Equality isn’t going to happen here
Letter of the Week: Bernard Cosgrove, Norristhorpe
There is an old saying: ‘The only things worth knowing are never taught in school’.
How about teaching youngsters to concentrate on their strengths, and not be waylaid on their weaknesses?
Teach them ethics, loyalty, manners, values, respect for parents and adults, keeping promises, punctuality, positive thinking, logic and the importance of keeping out of debt, first aid and general medical matters.
I read that four-year-olds are going to have ‘sex’ lessons, more non-tangible teaching to muddle up their minds and deprive them of their childhood.
As they get older, they are bombarded by ‘equality’ claptrap, which will never happen as long as two per cent of the world’s population has 90 per cent of the wealth; the top 50 richest people having more than the bottom three billion!
People cling to their dream of winning Euromillions, or some fairy godmother miraculously making them rich.
This ‘equality’ rubbish has never happened in history, and it ain’t going to happen now in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike or anywhere.
It was experimented with by the hippy ‘flower-power’ people in the 1960s, especially in the USA, but it only lasted a few years when followers saw the light.
They realised there was always someone who just had to be the leader, and they were being ripped off by giving money to the ideological maharishi-types and mystic cult leaders, who were driving around in Rolls Royce limousines – a bit like some of our charities in today’s crooked world.
More emphasis needs to be put on character-building in the wild outdoors, toughness and fitness.
Take lessons from the grammar schools of the 50s and 60s and our top private schools, some like Winchester having nearly as many foreign pupils as British.
Remember the saying ‘The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton’?
We don’t need any more kids who are great with computer games, or have a string of excessive GCSEs, a soft degree at a third-rate university and a starting debt of £30,000!
Both sides of intolerance
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
I left school at the age of 15 so never had the privilege of a university education, but I hear from time to time of the goings-on in these establishments
Danny Lockwood is right to express concern at the banning of various speakers from the campuses just because they don’t share the views of some students, but Danny is wrong to attribute these problems solely to the far left.
For example, some universities recently have cancelled meetings hosted by ‘Friends of Palestine’ after lobbying from a pro-Israel organisation.
Not everyone who speaks out for Palestine can be accused of anti-semitism, we really do need to be more tolerant of each other and stop what is a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and expression.
Thanks for your support
From: Paul Marshall, via email
We at Hanging Heaton WMC organised a charity darts tournament. The preliminary game took place on Saturday February 18, with finals night due to be held on March 18.
We would like to say a big thank you to our local community, our local darts players and to our organisers for raising funds and awareness for three cancer charities: Prostate Cancer UK, Pink Ribbon Foundation and Macmillan.
We raised over £750 on the night and we are looking to raise even more at our second event.
Sign up for Lords change
From: Ian Fitton, via email
The behaviour of the House of Lords in attempting to derail or delay the issuing of Article 50 by the Government has brought into focus the relevance of such an archaic, privileged, unelected, undemocratic, cronyism-riddled body.
Now is the time for all fair-minded democratic people of the UK to tell the Government that enough is enough and rid this country of these out-of-touch nonentities for good.
I urge all fair democratic-minded people who feel this unelected body should be replaced with a democratically-elected representative second chamber to sign the government petition on the net and get this issue debated openly in the House of Commons.
Maybe then we can move on with a more modern fairer and representative political system.
New rules are much-needed
From: Robert Cowan, Sandal
I am delighted that at long last stricter laws have come into force concerning the use of mobile phones while driving a vehicle, although it is debatable whether the new penalties to be imposed on wayward drivers are even now a sufficiently potent deterrent.
The newly-introduced fine of £200 for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is a step in the right direction and should be taken more seriously by drivers than the derisory fines of £30, £60, and £100 with three penalty points on the licence which applied at various times in previous years.
However, the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is so widespread that you have to ask if even the newly-introduced issue of six penalty points to an offending driver’s licence will be disincentive enough to eschew this appalling, dangerous and anti-social habit which for many seems to be something of an addiction.
Newly-qualified drivers who transgress with mobile phones will now lose their licence altogether and be obliged to retake both the theory and practical driving tests.
But it could be argued that all transgressors, newly-qualified or not, should have their licences rescinded, or at least given a fixed ban.
Are our roads not busy and hazardous enough without drivers increasing risks by illegally using a mobile phone, thus failing to focus totally when behind the wheel?
Figures show that more than 200 people have been killed in the last 10 years by drivers distracted by mobile phones.
This is a shocking statistic and underlines the gravity of the offence which to me is on a par with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In fact, according to the Transport Research Laboratory, reaction times are twice as long for drivers who are texting compared to those who have been drinking.
It remains to be seen how effective the new laws will be in persuading people not to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
Personally, I shall not hold my breath.
In defence of the system
From: D Johnson, Mirfield
Can I suggest that it is the liberal-minded thinking of people like Christine Hyde that has actually caused much of the present problems we now face?
Last week she suggested that the NHS should not report anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant when that person is seeking free medical care.
Can I remind people like Mrs Hyde that they are defending illegals, and if the NHS does not start asking questions then what is to stop anyone from anywhere in the world coming to this country and receiving free healthcare?
Can I also remind them that this country spends millions of pounds per month on foreign aid, while at the same time our citizens are seeing their own medical care options diminishing.
If someone genuinely needs asylum then they should apply through the legal channels.
Let us not forget that most illegals are looking for a better life and have given up on their own country, but we cannot open our arms and welcome the hundreds of millions around the world who would enter Britain illegally, given the chance. We need to discourage others by finding illegals by any fair means and sending them home.
These liberals probably believe that we should also house and give out benefits to anyone who asks for it.
And it may well be that these are the same people who are protesting to our Government about protecting the rights of EU nationals after Brexit without a single care for British citizens living in other EU.
What does it offer us?
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
With all the media spotlight focusing on the recent antics in that unelected old blokes club the House of Lords, I seem to have missed the campaign to ensure that Junker and his cronies respect and maintain the rights of UK citizens living in Europe.
Then again, perhaps there wasn’t one.
No protection for those expats, who, to quote an oft-used phrase by David Cameron, “did the right thing” and planned and saved for their retirement and decided to spend their final years in the sun.
Perhaps if they had retired to the Caymen Islands instead of sunny Spain then there might have been more interest in their fate.
Perhaps it’s pure self interest for those campaigners who have foreign spouses.
Perhaps its an unmissable opportunity for the Pointless Parties to get their hands on 3m votes.
Perhaps it’s because we are a divided country north-south.
The Conservative Party have long ago abandoned ordinary northern folk as a lost cause.
The Labour Party pay lip service to our concerns and interests because, come what may, we will vote Labour anyway, and as a fall back, they can always rely on the imported immigrant vote.
To be honest, I am left wondering just what modern democracy has to offer ordinary folk.