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Socialist rant confirms Labour stereotype

Letter of the Week: Philip Tolson, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to the the letter from Joyce Lister in last week’s otherwise excellent Press.

In what can only be described as a rant, she states she is proud to be a “typical socialist” and goes on to list the personal faults of Tories she has known.

I too am pleased, because in her scurrilous attack on blue-collar Tories and young Beth Prescott in particular, she confirms to me the stereotype of the Labour Party having more than its fair share of class-angry individuals.

I was witness to this in having seen myself and Beth hatefully verbally abused and threatened by socialists on our doorstep election travels in May. Some of the expressions would have to be heard to be believed.

I normally hope to rise above squabbling over politics and have to this date managed to do so. However, I have to say that if the class-ridden, education snobbery of Mrs Lister remains unchallenged, she would perceive that in her letter she had achieved a victory for which she should actually be ashamed for its pettiness.

I have seen Beth in action against Yvette Cooper and believe me, a person with a Masters degree in politics would have been proud of the performance.

Having seen the current Dewsbury MP fail to perform well in hustings, I am amusingly firmly of the opinion that she could take lessons from Beth Prescott, who is exactly as she claims to be: a “Dewsbury lass” unsullied by pretensions of often useless academic grandeur.



Library not only about books

From: Jenny Tomlinson Walsh, on behalf of The Friends of Mirfield Library

Dear Sir,

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835. He emigrated to America, where he made a vast fortune in the steel industry.

History knows him, not for just being the billionaire he so obviously was, but as a generous philanthropist. He devoted his life and his billions to libraries, education and scientific research.

The challenge faced by Mirfield Library today is to continue to be the kind of place Andrew Carnegie envisaged when he founded and funded public libraries.

Carnegie considered that libraries should be:

• Places that give people a chance, a second chance and even a third chance;

• Places that serve and improve the communities they are based in;

• Places that respond to the needs of the local people, by giving them the opportunity to live fuller lives, make more of what they have, discover new worlds and aspire to greater things.

All this may sound a little ‘old fashioned’ in the 21st century, but the basic principles remain and still apply to Mirfield Library.

To respond to the changing needs of the 21st century all libraries are changing and they must continue to change.

Libraries must be brave, innovative and show how they are doing things which really make a difference to their community.

It’s also very important to remind those who hold the purse strings about the importance of libraries.

To show them how, in the long-term, the library service can help save money by supporting and improving the wellbeing of the community it serves.

Libraries are known to have a great impact on the wellbeing of the community by being:

• A social hub –  providing services for the elderly, promoting health awareness, connecting people through social activities etc;

• A cultural centre – book clubs, access to CDs, DVDs, exhibition space for arts and crafts, local and family history, printing services etc;

• An education/learning hub – books, a safe place for homework, IT training, mums and tots, reading, assistance with learning difficulties and dyslexia etc;

• Giving economic access – advice on benefits, CAB, employment, local authority, tourist office, computer skills, etc. 

We’re faced with the closure of Mirfield Library, so the Friends are working hard to ensure that our library remains at the heart of Mirfield for years to come.

We’re an apolitical voluntary group of Mirfield residents working on behalf of all Mirfield residents to protect the library services and building.

We feel very strongly that a library is an essential, not a luxury. Mirfield needs its library.

There’s a real risk of losing the Mirfield library service and the library building and the Friends of Mirfield Library are working hard to raise public and political awareness to prevent closure.

If the Friends are successful in preventing the closure of Mirfield Library, then the library service will need volunteers to help run the service. Your help is needed. Think about it and then contact the Library to find out more.

The Friends of Mirfield Library invites you to come along to the open day at the library from 10am–12noon on Saturday, July 4.

Have a coffee and a cookie (well, it is American Independence Day!) and have a good look at your library and see for yourself what’s going on.


Am I shocked? Not at all...

From: Name & address supplied

Dear Sir,

Thanks to Danny Lockwood for an excellent article (Press, June 19).

I fully endorse everything he wrote and, to be honest, I know I’m not the only Dewsbury resident who does.

Talha Asmal was no victim and when his family and community face up to the severity of his crime and are gracious enough to extend their condolences publicly to his victims’ families, maybe then we could start to believe that they do want to integrate into our society; but, until then, they are not worthy of that privilege.

Shocked by his actions? Not at all. And no matter how much talking goes on, I’m sure we will see more of this type come out of this area.

