Police need to wise up
Letter of the Week: 'Heckmondwike Hector'
I can understand why Colin Auty blew a fuse over the lack on police response when he reported a live and dangerous electric power box in a state of disrepair (‘Some bright sparks’, The Press Feb 21).
Responsibilities apart, his words are reflective of public perceptions about how the police have got their ‘wires crossed’ when it comes to ‘priorities.’
Mr Auty could have short circuited the “automated ballyhoo and what not,” (when phoning 101) by opting for the ‘hope not hate assistance line.’
He says: “Had I been reporting a homophobic name-calling I guess a patrol car would have been on the scene within minutes.”
I could go one further. Mr Auty could have reported that a possible suspect to the damage was loitering nearby; draped in a Union Jack and the box was near to a path used by early morning worshippers.
That way he might soon have been hearing the sound of the Wakefield whirlybird thudding through the heavens, closely followed by a chopper from the airborne BBC TV liaison team…
Labour has to learn
From: Alec Suchi, Bradford
Judging by the response of its leadership candidates it is clear that both they and the Labour 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.
Tories in driving seat
From: TR Moorhouse, Cleckheaton
If the Tories play their cards right, and avoid weak leaders like Theresa May and John Major from the past, then they could be in power for 20 years.
‘New Labour’, under Blair and Brown, were making mistake after mistake – illegal wars, selling half of our gold reserves at rock bottom prices, mass immigration, the ‘gambling act’, and being nailed to the European Union by signing the Lisbon Treaty.
They also signed the ‘Scottish Claim of Right’, which states: “We do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations the interests of the Scottish people shall be paramount.”
Look! Free University education, prescriptions etc.
I despise the MPs, both Labour and Conservative, who wasted nearly four years trying to overturn the democratic referendum result. This has cost the UK billions – as if they care – and untold anxiety to businesses and citizens.
I blame characters like Hilary Benn, whose father fought against joining the EU; Yvette Cooper, wife of failed MP Ed Balls; Keir Starmer, Tom Watson, Emily Thornberry and Stephen Kinnock, whose parents earned £8million for their stint as EU commissioners.
Readers – who would you prefer to govern our country? Someone who left school and had a child at 16?
Someone who can’t express themselves properly? Or a well-educated, able person, with the courage to lead the country forward?
The last four Labour governments left our country on its knees.
Time to take back control
From: LR Hirst, Mirfield
We have managed to rid ourselves of the EU but when are we going to rid ourselves of Kirklees Council and take back Dewsbury?
I am now in the twilight of my years, but when I was a young man Dewsbury was the centre of industry and manufacturing.
We had some of the largest manufacturing firms in the world, a wonderful shopping centre, one of the largest markets in Yorkshire, plus fine men and women on the council who looked after the public. They certainly did not tell them they couldn’t speak at council meetings when it concerned their interests.
We also had excellent schools. Now there’s a college that has cost millions and has neither parking nor playing fields, like other schools that are for sale.
The alteration of the pavement and the road outside the new college has caused more congestion in the town centre.
The Press claims that Longcauseway is to be pedestrianised (February 7 edition).
With the number of roads Kirklees has allowed you can understand why the public don’t use Dewsbury any more. With the closure of Longcauseway you might as well shut the rest of the shops.
I suggest Mr Pandor and his planners consult Hull City Council after they spent £120 million on Albion Square.
Are Kirklees’ Labour council going to honour £200 million to close the rest of Dewsbury?
MOT process so frustrating
From: PH Rhodes, Mirfield
Having owned cars since the 1970s, I was concerned about the cost of servicing.
Moreover, almost every time the car would come back with something new wrong!
Occasionally a part of the service had been missed completely.
A mechanic friend later told me that they are paid on a ‘time scale’ for each type of service.
If they can do it quicker, then they are still paid the going rate where he worked.
My MOT test always seemed to fail on something underneath, which is hard to see or get to.
Getting a bit fed up of paying out all the time, I have not had a service done in the last 20 years on six separate cars.
Obviously, if the cars failed the MOT I had to stump up for the repairs.
From: P Moreland, Heckmondwike
Christians around the world marked the start of the season of lent this Wednesday by having the sign of the cross marked on their foreheads in ashes as a sign of repentance.
The next 6 weeks are a period of fasting and penitence before we remember the last supper on Maundy Thursday and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on good Friday and then celebrate his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.
A good time to remember the hundreds of Christians being murdered each year for their faith by extremist’s world wide that the media neglects to report on.
Hopes high for group
From: Harry Teale, Mirfield
Being a technological dinosaur (I cannot differentiate between fake and genuine news) I refrain from using Facebook and Twitter, relying on true local people and The Press!
Thanks to Amanda from Thornhill Cricket Club and The Press reminders, I attended the public meeting at Thornhill Edge WMC on Friday 21st February.
In spite of the atrocious weather the meeting was very well attended.
The organiser of the event, along with Councillor Masood Ahmed, explained in great detail the numerous red tape hoops the group would have to jump through in order to have a memorial established and maintained.
A number of ideas were discussed with one young lady even sketching out her idea!
The meeting then elected a nucleus of a committee to enable the group to move to the next stage.
No doubt the group will keep The Press informed so that the people of the Heavy Woollen District can be involved should they wish to be involved.
Councillor Masood Ahmed’s attitude shamed me into admitting to myself that the demise of the late Paul Kane had not eliminated the genuine Labour councillors totally.
There is still hope for the antagonism between Reds, Blues and Greens to be minimised and politicians to work together for the benefit of the people.
I hope I live long enough to witness the event!