Your Letters – Friday February 14, 2020

It's about the issues, not sexism 

Letter of the Week: Ms A Rawat, by email 

From: Ms A Rawat, by email

Do clothes matter? I would say yes. It shows respect for your position, the occasion and the place. 

If not so, then why do we dress differently at different times? It says a lot about you if you just can’t be bothered. 

If Tracy Brabin MP had been caught off guard on her way somewhere else, then she should have explained that. 

But to cry sexism was just cheap of her. 

I have never seen any of the male MPs dress so inappropriately at their workplace. But I have often seen Tracy Brabin walk around, in my opinion, so inappropriately dressed to her position.

If you have a brilliant mind and have an altruistic reason for an individualistic form of dress, like Gandhi did, then you can pull it off. I suggest that Tracy Brabin is not in this category.

I am tired of fluff. I want an MP who wants to be grown up and do a grown up job with dignity, skill and accountability. 

I am not a Tory supporter, nonetheless I was disappointed that Paul Halloran split the leave vote and helped Tracy Brabin get through again.

Appropriate? Not in my view

From: Anthony Doyle, by email

Once again the Batley & Spen MP is in the news for the wrong reasons.

I have worked for, worked with and had work for me many women over the last 50 years, who all knew what dress was appropriate in the work place. The same applies to men.

I have no issue with women dressing as they please in the right environment.

Tracy Brabin is an embarrassment. Would she have worn that dress on her visit to the Muslim Women’s Welfare? I think not!

Had it not been for Paul Halloran taking the votes from the Conservatives at the General Election she would have been selling the Big Issue with her pal Paula. ‘Greybin’ is a third rate MP, second rate actress and a first rate attention seeking ‘will never be’.

Natural havens on our doorstep

From: Margaret E Green, by email

I know of a field not far away called the Water Meadow, with woodland on two sides and a stream meandering along one edge as it comes down from Whitley with house and bungalows on the third side. The main road is on the fourth side. 

Violets and, if you know where to look, primroses, grow on the banks of the stream. 

In the wood bluebells in spring follow wood anemones and there are kingcups in the boggy bits where the frogs spawn every year.

High on a branch a tawny owl watches and sometimes flies past quite low as if to let you know he is there, a woodpecker drums out of sight and squirrels scamper from tree to tree. 

Sit quietly and you can spot tree creepers, nuthatches, blue tits, long tailed tits, dunnocks, sparrows, chaffinches, robins and jays. In summer butterflies, moths, bees and dragonflies are plentiful. Mice and voles keep the owl and its young well fed.

I haven’t heard the cuckoo for a number of years, but keep listening in May and early June in the hope that they will return.

 This is not a fairy tale, but, it will be for our grandchildren. It might be worth mentioning that the Bronte sisters, whilst visiting friends close by in Hand Bank Lane, used to pick violets and primroses to give to their hostess.

Memories of Dewsbury

From: Eric Humphrey, Birkenshaw

I confess that although we live only a few miles away, we don’t visit Dewsbury very often. You see, this just isn’t the Dewsbury I knew in the 1940s and 50s.

The news of the town’s planned rebirth is welcome. Now, some memories begin to stir – 1939. I’m only six years old but I remember my sister returning home after queuing for hours at the Playhouse Cinema and trying to describe a superb film she had just seen.

So, ‘Gone With The Wind’ came to Dewsbury.

It’s the mid-1940s. I’m sitting in an aisle seat at the Empire Theatre, watching variety acts. A roll of drums and there on stage is a very large lion. “Members of the audience are invited on stage to stroke him.” That was different.

Suddenly, the lights went down. There came a roll of drums, a clash of cymbals – and a very large tiger on a lead came lolloping down the aisle about two feet from me (I think her name was Fenella). I cowered down in my seat!

I’m cowering down in my seat again, it’s the mid-1950s. I find myself right on the front row of the Pioneer Cinema, practically taking part in the harrowing crucifixion scene from ‘The Robe’. So, ‘Cinemascope’ came to Dewsbury. Memorable times!

A waste of money

From: Joyce Fletcher, by email

Ref: £200m town centre blueprint.

What will this achieve? Absolutely nothing. People can’t go for a walk anywhere near Dewsbury or Savile Town, and be safe. 

The greenway is a death trap at best of times. It will be another playground for fast cars and drugs. Don’t get too excited you people.

Labour just not listening

From: Alec Suchi, Bradford

Judging by the response of Labour’s leadership candidates it is clear that both they and the party as a whole do not appreciate both the manner and scale of their recent electoral defeat.

Lisa Nandy had emphasised the need to “listen” to the concerns of the public but her views of the value and importance of immigration is not shared by many voters in Labour’s traditional heartlands and is indicative of irreconcilable differences.

Labour’s traditional support came mainly from the white working class who considered their own economic interests better served by the party.

However the working class have largely remained socially conservative and opposed to mass immigration and radical societal changes.

In contrast a significant number of educated members of the middle classes and largely employed in the public sector together with a radical student element support policies considered “progressive” such as open borders, diversity and multiculturalism, but which are diametrically opposed by Labour’s traditional support.

It is difficult to see how two very opposing aspirations can be successfully accommodated, and if the results of the last general elections are to be repeated, Labour may continue to lose its traditional support if not permanently to the Conservatives then to a new patriotic organisation similar to UKIP but more grass root based. We await subsequent developments with interest.

An alternative view of things

From: CM Westwood, Cleckheaton

Having been made redundant and got tired of applying for jobs, being a ‘London School of Economics’ graduate, I have used my specialised knowledge to draft out a plan for the rapid reduction of our negative ‘balance of payments’ position.

Further losses would involve the immediate closure of all manufacturing and associated industries, together with all European export drives. 

The manpower and effort thus saved would be directed towards the creation of wealth as follows:

• The nationalisation of all hotels, breweries, public houses, betting offices, bingo halls, lotteries, football clubs and major sporting events;

• Television and film copyrights would then be sold worldwide thus

• FA Cup Final £70 billion

• Wimbledon tennis £60 billion

• Cricket test matches £40 billion

• Grand National/Derby £30 billion

• Royal Ascot £30 billion

• British Open golf £20 billion

• Boat Race £15 billion

• Henley Regatta £5 billion ... etc, etc

Added to this could be extra revenue from coronations (£100 billion), royal weddings (£100 billion), jubilees (£20 billion), general elections (£2 billion).

Then the country would be well on its way to being ‘great’ again.

To aid leisure and the refreshment of the mind, trains would leave for the coast every half an hour, fishing rivers would be re-stocked every week and benefits issued in voucher form for use in leisure activities and entrance to sporting events.

PS: This is a mild satirical spoof, surely not many would think otherwise...

Floods expose planning folly

From: Harry Teale, Mirfield

I wonder how many councillors/planning officials from Kirklees dared to present themselves among the crowds looking at the floodwaters of the Calder today (Sunday February 9, 2020).

Yet again, we note the profusion of silly planning permissions being passed by Kirklees during the period since the so-called People’s Party (aka Labour) once more became the dictators in 2018. 

Panic really set in when a certain Labour councillor lost his seat in the local elections in 2019! 

Unfortunately during the EUphoria of the General Election in December that person slipped back into his seat. 

Too many applications are being passed “on the nod” ignoring intelligent objections from residents, LLFA, YWA, WYTA et al. 

Roll on May 2020 when the electorate will repay the irresponsible political party by depriving them of their second (or more) lucrative tax payer funded ‘jobs’.

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