As reported in the Press on June 12 – ‘Terror teen free’ _ which was in connection with the search for the two missing teenagers Talha Asmal and Hassan Munshi: Okay, the lad in question was released from his bail and no further action will be taken, but does the old saying ‘no smoke without fire’ apply here?

Is this young man now wishing he could have been more helpful to the enquiries?


What about the victims?

From: Alec Suchi, Bradford

Dear Sir,

Danny Lockwood is to be commended for his forthright views in his column regarding the absurd situation in Dewsbury, when undue sympathy has been expressed for the family of the young suicide bomber, but not a word of concern for the victims of his brutal actions in Iraq (Press, June 19).

Attempts at accounting for the action of those deciding to join Isis are also absurd, as Mr Lockwood observes. Undue influence has been attributed to the internet.

In Bradford, following the decision of the three sisters to travel to the so-called Islamic State, there have been those who criticised the security services for not having prevented them from doing so.

Rather than depicting them as hapless victims of an uncaring society, they need to be held fully responsible and, if returning to the UK, should be tried for treason.

Attempts by people like Mr Malik, former MP for Dewsbury, to offer extenuating circumstances, are not only self-serving but unhelpful.


Great article

From: Stephen Hopkins, Batley

Dear Sir,

Congratulations on another great article in Ed Lines.

Anyone living from Dewsbury to Keighley will not be shocked by recent happenings, having seen the taking over of the area over the last 50 years.


European Union ‘freeloaders’

From: Dave Evans, Cleckheaton

Dear Sir,

One aspect of anti-austerity means living beyond your means, like the Greeks have done.

If they leave the European Union we will still have all the freeloading Eurozone countries to help with the £53m we pay every day to the corrupt EU, who haven’t done their books for 12 years or so.

The Labour Party said they would listen to our wishes, but yet they abstained in a vote which would have stopped Mr Cameron trying to influence our decision to leave the EU in the last weeks before the referendum.

Austerity? I have seen certain people parking up going into food banks, and on the same day guzzling drinks down in the pub as if there’s no tomorrow; so much for extreme poverty!

The problem with Labour is that they eventually run out of other people’s money – the tax payers!


Real benefits?

From: Stephen Cass, Mirfield

Dear Sir,

But aren’t suicide bombers a price worth paying for ‘the benefits of immigration’?

Everyone agrees, Lib, Lab, and Con, that Britain has benefited from immigration – in fact that’s about the only thing they do agree upon.

Our former MP Simon Reevell wrote: “Taking everything into consideration Britain has benefited from immigration” and I doubt his replacement Paula Sherriff or any other MP in Parliament, or indeed any telly talking head, would disagree with him.

The statement “Taking everything into consideration Britain has benefited from immigration” is the default position for every Lib, Lab, and Con politician, for every government and local government organisation.

So it must be right.

What it means is that after subtracting the costs of immigration from the benefits one is left with a positive; the costs are outweighed by the benefits.

Taking everything into consideration, the problems associated with immigration such as ethnic and cultural conflict, peadophile rape gangs, people trafficking, no-go areas, unsustainable demand on health, social, education and transport services, alienation, overcrowding and damage to the environment, housing shortages, terrorist threats and of course suicide bombers, all are more than compensated for by the benefits it bestows.

Those benefits – remind me again, what are they?


‘Doctoring’ the figures

From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

The Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust use the responses to the Family and Friends test to claim all is well with the way they are running (should that be ruining?) the hospitals in their charge.

In May, 42,686 out-patients were seen; of those, 2,932 or seven per cent, took the F&F test. Yet the Trust claims 98 per cent of patients would recommend them.

The true figure, of course, is 7/98 or 6.86 per cent.

In maternity, the figures are 1,899 total births; 403, or 21 per cent, took the test but they claim 97 per cent recommended them; the true figure is 21/97 or 20.87 per cent.

A&E total patients 15,166, responses 5,125 or 34 per cent.

They claim 94 per cent. The true figure is 34/94 or 32 per cent. Community, total patients 26,007, responses 1,157 or four per cent; they claim 96 per cent.

The true figure is 4/96 or 3.8 per cent. If the Trust needs to ‘doctor’ these easy-to-check figures, how can we trust them with more important issues?

If patients and visitors are going to be asked for their opinion, then at the very least they should be treated honestly.

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