun Richard Good (Lib Dem), Richmondshire District Council, Lower Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Ward.

This was Boris Johnson meeting a Parliamentary committee remotely.

I WAS interested to see the 
full-page Government advertisement (The Yorkshire Post March 27). The advert quite rightly encouraged people to use online meetings rather than 
face-to-face office working.

Given that the Prime Minister is now telling people to return to the office, and the Government has decided that councils cannot meet online after May 7, one must wonder if Ministers read their own advertisements.

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Local Government Minister Luke Hall has told councils the Government has decided not to allow online meetings to be extended beyond May 7. Yet Westminster is going to continue with virtual connections to Parliament.

The number of MPs present in the House of Commons at any one time continues to be tightly controlled.

Until recently, elected councillors and activists were told that they could not deliver leaflets or canvass residents. Yet parcel deliveries were allowed. I call on the Government to find Parliamentary time to extend the Bill allowing councils to hold virtual meetings in the future.

Brexit has led to divisions

From: James Bovington, Church Grove, Horsforth, Leeds.

RECENT letters from correspondents Sally Cieslik and Dick Lindley confirm the puerile, divisive and even jingoistic nature of Brexit as an anachronistic project that fails to recognise the dynamics of the contemporary world.

Sally is right to point out how the casual and callous decision to end freedom of movement deprives young Europeans of the opportunity to come here, but it is also making it impossible for our youngsters to gain relatively inexpensive life-enhancing benefits as they odd job across the continent.

Then there’s novice virologist Dick accusing French and German leaders of wilfully harming their populations owing to their dislike of the AstraZeneca vaccine for having been developed by British scientists. Is this also the case with Joe Biden’s America, where the vaccine still awaits approval?

It would be good if Brexiteers proposed practical steps that would bring people together socially and culturally to mitigate our self-imposed exile.

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