Let’s love where we live!
Letter of the Week: Name and address supplied
Having recently moved house I have started using the Spen Valley Greenway and hadn’t realised how lovely it was until now.
The one huge downfall in some parts is the amount of litter strewn in the hedges, bushes and snickets leading on/off and along the Greenway.
People should love where they live and respect it. If there is no bin to hand then they should take it home to preserve the beauty around them for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.
It’s a shame it is tarnished by some people’s thoughtlessness and disregard for everyone else.
I notice there are bin bags along the route which are being used but are often very full.
The snicket off Headlands Road in Liversedge is particularly bad and it does need some attention.
It would be a great idea if the local schools could get on board and maybe design a notice for the snicket entrances to the Greenway to encourage people to think twice before dropping their litter. A competition for the best notice?
Also an organised community litter picking day could be organised to clear the litter if Kirklees aren’t prepared to deal with the issue themselves.
Vandalism causes untold pain to us
From: Carole Beal, Heckmondwike
Just to highlight the problem with vandalism in our cemeteries and churchyards.
Six weeks ago we buried a much-loved son, brother and nephew at the tender age of 28 years from bowel cancer, in Heckmondwike Cemetery.
He requested that his resting place was in the place of his birth.
After all the floral tributes were removed his mum placed fresh flowers and a glass solar light on his grave to reflect his love of lights and to help her in her darkest moments.
After only three days the glass solar light was stolen.
Do these people know the pain they cause grieving families? They are small inexpensive objects, but have very special meanings.
I hope these people someday feel the pain they cause because one day they too will lose a loved one and want to place flowers and objects in remembrance.
Please let all respect and teach our children to respect cemeteries and churchyards; these places are not to be stolen from or vandalised, or used as playgrounds.
They are for quiet reflection, so to move or steal family tributes causes untold pain to all suffering the loss of a loved one.
Help me make tolerance a reality
From: Ednan Hussain, Dewsbury Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Spokesperson
Last week brought a timely reminder of a key achievement when the Liberal Democrats were in government. The Pupil Premium was introduced to enable schools to provide additional help to those pupils who needed it to get the best start in life, for example for one to one tuition.
The Pupil Premium succeeded in halving the gap between poorer and richer children in those secondary schools that used it to best effect.
Now, independent research published by the Sutton Trust has provided clear evidence that almost one third of schools are having to use it to fill gaps in the budget caused by the Conservatives governing on their own, without the influence of the Liberal Democrats.
Conservative cuts to education spending are damaging the life chances of children and young people. A report by the National Audit Office has found schools in England are facing £3billion of cuts by 2020. These cuts make a mockery of Theresa May’s claim to be building a country that works for everyone.
But like him or loath him, everybody knows that with Jeremy Corbyn as leader Labour is unelectable. Recent polling shows that less than half of even Labour voters want him as PM.
The Liberal Democrats are now the real opposition and the best hope for a brighter future for the children and young people in all our communities.
If we achieved the Pupil Premium with only 57 MPs out of 650, how much more we could do with 100 – 200 – 300!
Now you have the chance to vote for the future we want. I will be campaigning hard for the open, tolerant and united country I believe in so passionately. Help me make it a reality.
Britain remains a peaceful country
From: Alec Suchi, Bradford
In her column in your paper the MP for Batley and Spen, Tracy Brabin, asserts that hate crime is increasing both in Kirklees in particular and the country as a whole, without providing any substantive evidence for this allegation (April 14).
Since our decision to leave the EU in June 2016, there has been unsubstantiated claims to this effect, but it is never clear how this supposed increased intolerance manifests itself.
There has been a tendency to subscribe sinister political motives to attacks which have occurred, for example in Croydon, when attacks have always occurred and unfortunately will occur in the future.
Each event needs to be examined on its own terms and not within some predetermined theory.
Britain remains a remarkably peaceful country, notwithstanding occasional incidents to the contrary, and some sense of proportion needs to be maintained.
It would seem that there are those who oppose our leaving the EU and are determined to contrive cases of intolerance to undermine this decision. It beholds those in position of influence like Ms Brabin to maintain a sense of proportion and not peddle sensationalist nonsense.
We’re still stuck with a two-party state
From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge
I refer to Garry Kitchen’s and Alec Suchi’s succinct letters in last weeks Press.
