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Letter of the Week: Mrs C Clarke, Batley

AFTER reading the Ed Lines column (July 15) and assertions about the levels of economic activity in certain elements of of the local population, I decided to try to research some of these myself.
I would advise readers who are interested in what is happening around our towns to spend some time surfing the Kirklees website. It truly is a fountain of information and knowledge.
For reference, they should go to www.kirklees.gov.uk and look under the headings for Population and Statistics.
Some of the information is mindblowing. The figures do indeed show that across Kirklees the ‘economic inactivity’ in the Asian population is 52.8%, massively higher than the white population.
What caught my eye was some of the other classifications specific to that community. Although only 5.6% were regarded as unemployed, only 20.5% were in fulltime employment.
Meanwhile almost as many as in full time employment, 19.5% of adults in the Asian community, were classified as looking after the home – or as we might call it in an oldfashioned sense, housewives.
I wondered if this could mean these people were looking after sick or dependent relatives but there is a separate category for people doing that.
At first I foud myself resenting the fact that such a massive number of people are doing nothing to contribute to the local or national economy because the figures would suggest that these people must be kept alive somehow, ie by benefits.
But then I thought back to my  mother’s childhood in Soothill and in Clerk Green when her own mother never worked but stayed at home and brought up a large family, ensuring the children were clean, fed, disciplined and taught, while father was the breadwinner.
In that sense I found myself quite envious about a community whose priorities are the home and the family, and not some of the activities we might associate with parts of the white population. A look at the Kirklees statistics reveals some unpalatable facts about the rest of the district too.

Is it really all GB’s fault?
From: Allan Young, Batley
Dear Sir,
After reading Ed Lines (15/7), I realised my way of thinking was a little mixedup.
You wrote: “The amount of debt Brown left Britain in”.
Silly me, I thought greedy capitalists, bankers and dishonest phone dealers were to blame.
If it’s true about Labour, (you said it is), then countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain must have their own Gordon Brown.
Surely our “chubby chops” could not have ruined them as well?
As for someone stealing wee Fraser’s health records, I cannot see any of these nice people at The Sun stooping so low and tapping a phone. They did not do it, oops. This was a simple oldfashioned news story.
A member of the public whose son had the same symptoms knocked on The Sun’s door and told them so. Well, take me to the bottom of our stairs.
On immigration, you wrote that Gordon and his pals had lied to us for years, led us down the wrong path.
So I am glad to see Mr Cameron and his government have come to grips with this and have it under control.
“Glass eye”, “Old mucker”, “Flabby chops”, “gormless”, “twofaced”, that’s how you described a certain person in the same article. I looked in vain for “smelly socks”, (they don’t like it when you call them that). Perhaps the next time.
Ed writes: I have used ‘Sweaty Socks’ before and do try to apply Equal Opportunity insults.

Gypsies better neighbours
From: Robert Muncaster, Mirfield
Dear Sir,
It appears that whoever writes on the subject of gypsies dips their pen in vitriol. As someone who works beside where they pitched their camp temporarily in Mirfield, I was amazed at the cleanlines of their caravans and the orderliness of their arrangements.
They were better neighbours than the yobs who for the last 18 months seem to think our grounds are theirs to rubbish.

... or are they?
From: Name supplied
Dear Sir,
I am embarrassed at having to use a nom de plume, but the traveller children I found going through my bin might be back, and might recognise my name and address if it was published.
How do I know that they were traveller children?
Because when they were disturbed I watched them run back to the site.
I don’t think anything was stolen that I know, or why they had tipped up my bin and were kicking the rubbish about, and the damage they caused was minimal.
But it is not, and should not be about that. It should be about one law of the land – and that includes schooling for children, and trespass and damage, for all people. It clearly is not.

Why not
adopt a cat?
From: Ann Dickinson, Batley
Dear Sir,
The recession and the coming school holiday period have hit local cat rescue centres harder than ever this year. There are very few calls to adopt cats and kittens but many more requests to help than usual.
Elaine, from Independent Cat Rescue, said that sadly they are having to turn down many needy cases because if they cannot house them they cannot help. The spaces are not available.
If you could offer a safe, loving home in a quiet area to a cat or kitten then please call Elaine on 01924 500138. A home and area check is made.
She would especially like to hear from people willing to adopt adult cats or very timid kittens.
Everyone loves a cute, friendly kitten but adults and kittens which need to be worked with are nearly always bypassed.
Please remember that keeping a cat is a longterm commitment and does involve the annual expense of vaccinations and possibly other veterinary fees.
All adult cats are neutered prior to homing but kittens must be neutered at six months.
How about enjoying a dose of ‘feelgood factor’ this summer? Adopt a cat!

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