Your Letters – Friday July 12, 2019

Danny would be left floundering by them!

Letter of the Week: Steve Cass, Mirfield

I’ve often found rugby league followers have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to football – and I say this knowing that my eldest son and his friends who follow rugby league and read this newspaper will probably read these words (if they’re published!).

Hope they’re not too annoyed, some of them are beefy guys – lol, as they say!

Rugby league’s relationship to football is a bit like that of Huddersfield Town fans to Leeds United – rivalry driven by envy.

But I’m a football fan and a Leeds fan so I take it in good spirit. Like all football fans I know football’s the better game, and like all Leeds fans I know Leeds is a more significant outfit than Town is.

Danny Lockwood (The Press, July 5) is thrilled more by a rugby league scrum than he is by women’s football. 

Fair enough, it takes all sorts. But Mr Lockwood is wrong to say that the women’s world cup wasn’t elite sport; it featured the best women footballers in the world – it is by definition elite sport.

This is not to say that it’s as good as the male version. But then nobody argues that it is. The same goes for tennis surely. The top women couldn’t compete in the men’s game – does this mean that the women appearing at Wimbledon aren’t elite players?

Mr Lockwood dreams: “Those USA women really wouldn’t have known what was hitting them when a 6ft 1in, 14-stone centre half came lumbering into their box...”

I’m sure they’d be terrified, but even so, my guess is the most likely outcome of such an event would be him being nutmegged and left on his backside wondering where the ball had gone.

Keep our streets clean

From: Linda Harrison, Birstall

Recently I’ve read a lot about the vision Kirklees councillors have for regenerating Huddersfield. 

Well, at some point in the future it may prove to be money well spent. 

But could Kirklees Council explain what the policy is for keeping the pavements and paths in the area clear of weeds and obstructions? 

I have complained to Kirklees about the appalling state of one particular stretch of pavement in Birstall, but it’s also a problem everywhere in Kirklees now. 

Apart from being issued with a complaint reference number that is all the response I have had. I have also emailed two of Birstall’s councillors about the problem. Again I have yet to get a response.

I have also noticed that Leeds Road leading up to Bruntcliffe has weeds growing in gutters and pavements, yet as soon as the road and pavement come under Leeds Council control the weeds have been kept to a minimum. Why is this I wonder?

At what point will the council do something about the problem?

The particular stretch of pavement I am concerned about runs from the junction of Upper Batley Lane down towards the Coach and Six traffic lights. 

The pavement is now totally unfit to walk on, with bushes protruding out from the retaining wall obstructing anyone trying to use the pavement and hitting wing mirrors of passing cars. 

As there is a bus stop on this stretch of pavement it means passengers have to criss-cross Leeds Road twice to get to and from the bus stop. 

Are Kirklees Council waiting for a serious accident to happen before they take responsibilty for the disgusting state of the pavement?

May I suggest a representative from the council takes a good look around Birstall and surrounding areas. 

It’s happy to splash the cash in Huddersfield so can we have a bit splashed on keeping the rest of Kirklees clean and tidy?

I welcome a response from anyone who can enlighten me on this issue.

Celebrating our 150th
From: Peter Moreland, Heckmondwike

In 1871 a piece of land in Darley Street, Heckmondwike was purchased for the building of a Catholic school and mass centre which became known as St Patrick’s. 

Until then Catholics in Heckmondwike had been served from St Paulinus church in Dewsbury.

In 18 months’ time the 150th anniversary will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Heckmondwike and a number of special events will be planned, including an anniversary booklet.

We are seeking any information readers may  be able to provide, especially photos to include in this and would ask people to contact me at or ring me on 01924 501774.

We published a book – A Century Of Change – in 2014 to celebrate the centenary of Holy Spirit Church and copies are still available from me.

A loss of perspective

From: Alec Suchi, Bradford

As the Labour Party has been accused of tolerating supposed anti-semitism, likewise the Conservative Party is said to be accepting of Islamophobia.

Demands are being made that the Conservative Party undertake a thorough investigation, and to take resolute action against those who had expressed comments considered offensive or hostile towards Islam and its adherents.

Whilst crude and chauvinistic language is not to be condoned or encouraged, our attempts to control and censure what is said may amount to a form of censorship which could prevent legitimate and justified criticism being made.

There remains a tendency to dismiss as ‘Islamophobic’ any criticism of the Islamic religion, however reasonably or moderately expressed.

It has become the Left’s default position whereby criticism of Christianity is both encouraged and tolerated whilst a politically-motivated over-sensitivity is displayed in favour of Islam.

