Rows are turning me off politics
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I enjoy reading your paper each week and particularly the letters pages which often make for interesting reading, with last week being particularly exceptional.
I wish to congratulate Coun Paul Kane for his quite exquisite impersonation of a cross between Jim Royle and Albert Steptoe.
Those of my generation will remember Albert fondly, a cynical man who does everything he can to prevent his son Harold from having a better life.
After reading Coun Kane’s letter last week all I could think of was him, like grumpy old Jim Royle, sat in his armchair mumbling about the world we live in today.
His attack on the MP is to be expected, Kane is Labour, Reevell is Conservative.
You are more likely to find Sir Alex Ferguson admitting in his next book that he actually enjoys Roy Keane’s company, than politicians from opposing parties agreeing with each other.
We have seen previously that Dewsbury is often a playground for this type of politics, as was stated in another letter last week from Stephen Crossley.
What I found particularly uncomfortable was that as a councillor, he chose to dismiss and belittle publicly a local action group’s spokesman as a ‘Jackass’ simply because he's opposed the council’s plans.
He dismissed this group representative’s views on one hand yet earlier in his letter was singing the virtues of those residents protesting about the hospital plans.
It appears to be a case of one rule for one group and one for another.
Your letter, Coun Kane, showed why the public have little faith in our politicians.
I’m sure I wasn't the only reader turned off by this childish name-calling behaviour.
A real victory for locals?
From: Harry Drake, Batley
I had to laugh at the folly that was Mark Eastwood’s letter, claiming a victory on behalf of the Chidswell Action Group on the issue of the LDF.
The reality of submitting another plan under the present government, especially with Eric Pickles at the helm, will definitely mean a massive increase in the number of houses, maybe an extra thousand, who knows?
But one thing is for certain, this government will be demanding more development on Chidswell, not less.
The previous plan was trying to limit the development, but also steer it towards Grange Road, an existing industrial development.
I dread to think what will be coming for our area, but Mr Eastwood has led local residents right down the garden path claiming this as any kind of victory, which was clearly motivated for his own political gain.
I will remind him of this when his government come back to Kirklees Council demanding thousands of additional houses for Dewsbury which, I might add, will be a legal requirement for the council to comply with.
How is that victory for local people, Mr Eastwood?
Time for a park re-brand
From: Jim Ellis, Ossett
If the good people at Crow Nest Park would only re-brand themselves their troubles would be over.
May I suggest the museum could rename itself: The Mehboob Khan Centre For The Study Of Bio Diversity And Multi-Cultural History In The Greater Huddersfield Area.
And the park could be renamed The Outer Kirklees Green Space, with the inclusion of such key phrases as multi-cultural, bio, green, Kirklees, Huddersfield, and Mehboob Khan, And of course the avoidance of the word Dewsbury should ensure tens of thousands of pounds of investment from the council.
Not to mention the probability of hundreds of thousands in ‘no names, no pack drill’ lottery funding.
All as bad as each other
From: Pat Crisp, Cross Bank, Batley
I would like to congratulate Stephen Crossley on his letter last week.
Councillors are all as bad as each other, in Kirklees it doesn’t matter where you Live. Labour let us all down.
We all had a laugh about the title...
Dewsbury deserves more
From: Beth Prescott, Dewsbury
I have to say upon reading Coun Paul Kane’s letter last week I felt very disappointed and somewhat let down.
As a young person trying to find my feet in politics I look up to publicly elected figures to set an example, but after reading his appalling letter last week I will certainly not be following his ‘example’ but most likely using it as an example of what not to do.
Instead of outlining any logical arguments or solutions about the issues he raised, like an experienced councillor should, he proceeded to launch a string of immature and very personal attacks on people.
He was extremely disrespectful of hard-working, upstanding members of our community and he should be ashamed of himself.
He was also hypocritical in accusing our hard-working MP of having a short-term memory and then going on to slate those who have been pouring blood, sweat and tears into seeing our green belt protected from the LDF despite having voted against the LDF himself.
And as for ignoring petitions he might want to have a stern word with his fellow Dewsbury East Labour councillor Cathy Scott, who a while ago collected signatures for a petition to save the greenbelt but then proceeded to vote for the green belt-destroying LDF, leaving residents feeling let down by the very person who is supposed to help and represent them.
As for his attempts at writing off the national government he really could do to actually look at the figures rather than resorting to the same old dated attacks.
Unemployment is down, 25 million pay lower tax and 2.4 million low earners have been lifted out of tax and people who wish to fulfill a dream of setting up their own small business are being given the help they need.
These are the factual and political arguments that Coun Kane so conveniently skated over, I hardly call the above achievements ignoring the working class and lining the pockets of the rich.
As a supermarket worker on a low salary I can knowingly say many of my colleagues and I feel very happy with the Conservative Party right now and feel they are now the party of the working class having done more than Labour ever did for us.
As I look to a career in politics I look to become the kind of politician who focuses on the people and on intelligent, reasoned debate; something which Coun Kane appears not to know how to do which is unacceptable given his position.
Our Labour councillors have become too comfortable and think they can get away with anything. This is why as a young, fresh face in politics I will be backing the Conservatives.
Dewsbury deserves better what its councillors are currently offering.
Wrong priority on budgets
From: John Sheen, Dewsbury
David Cameron, with typical political ambiguity, played on the nation’s support of the NHS by stating in the Conservative manifesto there would be “no reduction in the health budget”.
Sounds fine to draw the votes, but it said nothing about the “£20billion efficiency cuts” across the land.
Our health service is being squeezed from all sides yet expected to deliver a first-class service.
In addition to the “efficiency savings” the Mid Yorkshire Trust has to make eye-watering repayments to the private finance initiative (PFI) contract which increases every year.
These figures were illustrated brilliantly by Dave Coates in last week’s publication. In short, he highlighted the £311 million borrowed to rebuild Pontefract and Pinderfields hospitals will cost the taxpayer £1.57billion over the next 30 years.
These PFI contracts must have been negotiated by total incompetents, who then move on to pastures new, leaving this horrendous sinking ship to the taxpayer.
Our foreign aid budget is touching £12billion per year for the foreseeable future, however, if this reverted to the pre-coalition figure, around £6 billion, we could wipe out the entire PFI commitment for 100 hospitals within two years and still support deserving countries.
These are OUR hard-earned taxes for schools, hospitals and social responsibilities not to be squandered like confetti to some countries who detest the very values our forefathers fought and died for.
I wonder if UKIP will listen more intently when we say charity begins at home.
That time of year again
From: Stephen Smith, Dewsbury
You can always tell what time of year it is when the leaves begin falling from the trees and the clocks go back to mark the onset of autumn.
But for me there’s nothing more conclusive than the re-emergence of Mark Eastwood from his political hibernation and the flurry of letters he begins to send to the local paper.
When this happens I know we must have an election coming up as Mark has awoken from his summer slumber.
It’s almost like clockwork, strange isn’t it – not really!