It’s so important that we come together
Letter of the Week: Andrew Marsden, Batley Business Association chairman
Well, the weather was kind to us (in the end) and I hope you all agree that we enjoyed yet another fantastic Batley Christmas lights switch on event.
It never fails to bring a smile to my face as I look around the crowd at the many smiling and happy faces.
Even more so this year as I was helping out at Santa’s Grotto, and there is something very infectious about the obvious excitement of the children as they waited to see Father Christmas.
There are many thank yous that need to be made. To Mr Richard Martin who yet again organised the event, made sure that everything went off smoothly and everybody had a good time.
Richard has been voluntarily involved in running our Christmas light celebrations for many years now.
Thank you also to our amazing volunteers for everything you do, and not just on the day.
Planning for the light switch on begins rather earlier in the year than people might expect.
A big thank you must go to all our acts and performers the majority of whom are also volunteers on the day and give so very freely of their time and talent to help make sure that the event is the success that it is.
To our local Batley councillors for your financial support of the event, it is no understatement to say that without that it could not have happened as it did.
But the biggest thank you as always goes to all the wonderful people of Batley for yet again coming out in your thousands to help our town celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
When you are stood on that stage and the countdown begins, and you look out over a packed marketplace full of people are enjoying themselves you are reminded how important it is for us to come together as a town at events such as this and celebrate together.
So, thank you Batley and see you all again next year.
I won’t exercise my right to vote
From Malcolm Ellison, Batley
If the vote on Brexit goes as predicted, December 2018 will go down in history as the time that our elected MPs voted down the motion and killed and ended democracy in Great Britain.
We the electorate can only wonder at their moral judgment, having been elected to represent the will of the people.
They should examine and reflect the meaning of democracy. The pros and cons of Brexit are irrelevant compared with their betrayal of trust.
We can only pray to our god for divine intervention before we descend down the rocky road to anarchy.
The British parliament will then be the laughing stock of the world.
I am 80 years old and have always cherished my right to vote, but now I will not use this privilege, it is pointless.
Birstall has such a great spirit
From: Janet Black, Pudsey
I just have to write and say how fantastic Birstall Christmas lights are this year, as I travel through the village every day to and from work.
I am SO impressed by them and all the effort it must have taken to get that gorgeous light show up and running.
I know that every year a group of volunteers do all sorts to raise funds for them and the community get together to put on this wonderful seasonal show.
I was so very sorry that the weather was so atrocious on the night of their switch on (last Tuesday) as I drove home.
The rain was lashing down and it was so very cold that I imagine only half the people expected would have turned out.
So I would just like to say publicly that I think Birstall has a great group of supporters who run many events throughout the year to raise money to bring people into the village.
I hope that people will visit their Thursday market and many more events held over the year and support this lovely little place that is so deserving.
Thanks to NHS for my treatment
From: Marjorie Ratcliffe, Birstall
I am an 83-year-old lady and on August 12 I fell in St Peter’s churchyard, Birstall, while taking some flowers to my husband’s grave.
I fell and broke my hip and shoulder and I was taken by ambulance to Pinderfields Hospital where I stayed for two weeks. I was then transferred to Dewsbury Hospital for another two weeks.
On September 7 I was moved to Priestley Care Home, Birstall, and I stayed there until November 7.
I have had first class treatment at both hospitals and the care home and I would be delighted if you could thank the NHS for all the excellent treatment and kindness I received throughout my stay.
Some people are quick to criticise the NHS so I felt I had to write to give them praise for all the good work they did for me.
A lack of interest and enforcement
From: Chris Thorne, Dewsbury
I read with more than a mild passing interest the article regarding fly-tipping in last week’s Press.
Along with many other failings by Kirklees the total lack of interest and enforcement seem to be the status quo with councillors.
It is with regard to a lack of fines that, along with the misplaced planners etc need addressing, firstly to deter miscreants of this abhorrent act and secondly to bring in some apparently much-needed revenue.
Tykes should negotiate alone!
From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge
Just listening on Radio Five Live to the SNP’s Joanna Cherry threatening to wreck Brexit.
It’s clear that leaving is a terribly messy procedure and there are no winners, but the Scots are still going on about themselves.
They are part of the UK and this woman is disregarding the rest of the country’s wishes.
Whatever ‘camp’ you are in, that I find really rather arrogant of this country’s long-standing procedures.
