Your Letters – Friday December 20, 2019

A misguided campaign 

Letter of the week: G Dennis, Birstall

Corbyn, Brabin, dustbin ... all full of rubbish, as the current abject 

election results have proved! 

As a long-standing supporter of socialism, where do the present Labour Party members stand having been totally humiliated during this election by your manipulative left-wing leader and his misguided supporters? 

You still appear to remain in total denial of local communities’ wishes and hence the resultant current election outcome.

You won’t get same service...

From: John Dewhirst, Dewsbury

It does seem strange that after announcing her departure for a Christmas holiday on social media, Tamara Ecclestone was relieved of her responsibility for the safe keeping of £50,000,000 of personal jewellery.

To the bystander it appears that this was either an opportunist move, or perhaps a job performed by those made aware of her planned travel arrangements.

It looks like Robin Hood and his two accomplices have brought about a more equitable distribution of personal wealth in a manner that Jeremy Corbyn was attempting to effect by more lawful means.

I trust the police will have forwarded a crime number for what they describe as “a home invasion”. They have also promised “a fast-paced investigation”. 

If you have the misfortune to suffer a burglary it is highly unlikely that it will be described in these terms or you will be offered similar follow-up services.

The moral to be found in this story is ‘if you are excessively rich it is not wise to publicise your holiday arrangements’. Alternatively, ‘Robin Hood has relocated from Sherwood Forest to Palace Green, Kensington’.

Where Labour went wrong 

From: CM Westwood, Cleckheaton

Perhaps the demise of the Labour party started with Tony Blair’s illegal Iraq war, followed by Gordon Brown, who seemed to do almost everything wrong and made the unforgettable gaffe of calling an old lady a “bigot” because she was concerned about uncontrolled immigration. 

There was a sneaky plan to get three million immigrants quietly into the country hoping their votes would keep Labour in power forever. 

This was camouflaged for the voting public until leaks started to appear. 

One whistleblower, Stephen Moxon, was paid £50,000 to keep his mouth shut! 

In my opinion, some of the Labour leadership have finalised their fate. 

In a new challenge for power they are faced with a choice of self-righteous characters such as Emily Thornberry, Stephen Kinnock and Yvette Cooper, who along with husband Ed Balls were some of the biggest names implicated in the expenses scandal.

Or warm, friendly, northern lasses like Rebecca Long-Bailey, Angela Rayner or Lisa Nandy, who the Tories would eat for breakfast.

We could have avoided this

From: Harry Teale, Mirfield

I believe that but for the actions of a selfish person Boris Johnson would have been appointed Prime Minister in July 2016.

Article 50 would then have been invoked before the end of 2016. By end of March 2017 the EU “negotiators” would have realised that negotiating instead of dictating was necessary! 

Since the EU were unlikely to capitulate, the UK would have left by the end of 2018 and we would have been sailing into independence and sovereignty! 

Just think of the funds we would have saved over the last three years but for the actions of a selfish person!

An oldie but goodie...

From: David Oyston, via email 

The coach was filling up nicely at Bradford Interchange, there would be pick-ups at Halifax and Huddersfield, then straight onto Blackpool. 

Seated immediately behind the driver was an elderly woman and her husband. 

As the driver was about to set off, the old lady tapped him on the shoulder and asked: “Do you like peanuts?” 

“I certainly do,” he replied. “I love them.” With that, the lady passed him a bagful. 

Before the coach left Halifax she asked him if he was enjoying the peanuts. “Yes thank you,” replied the driver. She passed him another bagful. 

The driver was too polite to refuse the bagful she passed him at Huddersfield, but he vowed he wouldn’t accept any more. 

He reckoned he’d eaten more peanuts that day than he had in 10 years. 

The coach pulled into the hotel car park in Blackpool and the elderly couple were the last to get off. 

The old lady again asked: “Are you alright for peanuts? I’ve plenty more here if you want some.” 

He replied: “I couldn’t think of eating any more! What are you and your husband going to chew tonight whilst you watch the telly?” 

“Oh we don’t eat peanuts,” she said. “We’ve hardly a tooth between us – all we do is suck the chocolate off!”

Humbling and inspirational

From: Chris Stoner, Dewsbury Borough Independents

I would like to thank everybody who supported the Dewsbury Borough Independents and myself at the local elections. 

It was a tough fight with the by-election being run alongside the general election, and as we all saw the Brexit vote dominated the evening. 

To receive 1,515 votes on a cold, wet December day was both humbling and inspirational. 

It demonstrated the desire of people in our area for real change. I will still be available for the community and help where I can to make changes. 

I do have a very real passion and belief in my local area. We will continue the fight for a better Dewsbury in May at the next local elections, and until then will continue to watch and hold the council to account.

Thanks from a Raving Loony

From: Sir Archibald Stanton Earl ‘Eaton, Dewsbury

I write this letter to thank you for the publicity received during the recent general election campaign.

I received five times more votes than expected, however I was told on numerous occasions that ‘you would have had our vote but for the seriousness of the situation’.

To quote: “We have had to vote Conservative as we didn’t want the sitting MP to ‘get in’, or for us to have  Jeremy Corbyn as PM.”

There were 9,739 votes nationwide in all for The Official Monster Raving Loony Party – yes, that many people wanted us to represent them in Parliament.

Also a big thank you to:

• The 252 Loony voters in the Dewsbury constituency;

• Peter Townend (photographer);

• The Woodman Inn Batley Carr (campaign HQ);

• The John Ringo Band.

Don’t forget, the road is rocky but it won’t be rocky for long. Look out, we are about...

Hope you enjoyed the trip – we did. Here’s to the next time.

Three strands to reconcile

From: Alec Suchi, by email

It can certainly be argued with justification that Labour’s policy of holding a second referendum was unpopular in its traditional heartlands of the north and midlands, which contributed to its electoral defeat.

The MP for Batley & Spen was fortunate that an independent had split the ‘Leave’ vote, otherwise she would have suffered the same fate as her colleague in Dewsbury, both having refused to accept the result of the original referendum result in 2016.

An academic had observed that support for the Labour Party stems from three incompatible and distinct sources. 

Firstly, the traditional ‘blue collar’ support is/was derived from its industrial heartland who broadly accepted the party’s economic policies. 

The traditional white working class is socially conservative and patriotic and opposed to mass immigration and a multicultural society.

Secondly, a proportion of the well-educated middle classes mainly employed in the public sector, academia, teaching profession, social services, health, civil service and the council, hold liberal-left values quite at odds with those of Labour’s traditional core support.

Thirdly, students largely organised through Momentum and together with those from ethnic minority communities have sought the radical transformation of traditional society.

The present leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is from the middle class and holds internationalist values which are perceived as unpatriotic by Labour’s traditional core support. 

Despite some of Labour’s economic policies being popular such as returning key industries to public ownership, its traditional support had felt alienated by the direction the party had been taking over the last 25 years, from the Blair/ Brown days to the election of Mr Corbyn as leader enabled by the grassroots support he had enjoyed.

Should Labour continue to be influenced by the values of the liberal-left rather than those of its traditional core support, it is possible that what is understood as the ‘blue collar’ worker may either find a more permanent shelter within the Conservative Party or establish a new movement.

It is difficult to see how the aspirations of the three separate strands could be reconciled, and poses an existential threat to the party which wouldn’t be resolved merely by a change of leader.

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