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For our tomorrow, they gave their today

Letter of the Week: 

Tim Wood, Mirfield RBL


Dear Sir,

Could I thank everyone who took part in the VJ 70th anniversary commemoration held at the Old Colonial last Sunday.

As war raged in Europe and North Africa, British and Commonwealth forces fought a tortuous battle against the Japanese in the Far East to keep the Japanese from invading what was once called Mother India, the jewel in the crown.

Very little good news was reported for years and Lt General Slim’s 14th Army was dubbed by many as the Forgotten Army.

What horrors and tortures they went through, but battled on against dreadful conditions and a determined Japanese foe.

Pushing the Japanese back all the way from Imphal and Kohima and through Burma, the 14th Army will and should never be forgotten, their service and sacrifice was second to none.

Last Sunday’s commemoration was a poignant reflection of that sentiment summed up in the following Kohima Epitaph:

“When you go home

Tell them of us and say

For your tomorrow

We gave our today”

Thank you all very much.


Corbyn will change Labour

From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

Dear Sir,

We’ve had previous Labour Party leaders warning of the danger of electing Jeremy Corbyn as the next leader.

What hypocrites! The decline of the Labour Party started when Neil Kinnock refused to give full backing to the NUM in 1984.

Had Kinnock shown some backbone and given the miners support in the House of Commons, Thatcher would not have beaten the NUM, nor weakened the whole trades union movement forever.

He gave only the minimum of backing because he was afraid of Arthur Scargill, a true supporter of workers’ rights.

Tony Blair, what a disaster. Please don’t tell me he made Labour electable.

He was responsible for turning Labour into a second Tory Party.

When he became Prime Minister, he sought advice from the woman hated by Labour Party members and stuck to Tory spending plans for the first two years of his government.

He took the party past the middle ground and blurred the lines of difference between Labour and Tory.

Gordon Brown didn’t have time to stamp his mark on the party before he was voted out of office.

Ed Miliband, failed to win over not only the public but even MPs of his own party, who didn’t think he was up to the job.

His brother, who lost out to him in the last leadership contest, has also put his spoke in and come out against Corbyn.

They all seem to think he will lead Labour into the political wilderness.

Don’t they know that’s where they are already?

It’s about time they got back to their roots and remembered who formed them and why they were formed.

When the Tories are in control, I expect to get my *rs* kicked, but when the Labour Party get control, I expect to be treated properly.

The greatest difference between the two parties is the Tories introduce Tory policy from day one, whilst Labour seem unable to do that.

Jeremy Corbyn, I hope, will change that.


Election fight

From: Michael Hutchinson, Labour candidate in the Battyeford by-election

Dear Sir,

The Battyeford By-election involves a huge principle: it is about democracy itsself.

Should a small, politically-motivated group be allowed to override the wishes of the elctorate?

I was elected to Mirfield Town Council in May but local Conservatives have twice manipulated the rules to stop me taking up my seat.

The by-election is Battyeford residents’ only opportunity to put things right. Its value is priceless.

I have served the local community all my life and I have solid achievements to my name.

I retain the desire to bring further benefit to the local and wider community.

If I am re-elected on August  27 that will strengthen my ability to do so.


Patients are disadvantaged

From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

Dear Sir,

In October last year, Kirklees Head of Public Health Judith Hooper, now retired, warned the North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing that their measure of outcomes for the Federation of North Kirklees GP surgeries’ Curo Health Ltd ‘enhanced service’ were very similar to those of the £348m Care Closer to Home contract (now won by Locala) and could lead to two providers providing the same service.

This would be wasteful and confusing. How do you know which service produced which effect? Was this resolved? I don’t know.

But last week, the North Kirklees CCG was warned by Local Care Direct, the private company running the 111 out-of-hours service, that it is difficult to recruit clinicians for its phone and home visits service, because they are working at weekends for their own federation, like Curo Health.

Setting up federations was encouraged by NHS England, so there is at least one federation in the Greater Huddersfield CCG area, as well as North Kirklees’ Curo Ltd.

Unintended consequence? This demonstrates that ‘competition’ in the health service does not work in patients’ interest.

In North Kirklees, scarce GPs legitimately choose to work for their own business on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

This leaves the round-the-clock provider, Local Care Direct and their patients, some having to wait six hours for


night or weekend services, disadvantaged. Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012.


Struggling to shake off legacy

From: TR Moorhouse, Cleckheaton

Dear Sir,

Why has the Labour Party become so toxic to the nation’s voters?

Is it because they were useless at running the economy; too many career politicians; too much internal sniping; too many of their MPs rudely interrupting and shouting in TV discussions because they can’t stand hearing the truth?

No! There are now almost five million foreign workers in the UK, as a result of their open door immigration policy, when they hatched their secret plan to flood the country with low-paid workers, expecting their votes as a “thank you”.

There are 850,000 young ones without a job, and another one million British people forced onto the dole, making the benefits bill sky-high.

What will their parents be thinking when they cast their votes?

Deceit, party before people, trickery, traitors? Labour’s answer; to get as many as possible into university, doing often useless degrees, to get the jobless figures down before the election!

The images of Blair and Brown still linger, with the Chilcot report on the illegal Iraq war delayed for six years.

Many people perceive Blair and his wife as nothing more than champagne socialists, who have betrayed the English working classes.

If the Scottish double act of Blair and Brown had deliberately set out to ruin England and Wales, then they couldn’t have made a much better job of it! It will take a very long time for the Labour Party to shake off the legacy of these two and their legions of cronies.


Will MP criticise ‘private’ GPs?

From: Name & address 


Dear Sir,

Now that our MP Paula Sherriff is settled into her parliamentary seat, I wonder, after attacking our previous MP Simon Reevell for his earnings outside of parliament, calling him a ‘part-time MP’ (quote), will she now turn her attack on the many doctors and consultants, who, despite being on well-paid NHS contracts, (larger than an MP’s), spend a good deal of their time on their lucrative private practices?

Or perhaps she is not as averse to private health care as she would have us think?

I really wonder.

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