YP Letters: A good man but not the right leader

From: Ron Goldthorpe, Highstone Lane, Worsbrough, Barnsley.

Jeremy Corbyn cannot lead, say his critics.

MOST of the letter from Mick Wilson (The Yorkshire Post, July 7) is correct. Tony Blair did lose most of the Labour core vote in his mad dash to middle England.

Jeremy Corbyn is a good person and 99 per cent of his policies are what the Labour party and the country need, but Jeremy is not a leader. Yes, we need the policies but we also need a leader.

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Labour needs a strong leader to steer the party back to its roots, but Jeremy clearly is not the person to do this.

From: Thomas W Jefferson, Batty Lane, Howden, Goole.

IT’S obviously going to take some time for Andrew Cook and Robert Armstrong (The Yorkshire Post, July 6 and 8) and other Remainers to get used to the new reality of Brexit, but in the meantime some good things are happening in the real world.

Several countries have already expressed interest in entering into free trade agreements with us, and New Zealand has offered to let us have some of their trade negotiators, which of itself just shows how our membership of the EU has denuded us of the most basic of requirements because of their unhealthy desire to control everything centrally.

There are many countries that would love to kick-start their economies by depreciating their exchange rate to boost exports (including China and the EU) and the decline of sterling has just given us that benefit.

Of course there are dangers lurking in the post-Brexit world, but the sooner the Remainers accept that our glass is half-full and move on, the better equipped we will be to deal with them.

From: David Nutt, Huby, Leeds.

BARON Armstrong of Ilminster (The Yorkshire Post, July 8) declares that our elected politicians have a duty to save the British electorate from their foolishness in voting by a clear majority to leave the EU.

So there you have it! The people of all political persuasions cannot be trusted to make an intelligent decision – it must be left to their superiors in Westminster to disregard 
such silliness and ensure that the UK remains subservient to Brussels.

His Lordship of course, whose power and influence stems not from a vote by the electorate but from Prime Ministerial patronage of an earlier era , can afford his airy dismissal of the referendum as being not binding on the government – his seat is safe.

Binding or not, if Brexit is not acted upon promptly and completely, then the next General Election will spectacularly bring down the politicians who failed – assuming we must hope, that the outcome of such an election will still be regarded as binding!

From: Ian Smith, Colston Close, Bradford.

LORD Armstrong comes over, rightly or wrongly, as the proverbial pessimistic civil servant who fears being outside the comfort zone, and will always prefer the status quo.

It seems to him that another round of negotiations might, perhaps should, achieve the [his] right result – as would England’s result if it had replayed Iceland of course. It is not going to happen.

Some people will no doubt read chaos into events as they occur during this dramatic period, But difficulties that major change brings are best met, and more comfortable to bear, when despondency and pessimism are personally overcome and outwardly disapproved.

From: RP Brocklebank, Glen Crescent, Melbourne, York.

MAY I through your letters page express my gratitude to Nigel Farage and heartfelt thanks for the devotion he has put into his country?

If ever a man needed recognition for service to his country, he is the one. I rank him alongside Churchill.

I wish him a happy future and a long life. My only regret is that there isn’t many more like him in the political brigade. Well done Nigel!

From: John D Hill, Moor Ley, Birdwell, Barnsley.

THE change of HS2 route is being proposed in the name of financial expediency (The Yorkshire Post, July 7).

Even if the unwanted and costly project goes ahead, what are the odds that in a few years time, again in the name of financial or political expediency the Sheffield spur will be cancelled, leaving the city once again stuck in a backwater.

It would be far better to abandon the whole scheme and instead spend some of the money on a decent trans-Pennine road and improved transport connections throughout the region.

Full glass, empty wallet

From: John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge.

I’VE just been reading a 
report from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) which is urging licensees to charge 
fairly for a half pint of beer 
after a survey discovered almost 50 per cent of licensees who overcharge are adding between six and twenty pence to the cost of a half.

Camra is urging customers to report pubs in their area which charge more for a half pint than half the proportional cost of a pint.

Some pubs are charging £2 for a half when the cost of a pint is £3. This is not right and surely can’t be legal?

Camra also reported in its survey that 60 per cent of pubs do not display a price list.

Long hot summer

From: Tim Mickleburgh, Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby.

JUST think 40 years ago, I was eating my lunch in the hallway at home because it was too hot in the kitchen. Summer 2016 is certainly no Summer 1976 of fond childhood memory.