Ruling classes don’t lead from front
Letter of the Week: Tim Moorhouse, Cleckheaton
Honouring our young men of the Battle of the Somme, many from northern county ‘Pals’ battalions, there were also sons of the aristocracy, landed gentry, and public schools, who were often officers.
Leading the troops out of the trenches, their losses were so high, eventually they had to wear the same uniforms as the ranks.
One officer wrote they had 20 officers, and at the end of the day there were only four left.
Fast-forward to today, and apart from some hereditary lords, are there any ‘career’ politicians, lords or baronesses, who have encouraged their sons or daughters to join the armed forces?
You know, the ones who persuade other MPs to vote to go to war.
I notice the Kinnocks, who between them have sucked in £8 million from the European Union gravy train, have trained their son Stephen to make his fortune through talking.
Generally, future cannon fodder is recruited from deprived areas like the north east, Scotland, Lancashire, and the Welsh valleys.
You weren’t betrayed in vote
From: Steve Oliver, Heckmondwike
In the days since the referendum, we have heard numerous sob stories from various Remain supporters, many of whom are now calling for another vote or some form of veto or annulment.
The arrogance and denial of the democratic process by senior politicians (and others) is quite astonishing.
It reminds me of the perennial bad-loser gambler who always tries the “double or quits” line after losing.
If another vote returned a 4% majority in favour of Remain, why should that end the matter? Of course it wouldn’t.
We had the Lib-Dem Baroness Shirley Williams saying that the older voters had “betrayed” the younger voters (18-24 years, 75% of whom voted to Remain) by selfishly denying them the opportunities etc.
The Baroness should have studied the figures which showed that only 43% of those young voters chose to vote, so only 32% of them voted Remain and 11% voted Leave.
Now look at the difference with the older voters, of whom approx 75% of them voted and 93% of them voted Leave.
That says that almost 70% of them voted Leave with about 5% for Remain.
Study these figures, Dame Shirley, before using your selective, and deceptive figures.
Next we had Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon on her self-built political plinth saying that she will either veto or not accept the result and is wanting to keep Scotland in the EU with yet another independence vote.
She says that Scotland voted unanimously to Remain – yes it did, but Remain got 62% ... so would Nicola therefore entertain a similar veto from the 38% who voted Leave? I don’t think she would.
Regions and districts that voted Remain also can’t accept the overall result. The ‘Golden Triangle’ of Leeds, Harrogate and York all voted Remain, but the Leeds majority was only 2,389 which is only 0.62% of 387,337 votes.
Harrogate’s majority was 1,837, only 1.94% of 94,585 votes. York’s majority was 17,634 which was about 16%. More like a brass triangle than a golden one.
The EU is now getting shirty and demanding that the UK doesn’t delay in invoking Article 50, which starts the 24-month clock prior to our exit.
It’s rather strange that the EU hasn’t requested a similar no-delay request to its EU Court of Auditors who have refused to give a clean bill of health to the EU’s accounts for the past 20 years.
The UK has always been a net contributor into the coffers of the EU and so we can study where some of our money has been spent over recent years.
The EU helped to fund the following:
1. Cadbury moving production to Poland;
2. Ford Transit production to Turkey;
3. Jaguar Land Rover’s new plant in Slovakia;
4. The closure of Peugeot’s plant at Ryton;
5. The British Army’s Ajax vehicle to be built in Spain with Swedish steel;
6. Dyson Appliances’ move to Malaysia.
There are many others but these are the main ones. If the Remain group is happy to vote to see our EU membership fee spent on removing manufacturing away from our shores, then I recommend a crash course in loyalty, sovereignty and patriotism. I can’t wait to see the exit.
Thanks for your support
From: Tim Wood Royal British Legion, Mirfield
The Mayor of Kirklees Coun Jim Dodds’ chosen charity for his term of office is the Royal British Legion.
I have the privilege of being part of the British Legion fundraising team within Kirklees. Dozens of fundraising activities have been planned for the next 12 months.
On the 100th anniversary weekend of the Battle of the Somme a bucket collection was held at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium at half-time.
The crowd observed a minute’s silence before the match, and at half time we were allowed to collect.
I was accompanied by Mirfield branch president Barry Fretwell, chairman Dave Horrobin and town councillor David Pinder.
Mr Pinder gave a speech on the stadium tannoy about the casualties sustained by local battlions along the line on the first day of the battle, you could have heard a pin drop, the silence was eerie.
The response from the Rams supporters and Broncos fans was amazing, they just gave and gave.
One chap came up to me and said “Here’s my last £20 quid, I hope I’ve enough petrol to get home”.
In the bar afterwards the fans continued to give and give, with tales of their own particular relatives who fought and died on the Somme.
