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Letter of the Week: Bill Thompson, Batley Carr

‘Saga of the Car Park’

(In Upper Road, Batley Carr)

Folk in Batley Carr feel let down,

By the Kirklees Cabinet who govern the town.

Anxious to put money in council coffers,

They put the car park, ‘up for offers’.

Protests and letters were to no avail,

They still put the car park ‘up for sale’.

To our MP and councillors in vain we protested,

But the Kirklees Cabinet were not interested.

Over 400 names with a petition was sent,

In a last-ditch attempt to make them relent.

But the petition was ‘lost’ by some unexplained act,

To which Councillor Sheard admits guilt to this fact.

The Trinity Centre, left with future uncertain,

As sale of the car park may bring down the curtain.

Opinions of residents were firmly rejected,

By council members whom they had elected.

No explanation or apology received,

It’s no wonder that Batley Carr folk feel aggrieved.

Denied their democratic right to be heard

And to think that our councillors give a damn is absurd.

Support promised from our councillors, MP and prospective too,

‘Rest assured, we’ll be there for you’.

But when the time came for to have their say;

With promises broken, their support fell away.

Now the car park’s been sold,

And Kirklees has its ‘gold’.

Unconcerned by the harm that they’ve done,

Now they sit content in ‘Kirklees Towers’, in the firm belief that they’ve won.

To David Sheard, we ask ‘what’s next’?

Batley Carr folk are still quite vexed.

Please don’t spend the money from the deal you’ve done;

You’ll need it to fix all the problems to come!


Jezza should be sacked

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t believe in political correctness, he believes he has the right to be racist and sexist and it’s tough if no-one accepts his views.

Now it’s been alleged he is prone to violence following an altercation with a BBC producer after filming and finding there was no hot food to eat in his hotel.

The producer had to have treatment at the A&E department and has since received death threats and fears for his own job, yet unbelievably almost a million people have signed a petition asking the BBC not to sack Clarkson.

He even has the support of his local MP, the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Clarkson is paid out of public money and should be sacked.


Working class not fashionable

From: Stephen Cass, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

If, as John Appleyard says in The Press (Forum 13/5/2015) “Immigration is a class issue”, it is so only in the sense that the British working class suffers because of immigration, whereas the wealthy classes tend to benefit from it.

A plentiful supply of immigrants means a ready supply of cheap labour for those individuals and business owners who care more about a quick profit than they do about the long term interests of British working people.

Isn’t that why our ‘Conservative’ MP Simon Reevell and his ‘Conservative’ Party are so supportive of mass immigration?

The irony is of course that for all his ‘lefty-blather’, John Appleyard is quite clearly more concerned about the plight of immigrants (he prefers to call them ‘migrants’) than he is about the negative impact immigration has on the lives of the British working class.

It seems that the working class is no longer a fashionable cause amongst the lefties.

Typically Mr Appleyard gets on his high horse about ‘the scapegoating of migrants’ and then just as typically fails to support his case.

I find it curious how unwilling these supporters of immigration are to commit themselves fully to their argument; why is that, what are they afraid of?

They’re all at it. For years LibLabCon politicians have been saying how much we need an ‘honest debate’ on immigration, and for years they’ve been doing everything within their power to stifle any such debate.

If there’s one thing establishment politicians excel at it’s talking out of both sides of their mouth at once.

Even the allegedly anti-establishment Greens always adopt the establishment default position on immigration – they are in favour of it but are unwilling to articulate their argument.

“We’re optimists...” Green candidate Adrian Cruden gushed the other week in The Press.

Yes, so was the captain of the Titanic.


Tories are unfit to govern us

From: Robert Reynolds, Batley

Dear Sir,

If you believe the right-wing press, Miliband will be a failure as PM. Yet let’s look at Cameron’s record.

His involvement in foreign affairs has been catastrophic.

In 2011 he gave a speech stating regardless of situation, we must do everything possible to improve trade and relations with Russia.

Then we got Ukraine, a swift u-turn and sanctions, highlighting a failure to read the threat that is Putin.

Libya. “We give you freedom,” he declared, now never mentions that country’s decline into extremism.

The terrorists threaten us, “We will mix bombers in with the refugees coming to your country”. National security in tatters.

NHS. He promised no top-down restructures, then allowed exactly that. Challenged on his promise, he replied: “This is a bottom-up restructure, not a top-down one.” More privatisations followed.

