Not met anyone who disapproves
Letter of the Week: Beth Chappell, Batley
On the subject of the pilot scheme requiring ID checks at polling stations – I couldn’t agree more with the Government!
It’s a minor inconvenience that will hopefully restore a bit of faith in the whole voting system, and if they tighten up on postal voting then all the better.
It’s never been much of a problem up in the suburbs of leafy Batley where I live, but your picture on the front page last week of the Dewsbury South election count really hit the nail on the head.
The statistics show that allegations of election fraud have tended to pile up in parts of Dewsbury, hence we’ve been chosen for this pilot scheme.
I’ve not met one person since this was announced who doesn’t think showing some form official ID at a polling station isn’t a good idea.
Even if you don’t have a driving licence or passport (and I’ve not met many people who don’t have that) then a utility bill or some other form that ties you to an address is a simple way of proving who you are.
Other countries have done it for years (heck, in some places you have to carry official ID with you at all times) so it’s not like we’re really guinea pigs.
Let’s get on with it and make sure our elections are free and fair – and make sure we can all have faith in a secure system.
One step away from a crisis
From: Pauline Beaumont, Liversedge
I had to wait for several hours with a close relative of mine last week at Dewsbury’s A&E department.
It was a minor injury, admittedly, but the wait and the lack of staff really brought home to me what a state our NHS has become.
Usually when people come into contact with the health service all the news stories and scaremongering fades into the background and we all praise what a wonderful experience we, individually have had.
I’ve done that before too, but what I saw last week has really dented my faith in what used to be a brilliant system we could rely on.
I won’t go into specifics, but it felt like the whole place was just a computer crash or simple piece of equipment failure away from a major crisis. Quite how the doctors and nurses there are still functioning under the strain I shall never know.
That was the actual idea?
From: Maureen Scatchard, Batley
MP Tracy Brabin fears that having to show proof of identity could drive some ‘voters’ away.
Isn’t that the whole simple idea?
Cold wind of reality
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I have been reading reports in The Guarniad of late (for the sake of my blood pressure, I really need to stop reading this paper), which appear to be trumpeting (excuse the pun) Jeremy Corbyn as the Donald Trump of the British political class.
He is apparently to be marketed as the radical, leftfield, anti-establishment figure with the idea that Labour will then hoover up voters who are disenfranchised and alienated from the incumbent elite ruling class.
What mind-bending drugs do they take down in London?
A 70s throwback pacifist vegan communist, who has his Momentum thought police stifling any criticism, whose strings are pulled by the two Red Lens, Mccluskey and Livingstone.
Is Jeremy to be the acceptable face of the Militant Tendency-inspired Big Brother state?
It is plainly obvious from recent pronouncements from the general socialist chattering classes that Labour has abandoned its core voters in the northern industrial areas, in favour of being a party of the “minorities” of whatever colour, caste, batty cause, or ethnicity.
This explains the incomprehensible policy statement and rhetoric issued of late, both locally and nationally, ie: They want to represent the 48% Remainers, despite the fact that in our area they were 35%ish.
Another reality check for R Trace here!
The fact that they support uncontrolled immigration, and endlessly state what a benefit it is to the UK.
This flood of cheap immigrant labour which was started by “Toxic” Tony Blair, is of course a ready voter base.
They never tried to reverse Thatcher’s neoliberalism because of the above.
They even made it worse by embracing American-driven globalisation.
The dismissal of the recent Creasy report on the lack of integration by certain sectors of the Pakistani Sunni population.
Apparently there isn’t a problem, and if there was one, it is created by “white flight?”
Perhaps they assume that the northern working class will just vote Labour no matter what, so no need to bother with their concerns or views.
I feel the cold wind of reality is already starting to blow up the kilts of leftie luvvies everywhere, they just haven’t noticed yet.
Firth was a real pioneer
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
I’m enjoying reading Mike Popplewell’s revelations as he follows the Spen Valley Civic Society’s ‘Fame Trail’.
His latest offering refers to Firth Park in Heckmondwike.
Sir Algernon Firth, who owned the Flush Mills in Heckmondwike, was also involved in pioneering model housing schemes which would benefit working class people who wanted to build houses so that the days of cramped and insanitary homes would be over.
The Firthcliffe Estate in Liversedge was built between 1923-24 on land donated by Sir Algernon Firth.
Firth didn’t want his workers living in close proximity to the mills, but on the hillside where they could enjoy the glorious view of the Spen Valley.
How did Firthcliffe get its name?
Firth set up mills in the United States of America and was one of that country’s largest carpet producers.
One of the mills he set up to the north of New York had a village built especially for its workforce, and it was called Firthcliffe.