YP Letters: IDS is genuinely concerned over welfare benefits policy

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From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

I AM not a Conservative, or a supporter of Brexit, but I believe Iain Duncan Smith is sincerely concerned with the direction of Government policy over welfare benefits (Tom Richmond, The Yorkshire Post, March 21).

Protesters demonstrating against cuts to disability benefits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

Protesters demonstrating against cuts to disability benefits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

To paint him as a hypocrite is to over simplify what is a many-layered problem. Nor do I think Mr Duncan Smith is really just out to undermine Messrs Cameron and Osborne because it is extremely difficult to see what he stands to gain from damaging them. I believe he is genuinely worried at the way the Government is going over welfare. There is too much personalising in reporting politics. In conclusion, it does seem that Lib Dems vetoed a lot of measures to cut welfare benefits and what a pity the country chose to punish that party.

From: Jack Brown, Lamb Lane, Monk Bretton, Barnsley.

NO one voted to take us into Europe. Ted Heath unilaterally signed away our freedom. David Owen (The Yorkshire Post, March 18) reminds us that it was at the behest of the Americans.

While Barack Obama is over here adding his two penn’orth to David Cameron’s politics of fear, trying to keep the strongest European military power in the United States of Europe, America is negotiating a Trading Partnership with all Pacific Rim. My Socialist generation has resented US interference in UK politics for almost 70 years. David Owen’s hesitant toe in the water is welcomed cautiously.

From: Gordon Lawrence, Stumperlowe View, Sheffield.

THE weight of Establishment opinion has been comin out in favour of the Remain campaign. I should say self-preservation, or at least self-interest, in not disturbing the status quo, are the primary motives in their opposition to Brexit.

The EU seems incapable of any fundamental reform: a fact revealed by its farcical performance when confronted by the immigration crisis and confirmed by David Cameron’s abortive efforts in trying to inject some rationale into the impasse.

From: Rev PN Hayward, Allonby, Maryport, Cumbria.

AFTER 40 years of membership, things have admittedly not been as bad as I had expected. But the overriding feature of the EU is the outrageous and ever increasing cost. We just don’t get our money’s worth, and I suspect that many of those who favour membership are spendthrifts. It is money which could do so much good if it stayed here.