It is clear that there has been a loss of perspective and balance in our politically-charged times.

Dim and industrious...

From: David Pinder, Mirfield

Whilst agreeing with the recent letter from Heckmondwike Hector concerning the extraordinary dismissal of Mr Brian Leach from Asda, I feel the affair is an indication of a much more serious climate of unreasoning stupidity which currently dominates this whole issue. 

Even by the current intellectually-deficient definition of racism, the comments by Billy Connolly, which Mr Leach merely passed on, cannot reasonably be defined as racism – not least because they involved no comment specific to any definition of race; against organised religions generally, yes but certainly not racist in any sense. 

However the criticism was perhaps inevitable when one returns to the current definition of ‘race’. 

Many years ago when the so-called race relations industry was getting started it was pointed out by a few intelligent people that it would both create and sustain the very ‘differences’ its supporters claimed to be trying to eradicate. 

Since, leaving aside the faint possibility that there might still be a few pockets of Neanderthals living in undiscovered parts of the globe, present human beings are all of the race Homo Sapiens, only by calling someone a Neanderthal (or other humanoid species) could you be making a racist comment. 

Additionally, by insisting that people of another colour or ethnic origin were a different race, you were creating a difference which did not exist – and thus magnifying whatever friction might be present.

Predictably, such sensible reservations were ignored by the enthusiastic, over-emotional dimwits who were charging ahead with their latest cause.

A German general observed many years ago that people possessed a combination of several key qualities – the most dangerous of which (both to themselves and to others) were the dim and industrious. 

It is hard to disagree with him when one considers that the dim and industrious seem to have taken over on almost every issue today.

Community spirit thanks

From: Tim Wood, the Old Colonial, Mirfield

In a recent conversation with a newcomer to Mirfield, who had moved into the area from Ashford in Kent, I was told, and not for the first time, that they loved living in Mirfield and that it had a great sense of community spirit. Growing up on the back streets of Dewsbury, when there wasn’t much brass about, everybody helped each other out, on the allotments or building and repairing things, so being part of your local community becomes second nature to you.

A fortnight ago we had a great community occasion – on the Friday I was the host and quizmaster for a social event for the Mirfield Show Committee, who hold meetings at the pub. 

They are all volunteers and their hard work comes to fruition on show day. 

They are a hard-working crowd of people, although I must say they were a bit rubbish at the quiz (it may have been the drink that fuddled their thought process).

Prior to the quiz starting various members from Mirfield Round Table frantically appeared to borrow bits for their beer festival, held down at St Paul’s Church.

Behind the scenes I help them whenever they ask. The beer festival on the Friday and Saturday was a tremendous success. 

Money raised is given back out to help local good causes – once again the round table and their helpers did a fantastic job, and all are unpaid volunteers. Armed Forces Day in Mirfield went off really well this year, and was attended by veterans, service personnel and the Queen’s representative, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Cairns, as well as the mayor and deputy mayor of Mirfield and various other dignitaries and guests.

The service was conducted by the RBL padre Rev Ian Grange, and an address was given by Mr David Pinder about the Falklands War.

Serving RAF corporal Richard Conley interred a rock that he had brought back from the Falkland Islands on a recent tour of duty. 

Our young trumpeter James was pitch-perfect with the last post and reveille.

So can I say a big thank you to all those who attended Mirfield’s Armed Forces Day event, and to those who contributed towards the staging of the event, especially to the staff and cadets of 868 Sqdn ATC and their band and the display of their skills on their new drum kits. 

It was a red-hot English summer Saturday and later that evening I went back down to St Paul’s Church to the beer festival. 

The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant, and I actually bumped into the family from Kent who had spoken so highly of the community spirit in Mirfield.

They were accompanied by a family from Kent who are now thinking of moving up here. 

It was a great weekend for Mirfield’s social calendar and I was just pleased to be a very small part of the community-spirited juggernaut that goes forward each year with increasing speed and I hope never stops. 

Well done to you all.

How are they independent?

From: Harry Teale, Mirfield

As an ignorant, Christian, English Yorkshireman, I need help in clarifying your article on page three of The Press (05/07/2019) regarding the Fire and Rescue Authority.

You state that the FRA is an independent body and yet all 22 members are appointed by five politically-controlled councils. How can the people appointed be independent?

Your article also states that the FRA has been under Labour control for seven consecutive years!

Could you also explain how elected councillors can fulfil their obligations whilst efficiently carrying out a plethora of other appointments?

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