Education. Despite a funding freeze, Cameron tells us he will improve education. How, when many class sizes have 40 students?

Legal. Commented on a trial involving Nigella Lawson, despite legal advice stating this would be contempt of court. Repeated it with his support of Jeremy Clarkson, without knowing the full facts.

Despite his privileged education, Mr Cameron has shown himself to be unfit to govern.


A moderate view on things

From: Name & address supplied

Dear Sir,

The ‘Letter of the Week’, printed March 13, criticised the Government over foreign companies ‘buying up’ British companies/assets.

That is globalisation working, not ‘this government selling off our family silver’.

Yes, there are many British companies that are now in foreign ownership, but, similarly, there are thousands of companies overseas that are owned by British companies.

Is it being suggested that we should go back to protectionism, or that whatever government is in power, it is better that they should own everything from football clubs or railways, because they have more experience?

Much is talked about Muslim radicalisation, but what about extremism in British society?

Don’t union leaders incite the public sector workers into strike action, very often with a low vote/turnout?

Look back at Arthur Scargill, radicalising the miners into a lengthy battle with the government.

He went to war, just like Hitler, not for the miners, but for his own place in history.

He was looking for the glory of being able to bring a democratically-elected government down.

How many private sector workers go on strike?

For those workers, for example in food production, distribution, retail jobs, IT or in other private concerns, are their working conditions or wage rises significantly higher than those of the private sector?

Do they suffer less from economic hardships?

Are they less worthy than public sector workers?

I think not, their jobs are no less important to the wellbeing and prosperity of every citizen in the country.

Why are NHS workers, teachers, firefighters singled out as ‘special’ cases for extra benefits over others?

Talking of family silver, I think people need to focus their minds on the huge cash reserves held by the country prior to 1997.

When Labour came to power, they took over a wealthy and prosperous country.

We then had years of spend, spend, spend! Gordon Brown sold off the country’s huge gold reserves, when the price of gold was at its lowest.

When the country had no more assets, they took out a ‘credit card’ with no limit and continued to spend, running up vast debts.

Can anyone remember if they were personally any better off as a result of the big government spend?

No, thought not; but you had to suffer the last five years of hardship to try to reduce the huge debt, the interest on which is so staggering it will take years of austerity yet to pay off the debt.

The big idea of the two Eds on the Labour bench is to start spending more!

Is that what you would do if you were deeply in debt?

The other gripe is ‘high earners’. It seems we should not reward enterprise and hard work, ambition and personal drive.

Yes, those at the top of their profession, whether in medicine, running huge multi-national companies, running their own successful private company, or in football or in film, earn a lot of money.

They are taxed up to a maximum of 45 per cent. That is an awful lot of tax; any more and it is easy to kill off that wealth creation and ambition or to drive the best of British talent abroad into foreign companies!

If we want to get on, as individuals or as a country, we need to work word and not merely envy others.


Open letter to all Mirfield Library users, businesses and residents

From: ‘The Friends of Mirfield Library’

Dear Sir,

The threat of closure of Mirfield Library is real and ongoing.

Mirfield Library is the hub of the town: it’s home to a vast array of activities, groups, advice, information, IT services and, yes!, it also has an excellent selection of books for all ages and interests.

Mirfield Library truly serves the entire community, from toddler groups to advice and help for the elderly.

Residents of Mirfield, please consider what direct effect the loss of the library would have on your life.

Obviously there’d be no books: but also, what would you do about the loss of computer services?

The loss of DVDs and CDs provision? The loss of talking books?

Where would you go for all the essential help, advice and information about council services, NHS and social care?

Mums and dads – what happens to the quiet time you and your children enjoy during storytime?

What happens to the activities organised for children, especially those during the school holidays?

To close Mirfield Library would be to take the beating heart out of the town.

These are the strong sentiments shared by the many who attended the meeting at on March 11, when the problems facing Mirfield library were discussed and ‘The Friends of Mirfield Library’ group was officially created.

Can YOU become a sponsor or make a donation to create a ‘fighting fund’ to help save Mirfield Library?

Can YOU spare some time to help The Friends of Mirfield Library take on the fight? If you can, please contact any member of the Friends’ Working Party.

If you can’t actively help, you can still show support – just go into Mirfield library and sign the Friends’ ‘Book of Support’. There’s a cliché – we’ve all heard it- USE IT OR LOSE IT!

The next meeting of the Friends of Mirfield Library is at 6.15pm on Wednesday April 8 at the library.

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