Thanks from a happy reader
Letter of the Week: Ian Beaumont, Dewsbury
I might not agree with everything you write, but I just wanted to add my congratulations and thanks to you for 15 years of publishing The Press.
We’ve had it through my letterbox for free for the last four years – and we bought it before that.
For what is for many people a free product it’s a fantastic paper, and a tool you can use all week to keep informed and up to date with what’s happening around the district.
And it was nice to be able to put a few faces to the names!
Without you, there would be politicians and other officials sleeping a little too easy at night, thinking that their schemes will go undiscovered.
Keep fighting the good fight, we need a local paper like you to keep the bad guys and letting us know about the good guys!
It can’t be right that our MPs earn so much
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
When Ed Milliband was leader of the Labour Party he frequently accused George Osborne of being a part-time Chancellor of the Exchequer.
News that Osborne is to become the editor of the London Evening Standard makes you wonder how he can find the time to serve his constituents as an MP. A former editor of the Evening Standard claimed he worked an 80-100 hour week!
This moonlighting of jobs in Parliament is nothing new.
Boris Johnson was serving as Mayor of London when he became MP in 2015, not to mention his £275,000 a year pay for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph, which he called chicken feed.
Sir Nicholas Soames, a Tory grandee, grandson of Winston Churchill and an MP since 1983, tried to block the introduction of a £3.60 minimum wage in 1998, whilst holding senior positions at four businesses.
It was said at the time he was earning up to £11 per minute of work.
This is the tip of the iceberg. Some 303 MPs and 493 peers have outside earnings. They may not have broken any laws, but it can’t be right that these elected representatives are not giving 100 per cent effort to those they deem to represent.
Well done Natasha, it was a brilliant show
From: Wendy Storey, Mirfield
‘What a magical show ‘Night at the Movie Musicals’ was last weekend at Batley Town Hall.
The multi-talented Natasha Harper produced and organised the show, and she is to be thanked and congratulated.
It was as good as any West End theatre show and covered many varied movies.
The costumes were superb and both the acting and singing was outstanding from both adults and Natasha’s young students, who were delightful.
It’s a shame that the hall was only half-full as it was great value for money on our doorstep.
I know Natasha put such a lot of hard work into producing this and it is no easy task, so good on you gal, it was a great success and we look forward to your ‘Night at the Cavern’ at Batley Vintage Festival at the end of May.
With the future of our libraries and town halls in the balance, it’s good to know that people like Natasha and other local groups choose to put their shows on in Batley.
Let’s hope that they will carry on doing so and keep our town hall for the use of such events which we all can attend and enjoy.
They got the ball rolling
From: Mr Priestley, Battyeford
As a former economics teacher, pupils used to ask me about Britain’s national debt, now heading for £1.9 trillion.
Well, it all started after the war when a Labour government blew the billions of United States aid on their extreme socialist experiment of welfare and nationalisation programmes, which needed huge yearly borrowing once the aid ran out.
Also, they expected that once people were cured by the NHS, that was it. Just look at all the new illnesses, many caused by pollution, additives to the food chain, diet, loose living and stress.
Our Scottish double act of Blair and Brown referred to massive borrowing for NHS hospitals as ‘investment’, even though it was with colossal interest rates as Private Finance Initiatives, which we and our grandchildren will have to pay off in taxes.
Today the NHS is a money magnet for pharmaceutical companies, incompetent managers, high-paid executives, temporary locum doctors and nurses and foreign health tourists.
Can’t we have action that puts an end to all this? The last six Labour governments have left our country skint every time. Their last Treasury boss, Liam Byrne, had the cheek to leave a note for his successor, ‘Sorry, no money left!’
Finally, regarding the letter from P Rhodes about BBC extravagance with our money, the ‘little Irish leprechaun’ Graham Norton is on an estimated £2.5m a year. That’s the cost of over 20,000 licence fees.
Is all this a joke or just mockery?
A massive thank you for your vital help
From: Name and address supplied
Recently I lost everything – my house, my job, my car and I felt so low that I was suicidal.
I tried contacting the NHS but did not get anywhere with them, so I ended up calling Liversedge Health Centre, where I spoke to a girl called Emmy.
She saved my life – if it was not for her there is a good chance I might not be here, so I want to say a massive thank you to her.
I want people to realise that if they feel like I did, they need to speak to somebody.
Better once we’re out
From: Arthur Roberts, Dewsbury
It is my opinion that if Great Britain had as many ‘traitor’ types in the early 1940s as there are in the country today, then the Germans would have been able to get into pleasure steam boats, cross the Channel, and take over our country without a war.
People such as Heseltine, Clegg, Blair, Tim Farron, Nicola Sturgeon, most Lib Dems, plenty in the House of Lords, and Gina Miller and her motley crew.
Also, we have ‘has-beens’ like Mandelson and Neil Kinnock protecting their massive pensions from the European Union, the latter, along with his wife, collecting £8m for their stint as EU commissioners.
They seem to have allegiance more to Germany and the EU than their own land.
Make no mistake, once we get out of the clutches of Brussels and all their cronies, our future should be as bright as ever with trade around the world.
Hopefully, a lot of the benefit will go to poorer workers, not shirkers.
Also, we’ll get tougher with criminals once we’ve got rid of the EU Court of Human Rights, and all the rich lawyers.