Don’t forget who’s paying your wages
Letter of the Week: S Crossley, Batley
As predicted, our council tax is going to rise.
Not to be outdone by other authorities, Kirklees will be one of the highest.
As stated before, it’s not surprising since only half of us will be paying it.
Although the reason is a genuine and noble cause, community and elderly care etc, it’s time we stopped branding the elderly as a statistic and the reason for mounting costs in the NHS.
This was the diamond generation that rescued our country during the war years; it’s a shame there is not a lot more of that generation alive.
It’s time our MPs stop treating them as statistics and give them the respect they deserve.
Kirklees, it seems, can raise money for a trunk road that will benefit Huddersfield, an art gallery, a new shopping centre etc.
I, for one, want to know what our existing charges are going on.
Granted we get our wheelie bins emptied, but what else?
In Dewsbury we seem to be favouring the system of invisible policing; we have the outdoor drinking community on the benches drinking from early doors.
I thought this was illegal, do you see any bobbies?
Gangs of youths roam the town. No wonder the people of Dewsbury deserted the place a long time ago.
A lad should be able to have a drink after work, go home to his family, without getting murdered.
Correct me if I’m wrong, is it three murder investigations ongoing?
At one time it was a bit dodgy walking in the town late at night; now it’s teatime any day of the week.
If only our MPs would stop interfering in the democratic decisions of other countries and concentrate on our own situation, instead of putting the needs of other countries first.
Have a walk around your own constituency; it’s bad when a newly-elected MP jets off to another country before she meets the people that voted for her. Well, some of them.
Trouble is our own parliament has forgotten what it’s like to carry out what they get elected on; that’s why it sounds strange to them when somebody carries out what they promised.
Do what needs to be done, but don’t forget the people that give you a regular income.
Mary Taylor is remembered
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
I attended the Sunday morning service at St Mary’s Church in Gomersal, prior to laying the flowers on behalf of the local Bronte Society at the grave of Mary Taylor on what would have been her 200th birthday
It was a pleasure to carry out those duties, for Mary was an inspirational woman, a feminist and businesswoman who travelled the world, wrote books and was a friend of the Bronte family.
May I through your newspaper thank the church for their support, Flowers by Salindra in Heckmondwike for providing the beautiful flowers and the children of St Mary’s School in Gomersal for their display of Mary Taylor, which was much admired by the people who were present.
Public health could suffer
From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury
Anne Frank died in 1945, not because she had done anything wrong, but because of who she was.
In Nazi Germany, informants in civil society were ready to tell the authorities where people like her, were.
How worrying now, to find that our Government asked Leeds-based NHS Digital to ‘inform’ on addresses of suspected illegal immigrants and it has agreed.
GPs, when asked previously, refused to co-operate due to public health concerns.
No-one condones illegal immigration, but those who bring them in, traffickers and slave masters, as we’ve seen prosecuted in Batley, should pay, not the public.
Even discounting (which I don’t) that they may have suffered torture where they came from and be in dire need of healthcare, such immigrants may have serious communicable diseases.
If they or their handlers are afraid to get treatment for ailments, then we are all in grave danger and public health generally will be at risk.
If you also disagree, email Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP at privateoffice.external @homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk, call your own MP or NHS Digital (0300 3035678) or write to NHS Digital, 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AE.
Let’s show a united front
From: John Sheen, Dewsbury
I’m now starting to get extremely annoyed at these ‘has-been’ politicians crawling out of the woodwork.
Blair, Mandelson and Kinnock are all enjoying gold-plated EU pensions which, incidentally, will cease when we leave the European Union.
Farron, Clegg and Owen, not happy with the people’s choice, want another referendum.
Then we have John Major, the ex-Prime Minister who signed us up to the disastrous Maastricht Treaty.
Yes, this appalling piece of European legislation handcuffed us to the EU project.
He was happy enough to sign this without the consent of the British people, or indeed Parliamentory approval, then has the audacity to shout foul against our democratic choice.
We also have the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team of SNP cuckoos in Westminster bleating about another independence referendum if she can’t continue her way, being subservient to Brussels?
She clearly doesn’t appreciate how lucky the Scots are.
The Westminster grant (the Barnett formula) allows every man, woman and child at least £1,200 per head to be spent on them more than their English counterpart.
Scotland also enjoys four times, yes, four times, more business with the rest of the UK than with the EU.
In financial terms we should be her best friend.
These totally misguided advocates of democracy, but only when it suits, are showing the Brussels negotiators how divided we are as a nation, thereby weakening the Government’s negotiating strategy.
What these negative doom and gloom mongers appear to have overlooked is the fact that Britain does approximately £200billion worth of business with the EU, yet they do around £280billion with the UK.
Theresa May is absolutely right to play hardball. We don’t need to be in the single market, we can negotiate access to it, just like many other countries do.
The European Union has much more to lose if they want to try to punish us as they’ve already indicated.
It would be suicidal for their car, wine, cheese and agriculture industries, and many more businesses if they take this uncooperative stance.