Garry correctly concludes the only sensible route to a representative and inclusive Government is some form of proportional representation.
Unfortunately “sensible” and “politics” do not sit well together, and we are left with the current sorry mess which British democracy has become.
All traditional Labour voters ever wanted was:
• Decent jobs for decent pay
• Decent working conditions
• Decent healthcare
• Decent schools for our kids
• Decent opportunities for our kids to do better than ourselves if they have the talent and ability
• Decent housing
• Clean streets
• A fair distribution of the tax burden
• A robust defence of our security, interests, and way of life suitable for current and future threats.
As Alec implied, the Labour Party under Blair was saved from the totalitarian hard left only to be hijacked by the intellectually arrogant, bleeding heart, middle class, metropolitan elite, leftie luvvies.
So, until we get Garry’s PR system, through which we may get an independent “reborn” traditional Labour Party, we are in effect stuck with a two-party system.
Labour obviously do not regard the UKIP protest vote as a real threat, either because their strategic analysis shows that the vote is too evenly spread and hence UKIP will always come second at best in any General Election, or the Labour leadership is delusional.
The latter exemplified by a recent statement from that intellectual heavyweight Diane Abbott who pronounced that Labour could fall to below 10 per cent in the polls if any of Jeremy Corbyn’s vocal critics try to replace him because most of the party’s support is down to his leadership.
So, until UKIP can get their act together and stop appearing like a party of amateur buffoons, we are stuck with a two-party state, with only one real option for a truly effective protest vote.
Anniversary of Ellen Nussey’s birth
From: John Appleyard, Liversedge
The name of Ellen Nussey may not be too familiar to many readers, but she was a lifelong friend of the author Charlotte Bronte, whom she met at Roe Head school in Mirfield in 1831.
Ellen was the 12th child of John Nussey, a clothing merchant of Birstall Smithies, near Gomersal.
In the 1840s Ellen and Charlotte were regular visitors to Oakwell Hall, a young ladies’ boarding school.
Ellen Nussey’s early home was the ‘Rydings’ at Birstall, which partly inspired ‘Thornfield Hall’ in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
The Rydings property is still partly visible on the Leeds Road (A62), and near the crossroads with A652 Bradford Road.
The Nusseys’ last rented home, where she died aged 80 years old in 1897, was Moor Lane House, which is now the Gomersal Park Hotel.
After Charlotte Bronte’s death in 1855 Ellen defended her memory and reputation in a number of letters, some of which can still be seen in the University of Leeds.
This week, April 20, is the 200th anniversary of Ellen’s birth, she is buried in the graveyard at St Peter’s Church in Birstall.
Partnerships are diverting health cash
From: Name and address supplied
I find it outrageous at a time when central government funding for the NHS is being squeezed deliberately to the lowest percentage of GDP in its history, that ‘Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ are being set up to divert more NHS money into shareholder profits.
Patients are now being denied prescriptions and procedures that they need at a time when brand-new NHS money is going direct to probably healthy shareholders’ offshore tax havens through the financial markets, without even going past a patient.
This is happening in all areas now. What moral authority do shareholders have over the poorly people who cannot access certain prescriptions and procedures, and/or experience CCGs’ arbitrary and punitive lifestyle mandates to ‘jump through hoops’, eg lose weight.
We as patients, do not have to get behind the STPs, we have to point out that no-one voted for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and Hammond and NHS bosses are undemocratically but deliberately putting the ‘economy’ into the NHS, to make it like the US health industry, where taxpayers pay out more money for less treatment than anywhere in the developed world and business fraud is endemic.
Consider the NHS when you’re voting
From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike
So now we come to the big one. The General Election, where the people decide which political party, or which party leader they trust the most.
Which one is telling the truth? Maybe the local candidates will come more into the reckoning.
But let’s put the personalities to one side for a moment, and consider what issues we as individuals feel strongly about.
Everyone has issues they feel are more important than others.
For me the top priority is the future of our NHS. Do we want to have a health service that is the envy of the world, as it still was only seven years ago, funded by public money, and treating us all, rich, poor, young or old with the same care and dedication, or do we want a health service funded by private money from insurance companies, who put profit for investors as top priority, and the patients the least important?
I can’t tell anyone who to vote for, that’s up to each of us to decide, but please think about our NHS when putting that X on the ballot paper.