The generosity and kindness shown to us on the day was a great reflection of the spirit and goodwill of the Rams supporters and owners.
Thank you all very much, you made our day truly outstanding.
Waste of cash on Lees land
From: Nigel Ingham, Thornhill Lees
It comes as no surprise that after 12 years not one developer is willing to risk investing in the controversial contaminated and frequently flooding industrial site in the centre of Thornhill Lees.
The council spent £75,000 of taxpayers’ money on an assessment outlining what measures had to be carried out to make the site safe for housing.
A lenghty report produced with over 30 strict conditions clearly makes development for housing not commercially viable.
Questions need to be asked why public funds were spent on something which is normally the responsibility of the land owners wishing to develop land.
Also, 12 years on, why is the council asking to borrow more money to buy potentially worthless building land for millions of pounds which was originally purchased for a fraction of that price?
Kirklees Council are intending to build over 4,000 homes, and new roads etc on the nearby surrounding hillsides, so there is no question of a shortage of safe building land in the locality.
Why are the council so intent on building on a designated flood plain in the recent wake of devastation caused by flooding in the Calder Valley?
Should the council be successful in obtaining the loan and purchasing the land, what then?
More publicly-funded handouts to finance possibly years of expensive remediation work before even one brick is laid.
The repercussions from the vote to leave the EU will likely mean years of public service cutbacks, and the major home-building companies will not take the risk of developing sites with so many problems.
Should the council cut their losses and channel funds to more important issues?
Let’s just get on with it!
From: ‘A Brexit Voter’
What a load of bad losers you lot are, boo hoo!
Throwing your toys out of the pram. You lost, live with it, move on!
Let’s say a neighbour wins the jackpot in the lottery draw, do you expect them to hand it back so that you have a second chance to win it? No!
The same applies, what part of no second referendum don’t you understand?
Then we have calls from Ms Sturgeon for a further referendum after losing two in Scotland, so get back in your box and close the lid; and if there’s room for the infamous Jeremy Corbyn, take him.
The important thing now is to look after the people in our country, no matter what race, colour or religion.
So let’s get to work building our country to its former glory, and show the rest of Europe what we’re made of.
So stop whinging you lot, and let’s get to it!
Fairness when it suits them
From: Steve Cass, Mirfield
What sanctimonious twaddle from Paula Sherriff MP and friends in last week’s Forum, ‘United against hate and fear’.
Poor dears, they’re fretting over the divisions in society that they believe have been caused by the EU referendum result and by all those nasty inconsiderate leave-voters.
I wonder how concerned they’d have been about ‘divisions’ had the vote gone the way they wanted and expected.
Our politicians’ shameless application of double standards and inconsistencies is a perfect illustration of their contempt for the rest of us.
Consider for instance Ms Sherriff’s enthusiasm for promoting what she refers to as ‘the benefits of diversity’ together with her call last week for unity.
Our paradoxical MP favours diversity and opposes division; she is a committed supporter of the multicultural society yet opposes the division it creates.
I’d love to know how she deals with her cognitive dissonance.
Lefties have a fondness of talking about ‘tolerance and democracy’ yet in reality, as their response to the EU referendum result reveals, they support democracy only in so far as it comes up with the correct decision and are tolerant only of that with which they agree.
Fairness, but only when it suits.
Not long ago, writing for the Yorkshire Post, Paula Sherriff was singing the praises of ‘difference and diversity’ whilst at the same time musing that perhaps criticism of ‘difference and diversity’ should be criminalised.
As the man said, “You couldn’t make it up”.
Half-pint price just isn’t on
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
I’ve just been reading a report from the ‘Campaign For Real Ale’ (CAMRA) which is urging licensees to charge fairly for half pint of beer after a survey discovered almost 50 per cent of licensees who overcharge are adding between six and 20 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.
What was their sacrifice for?
From: Mr G Lyons, Isle of Wight
I read with interest the letter from John Appleyard in The Press, dated May 27.
I, too, served in the Durham Light Infantry, serving with them in the front line with the First Army in North Africa.
I was one of the first ashore on the invasion of Italy at Salerno. I was with them from 1943 until they were disbanded.
What marvellous fighters they were, and had so much courage.
The fighting was hard, getting the enemy off the hills and mountains of the Appenines.
I visited the Durham Light Infantry Museum in Durham, before it closed.
I have returned twice to visit the war graves of my comrades in many places of Italy, who laid their young lives down for our wonderful country.
Their lives were lost, and for what, as our country has been allowed to be run down by different governments, and those young lives thrown away?
The war graves are kept in such wonderful condition, as they should be, as they hold so many brave, young men.