The British people – 17.4 million of us – have democratically voted to leave the EU.
It’s time our elected and indeed unelected Parliamentarians showed a united and powerful voice instead of trying to gain unnecessary brownie points.
Britain leads the world in commerce, technology and science and we should grasp this amazing global opportunity whilst maintaining a friendly and free trading economic partnership with the whole of Europe.
Trump’s got my vote
From: James Dewhirst, Batley
After some of the characters who have tried their hand at being leader of a nation, I can’t understand the criticism of Donald Trump.
He gets things done at speed; has the guts to deal with awkward people and trouble-makers; has experience of real life, unlike most of our career politicians, and has shown he can toughen out difficult circumstances.
In my opinion, in Britain after World War Two, apart from a handful of noble prime ministers, we have been led by ‘chickens’ such as Edward Heath, Alec Douglas-Home, John Major and David Cameron, or egocentric megalomaniacs of the ilk of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
We need a Northern Labour Party that lives in the real world
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
I can’t decide if being a leader makes you delusional, or you have to be delusional to be a leader? I base this on recent events.
1) Tony Blair’s call for Remainers to rise up and follow him on a crusade to scupper Britexit.
This call to arms is based on the belief that he knows what is best for the country, because he was a successful world leader.
2) Jeremy Corbyn’s reaction to the recent by-election result in Copeland.
This is that Labour’s policies and track record are not to blame for the loss of Copeland, the party just need to make a better effort in getting their policies across to northern folk.
Here is my alternative assessment of why Labour voters are turning their back on the party and many ignored their edict for all Labour supporters to vote Remain.
Let’s for a moment reflect on the legacy of 13 years of Labour rule:
1) Globalisation which has turned the UK into a low-skilled economy fuelled by cheap immigrant labour.
2) Our key infrastructure, water, energy and public transport owned and controlled by foreign hedge funds, and EU state-owned monopolies.
3) An obsession, with anti-discrimination legislation. This has created the politically correct, risk-averse claims culture we now live under and has resulted in the rise of the nanny state.
The beneficiaries of this are the greedy no-win no-fee lawyers, whilst ordinary folk have had to put up and live with the consequences of an endless stream of stupid policies and decisions made by Labour-controlled councils.
4) A hands-off approach to the deregulated financial sector.
We are all feeling the consequence of this in our pockets apart from maybe the banks, who have been handed £850bn in support from the taxpayer.
5) Trying to force western Christian democratic values onto the Muslim world through military intervention.
According to these two, and their sycophantic acolytes, the above legacy is the successful outcome of a Labour administration and they cannot understand why voters don’t want more of the same.
It is really time we had a no-nonsense Northern Labour Party who actually live in the real world and represent ordinary people.
‘Legendary’ should be reserved for very best
From: Michael Stott, Ossett
With reference to last week’s publicity insert in The Press, with the utmost respect I do feel it is stretching credulity beyond its limits to hang the sobriquet of ‘legendary drummer’ around Paul Fenton.
I do not dispute his connection to Marc Bolan, after all a photo tells its own story.
However Pete Frame’s comprehensive ‘Rock Family Trees’ ignores his contribution to the T Rex legacy completely, while his contributions to the ‘Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow’ sessions were minimal at best.
While admitting his contribution to the general 70s pop scene is noteworthy, the status of ‘legendary drummer’ is surely the reserve of such savage protagonists of the calibre of John Bonham, Ginger Baker and Keith Moon for instance, to say nothing of the previous generation of big band percussionists, and to elevate Mr Fenton to the same plateau would be ridiculous and should be kept in perspective.
Overloaded Auntie is a waste of our money
From: PW Rhodes, Mirfield
The BBC’s annual income is going on towards £4 billion.
It is supposed to operate under the terms of the ‘Royal Charter in the reign of Elizabeth the Second’.
This states, amongst its numerous pages, that it must be politically neutral.
It does not do this, and after Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell finished ‘politicising’ the organisation, it became overloaded with biased, liberal lefties, such as Evan Davis (Newsnight), Andrew Marr, Bill Nighy etc.
Moreover, the BBC Trust has ultimate responsibility for strict stewardship of the licence fee revenue and its other resources; in simple terms – not waste licence-payers’ hard-earned cash!
It does not adhere to this rule either. At the last count, there were 130 BBC staff earning more than the Prime Minister.
Even 2009 released financial figures showed: Director General Mark Thompson, salary £664,000, total remuneration £834,000;
Deputy Mark Byford, £471,000; also a further 40 or 50 or so on over £200,000, even in 2009!
Also, it is up to readers to judge whether the likes of Gary Lineker, the football link man, is worth £1million plus a year, and gigantic amounts paid to some of the so-called entertainers.
Therefore, with the BBC’s abuse of licence payers’ money, and their seemingly dismissive ignorance of the rules of the Royal Charter, just what right have they to haul people in front of a legal court to demand money that they don’t keep strict stewardship of?
Parliament were going to look at the goings-on, and the BBC’s extravagance, but I’ve heard nothing much yet.