Your Letters – Friday January 25, 2019

Politicians should all feel ashamed

Letter of the Week: Steve Cass, Mirfield

I wonder how many British girls have fallen victim to the predatory rape gangs that prowl our streets.

It must be thousands, possibly tens of thousands. According to a June 2018 Spectator article on the Rotherham rape gang: “We see an urge to degrade and destroy innocence which the institutions of society condoned in thousands of cases over years.”

That’s right, while all this was going on the authorities sat on their hands and refused to do anything about the plight of these vulnerable girls – their only action being to threaten with arrest anyone who dared raise concern.

The majority of these girls have a working-class background, many of them are estranged from their families and subject to the so-called ‘care’ of the state, and as such they were until relatively recently seen as expendables in the great scheme of things.

The priority for our politicians as always is the maintenance of the increasingly fragile multi-cultural society that they’ve imposed on us.

The only reason that the authorities have begun to act is that the problem has got so big not even they can ignore it.

That said, they still keep everything as hush-hush as they possibly can – imagine the furore for instance had the perpetrators and victims of these evil crimes been members of other demographics. We’d never hear the end of it.

This is yet another fine mess that our incompetent wishful thinking and essentially dishonest politicians have got us into. 

Nigh-on everything they touch turns to dust and their latest bright idea inevitably works to our detriment.

Lib, Lab, and Con have all presided over suicidal immigration policies that fly in the face of public opinion and indeed of common sense. 

And it is these immigration policies and the politicians that designed and supported them that we have to thank for the presence today on Britain’s streets of rape gangs that prey on our most vulnerable children.

From Blair’s “rubbing the noses of the right in diversity” to Cameron and May’s broken promises to reduce immigration, they’ve all played their part.

How they’ve got the brass neck to continue putting themselves forward as fit to govern defies understanding; they should all be hanging their heads in shame.

So much cash on HS2 project 

From: Len Gardner, Batley

I understand the HS2 train is billions of pounds over budget. I didn’t know there was that much money to spend in an austerity-minded government. 

Somebody said the ‘costing’ team had underestimated the compensation element completely.

Did they really think people would give up excellent houses, beautiful villages, green belt land and years of inconvenience to make sure that the 10 per cent of the nation who desperately wanted to arrive in London 20 minutes earlier would give up everything for a nominal sum?

If today’s organisation of our railway system is anything to go by, the supertrain’s likely to be 20 minutes late – that’s if it’s not cancelled on a day-to-day basis altogether. 

Then again, we wouldn’t want to stop the private sector making enormous profits out of this white elephant enterprise, would we?

I haven’t travelled on a train for a long time, but I remember when I did seeing people using their electronic device, so someone please tell me what difference arriving in London 20 minutes earlier (maybe) will it make to their working day?

I am one of the few who would rather see an upgrade and managament improvement to our present system – especially in the north of our great country.

Finally, I object to this vast amount of money being spent on a minority of our population. 

I’m not sure a publicly-owned railway would be any better, but it couldn’t be much worse.

I worry about our future

From: Ms C Bartholomew, Liversedge

Referring to the letter from Mr A Roberts (Forum, 11/1), I’m in agreement with him. The good times are over for most and the good times haven’t lasted so long.

I can remember ‘job creation schemes’ and all through my working life looking over my shoulder wondering when yet another job was going to vanish.

I went to borrow some books from Dewsbury Library and objected to using the booking-in and out machine in there, telling the lady I wasn’t a laboratory rat.

I told her we are a third world country, she genuinely thought I was wrong.

I don’t blame people for giving up and living on benefits, but it isn’t a stress-free existence, the people are treated very shabbily indeed.

The trouble is the large companies do everything they can to avoid paying taxes and prefer to pay dividends to shareholders and directors etc.

I really worry about the young and the mess they will have to cope with. I can see our government going the same way as totalitarian regimes just to keep the status quo.

Their posturing is a disgrace

From: Steve Oliver, Heckmondwike

I can follow Steven Whitelock’s argument (Forum, 18/1) about constituencies voting for either Leave or Remain in the referendum, but I am puzzled about his figures of 270 for Leave and 129 for Remain?

His total of 399 is far short of the total constituencies (and MPs) which is 650.

The figure for Leave was 396 (61 per cent) with Remain at 254 (39 per cent).

Of the 481 MPs who were canvassing for Remain, as many as 227 (41 per cent) of them were humiliated by a vote to Leave.

The current parliamentary political manoeuvering and posturing is a disgrace and a grave insult to the democratic process.

The idiotic calls for a ‘people’s vote’ is just the losers grasping for “let’s have another try” or “double or quits” – then what?

The next idiotic excuse for another vote is that 16-17 year olds should now be given the vote and also one million+ people will have died since.

This seems to imply that the new voters would vote Remain and all the deceased voted Leave. 

Considering that in the referendum, 57 per cent of the younger voters (18-24) chose NOT to bother voting, then giving the vote to the even younger 16-17s would probably show an even worse figure, as it might distract them from their devices glued to the hand or the ear.

How many of those 396 MPs (in the Leave constituencies) are still backing Leave?

Witnessing the debates and the voting in the House of Commons, many of them are now sticking to their Remain leanings.

I agree with Steven Whitelock when he wrote: “The difficulty is making MPs accede to the will of the people. Democracy in action?” … NOT!

Why are they all on my TV?

From: Mr PH Rhodes, Mirfield

With all the political upheaval, uncertainty and lack of proper leadership of our country, there seems to have been an explosion in people who know all the solutions, appearing on our screens.

Consumer behaviour experts, think tanks, retail analysts/consultants, watchdogs, policy advisors, comissions for this and that, trusts, civil servants, counsellors, monetary experts, economists – did any of them predict the 2008 crash?

Some burst into excitement and ecstasy, telling us mostly what we already know – eureka!

What do they study at university? How to get the best jobs!

All nationalities are getting on the gray train. Americans, Australians, Irish and Canadians, they certainly know where to come – soft-touch ‘candyfloss’ UK.

‘Bureaucracy is the enemy of productivity’.

Lodges appeal to everyone

From: David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding

Dear Mr Lockwood,

As the head of the Freemasons in West Yorkshire, I am responding to your Ed Lines opinion piece dated January 18, 2019.

Whilst I understand the sarcasm is directed at the prosecuting authorities, referencing Freemasons in this way is most unwelcome, and has angered and upset many members, which I’m sure wasn’t your intention.

Over the centuries our organisation has attracted many great and distinguished men to join our ranks.

Your belief that our lodges are “stuffed full of cops” is simply not the case. 

Freemasonry appeals to men – and yes, women – for many different reasons, and our members who do wear “pinnies” (or correctly – “aprons”) with pride in our ceremonies and at public occasions, come from many walks of life, including those working in your own profession!

Just where do they stand?

From: Ian Fitton, via email

I see from last week’s article in The Press that both Tracy Brabin and Paula Sherriff have voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal .

Whilst I agree that this would not be an ideal solution and some would say it may even be a betrayal of the Brexit voters, could I please ask what both these MPs’ stance/solution is?

At present we have a Labour Party who have failed to produce an alternative option on Brexit and seem to be as disorganised as the government, some Labour politicians advocating soft Brexit, others another referendum and others would support remaining. 

Their leader even refused to talk to the Prime Minister even though in the past he has held talks with this country’s enemies (Hezbollah, PLO and IRA).

Therefore, as Tracy says this is ‘the most important decision of our times’, could I ask just where do you stand on this?

As the prospect of a General Election may occur soon I feel all the voters in your constituencies should be aware where you stand on this major issue as this could very well affect the way they vote. 

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