Letters, November 10

THIS week a southerner suggested that to improve the northerner’s lot is to pay them less for doing identical work. Our MPs have already raised in the House that basically, southerners live twice as long in retirement than we northerners.

So southerners should only receive half the pension, either private or state, and should pay half of all national health costs in retirement. It’s only fair, isn’t it?

A M Frost, Broad Lane, Sykehouse

Make prisoners clear the paths

I READ ‘Snow wardens to keep minor roads moving’ (Free Press, November 3) and on the adjacent facing page our local magistrates court reports on eight successful prosecutions. Should not our local magistrates order these defendants to perform community pay back work to clear minor roads and footpaths of snow and ice?

Maurice Field, Kings Road, Doncaster

Bus service far from relaxing

HAVE you heard the adverts on TV and radio, or seen the leaflet sent out by First Bus?

They say there has never been a better time to get a First bus because it’s easy and relaxing. In their own words it’s relaxing because their services are regular and reliable.

I think if you asked the people who try to use the 78 Woodlands service they would not recognise the description.

The only way they are regular is when they regularly cut out a bus or send it all the way from Doncaster ‘out of service’ and do not pick up any passengers until they are on the return trip to town.

Sometimes they get to Woodlands and then change to ‘out of service’ and travel back to Doncaster empty because they are trying to make up time. They are still using petrol and it’s not much help to the people who have already waited a long time for a bus.

The money they spent giving themselves a pat on the back should have been used to improve the service and reduce bus fares.

Mary Paton, Lawn Avenue, Woodlands

Why do we have to get reports?

IN the November 3 issue of the Free Press it was announced that the decision on a showman site at Hatfield Woodhouse had been deferred due to police concerns.

These same concerns have been raised and submitted by a large number of objectors and some members of the public have spent considerable amounts of personal expense to obtain expert reports stating the same.

It appears everyone apart from the DMBC planning Committee and the Highways Development Control members have seen the length that some show vehicles travel around on public roads and the problems this will cause along narrow winding country lanes.

With this in mind I suggest that rather than sitting around a table drinking tea, eating cucumber sandwiches and rubber-stamping ridiculous plans, they should get out and undertake detailed investigations.

Why does it need members of the public to pay for reports and highlight subsequent conclusions that they, as our DMBC highways ‘expert’representatives, should have produced in the first place?

It is a pity that they have only responded when the police have raised the same concerns.

Paul Summefield, Somerton Drive, Hatfield Woodhouse

Shouldn’t our MPs vote for us?

I WOULD like to comment on the subject of the EU Referendum. I never heard, read, or was given any information or indication as to what our elected MPs thoughts were.

MPs Miliband, Winterton and Flint are paid to represent the views and opinions of the majority of their constituents.

Why did they vote against the referendum without seeking constituent’s views, we are supposed to be a democracy, not a dictatorship - MPs are not given the authority to vote as they think.

Miss Winterton, as Labour whip, carried out Mr Miliband’s instructions to persuade MPs to vote against the motion. I think all three need to open their dictionaries and look at democracy, responsibility and representative.

Bearing in mind that my income tax goes towards their high salaries, I am getting a poorer return on my money than I get from the bank.

Mr F Bensley, Travis Gardens, Hexthorpe

Dinner party that’s gone west

THE eurozone countries went out for dinner. Germany, being far better organised than everyone else and having a capacious bag, held the kitty.

After the meal Germany and the others looked at the bill. They were horrified to note that Greece alone had consumed: a dozen oysters; a whole chateaubriand; two crème brulees and three bottles of fine wine.

There wasn’t near enough in the kitty to pay the whole bill and none of the other countries round the table had any more cash on them.

Germany looked in its own purse and saw that it had enough to pay the balance but this meant spending the kid’s lunch money for the next month, so it rang Uncle Sam and Cousin Wen for a loan.

But they didn’t see why they should lend the dinner guests, who clearly had been out wildly carousing, any of their hard-earned dosh. In exasperation Germany booted Greece out of the dinner club and sent it into the kitchens to work off the shortfall in the bill by doing the washing up. And everyone lived happily ever after - or did they?

Mick Andrews (UKIP), Thorne Road

Injury cash is a goldmine

IT is very interesting to read about the money being paid out to people claiming injury compensation.

There is no mention of the amounts paid out to lawyers and other officials who represent the claimants. Why not? Firms encourage people to claim for injuries ‘promising’ them 100 per cent of their claim. Could we be enlightened what their bills were for representing their clients?

I suggest a ‘gold mine’ with a guaranteed income whether or not the case is won. Hence the 100 per cent for the claimant (quite rightly) - but the bill to us the taxpayer for the representation costs?

R Horsfield, High Street, Belton