Perhaps we in Yorkshire should have a referendum and become an independent republic and use our own clout negotiating our own deal!
Who is the real ‘Leave’ party?
From: Colin Walshaw, Scholes
Lest we forget, the Kirklees vote on June 23 2016 was Leave 118,755, Remain 98,485. That is a 20,270 voter majority, and 54.7 per cent versus 45.3 per cent for Leave.
A clear mandate from Kirklees.
Having read our esteemed Parliamentary representatives’ orchestrated statements in last week’s Press, I am reminded of their voting records.
Both voted for the Article 50 Bill (Feb 8 2017), but rejected amendment two (rights of EU citizens), amendment three (veto on Brexit deal, March 13 2017) and amendment four (EU Withdrawal Bill, Sept 13 2017).
Happy that they are going to vote down Theresa May’s dastardly devious deal, but being both dyed-in-the-wool remainers I wonder where their Labour manifesto promises are leading us.
Put country before politics. We do not need a deal, another referendum or an election, industry will find a way to cope.
Eighty per cent of our business is with ourselves, less than 10 per cent with the EU.
Only 434 million people in the continental EU, (66 million in the UK). The world population is 7.7 billion, 2.3 billion alone in the Commonwealth.
Both Corbyn and May are being lead by the nose by remainers in the form of Momentum and the Conservative southern elite.
Were there to be a general election, I would be unable to support either of these Quislings.
So where do we go, in the absence of a real ‘Leave’ party? Formally UKIP but now seriously wounded, I find myself bereft of anyone to trust to lead us from these unelected EU bullies.
Spoil the vote or Independent? We are in the hands of remainers and they are telling us to change our minds, because they know better.
The Leave Means Leave campaign is issuing relevant information in counter to the outrageous Project Fear Mk 2 from the Treasury, CBI, Bank of England and other EU-funded sources, and is well worth looking up on the internet, particularly their various rallies on Youtube.
We just need to get out, Labour whingeing about workers’ rights etc are just smoke screens like the Irish border.
This is about sovereignty
From: John Whelan, Dewsbury
Still concerned about Brexit? So, the Attorney General’s legal advice on the Brexit deal is about to be revealed!
What have they been hiding, will all the remainers tactics also be revealed?
“Brexit means Brexit!” “No deal is better than a bad deal!” “The Brexit referendum decision will be final.” Sound familiar?
We will see if next Tuesday’s Parliament thinks this is a good or bad deal.
If, as most likely, common sense will, at last, prevail, it will be deemed as a bad deal.
Then as promised by our illustrious leader the alternative is – no deal!
Or is it?
Mention of “If you don’t support me there is a likelihood of no deal at all”!
How are we to trust this woman, or in fact Jeremy Corbyn who says he can get a better deal. They, are dealing with an intransigent regime, just face it!
We voted out, so just do it!
The EU have much, much more to lose and will quickly come to heel after March 2019.
You are going to see phrases like “Practical barriers to UK entering separate agreements”, “EU law will still apply in the UK”, “UK could be at a practical disadvantage”, “Absence of transparency”, “Decisions adverse to the UK”, “Bad outcome” and “Backstop at the gift of the EU 27”.
It’s not about trade, but it is, about sovereignty!
Watch this space.
It’s time to change course
From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike
When are we, the British people, or to be more accurate, we English, going to wake up?
Just 20 miles away across the English Channel, the French people have rioted against their governments plans to raise fuel prices.
By demonstrating on the streets of Paris, they have forced their government to abandon the idea. What a great example of people power.
If the French had a health service like ours under threat, the people would do whatever it takes to make their government stop their privatisation plans.
Meanwhile, on this side of the channel, the privatising of our NHS goes on, with barely a whimper of protest.
We write letters to the newspapers (I wonder how many people actually read them) or, in our own little corner of the world, a protest rally outside Dewsbury District Hospital would attract maybe 30 people, just a handful who feel strongly enough about our NHS will turn up.
Then there is Brexit. I campaigned to remain but I must come clean, when I went into the referendum polling booth, I voted to leave. (If anyone is interested I will say why)
The majority voted to leave, but here we are, over two years later in the same position as we were then.
Our representatives in parliament, from all parties, ignoring the will of the people.
What makes them think they know best? Obviously democracy in the UK is a thing of the past, or have we ever been a true democracy at all?
It might be time to stop writing and start rioting!