Watch this space
From: Eric Firth, Dewsbury
I would like to thank all the good people of Dewsbury East who stuck with me on election day.
Sadly, there weren’t enough to ensure I kept my seat, but that doesn’t mean I will no longer be working for the town.
I have invested too much of my life working for Dewsbury to walk away now, and there is much I still have to offer.
I have been asked by a number of groups to start working with them, and I am considering this.
I would also like to thank the many well-wishers who have inundated me with messages of goodwill by phone, text, email and letters.
I thank them all.
Much will be happening in Dewsbury over the next few years, and I intend to be part of it.
I will never walk away from our town. Watch this space.
Bins plan is a stupid idea
From: Daniel Goodwin, via email
I have grave concerns for the state of public health in Kirklees since the confiscation of around 1,300 bins.
The waste which used to be deposited in these bins will not cease to be created and I suspect will end up fly-tipped in beauty spots, quiet roads, snickets and back alleys around the area for us all to enjoy during the summer, along with the smell, the flies, the vermin and the pollution to gardens, farmland and waterways.
The councillors responsible for this policy are naive if they think it is a solution, rather it is just a stunt to take the spotlight off their own appalling recycling record and save the cost of collecting around a 1,000 cubic meters of waste per month.
The council will no doubt spin it and use this as an excuse to issue fines to add to their millions in reserves, while hiding behind the lie of austerity, further cutting services and raising council tax for collecting said fly-tipped waste.
Meanwhile the tax-paying constituents who abide by the recycling rules will have to put up with the fly-tipping, theft of their dustbins, neighbours depositing waste in their bin and so on.
Well, when we are all up to our armpits in each other’s s***t then we will know who to thank!
Well done everybody, and let’s all send our pictures of the resulting mess in to celebrate this fantabulous idea.
Why did we hold elections?
From: Peter Moreland, Heckmondwike
Three years ago we voted to leave or stay in Europe.
The majority voted leave, therefore as far as the Europeans were concerned, honour your committments and pay the ‘divorce’ bill.
So why have the government not just exited instead of wasting time trying to do deals which we were not consulted on?
Three years on we are having to partake in pointless elections costing millions of pounds – the result of which is unimportant.
Anyone running their own business in this way would be on the dole by now, as many of those in Westminster will be at the next general election from all parties.
Eureka was wrong word
From: Steve Oliver, Heckmondwike
Harry Teale said ‘Eureka’ that Europe is waking up and realising that, after 60 years, we are sinking into a dictatorship.
Eureka is the wrong word to use because it is a cry of joy, or satisfaction, which is certainly not the case.
I think ‘gadzooks’ would have been more appropriate as it expresses annoyance.
Harry then wrote that, of the 399 voting areas, 270 voted Leave against 190 for Remain.
I don’t need a calculator to subtract 270 from 399 which leaves 129 (not 190).
Short-term and hair-brained
From: Name and Address Supplied
In the glorious days of the City Challenge, when the cobblestones were removed from Batley Market Place, we were told that the setts laid in their place were ‘beautiful York stone’.
My husband, a builder, picked up a loose fragment and crumbled it in his hand and said “This has never seen York stone!”
We were told the original cobbles were causing people to fall, yet I had walked on these cobbles from the age of four.
I am now 85 and fear for my safety when I walk down the Market Place.
I have brought this subject up at many meetings over the years, but the council never listen.
They will only take notice when someone sues them. Why are we consistently told over the years that such short-term hair-brained schemes will improve our lives for the better, when actually we end up with long-term problems that create greater expense in the long run for the beleagured unsuspecting council tax-payer.
Chance for a reformation
From: Harry Teale, Mirfield
What a tragedy that the English Democrats Party should chose to expend valuable resources on the futile European elections rather than field candidates in the local council elections of May 2.
The English people would probably have used their tactical votes for the English Democrats Party rather than the Lib-Dem or Green Party.
Here in Kirklees we might have been spared a second year of single party dictatorship!
Perhaps in the May 2020 local elections the English Democrats will offer us the chance to begin the reformation of the political arena in the United Kingdom!
Well done to all involved
From: Tim Wood, The Old Colonial, Mirfield
A couple of Saturdays ago we organised and hosted a quiz and supper night to raise money for Mirfield in Bloom.
A tidy sum was raised and the evening was enjoyed by all, although the numbers attending could have been a little higher to show appreciation and support for all the hard hours of voluntary work done by the ‘in Bloom’ team.
Secondly, another thank you for the RNLI fundraiser (Supper of Sausages) organised in conjunction with the Mirfield RNLI Support Committee, another great night.
A very big well done to both organisations.
Who knows the answer?
From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike
Once upon a time a group of 100 walkers, aged 18 and over, set off on a lovely sunny day to explore the countryside, when they came across a disused railway tunnel.
All of the group entered the tunnel and stayed together until they came to a fork in the track and they couldn’t agree the way to go.
Up jumped David Camelon, who suggested all of the hundred people should have a referendum, and whoever gained the most votes would decide which of the two tunnels they would all go down.
So Mr Camelon, who was the walking group secretary, gave all members a voting paper, which they filled in.
Nigel Farager, the walking group treasurer, told Mr. Camelon he would count the votes.
For going along tunnel A, 49 votes, for tunnel B, 51 votes. Mr Farager was happy because he had voted for tunnel B.
They all set off to walk down tunnel B, but some of the members of the group who had voted for tunnel A, didn’t like the way tunnel B seemed to be heading, so they demanded that they return and go back and try tunnel A.
Mr Camelon resigned his post as group secretary, leaving the mess for someone else to clear up.
There was much arguing from both sides, with the tunnel B voters claiming if the referendum result was not carried out, democracy was dead.
Meanwhile, tunnel A supporters insisted that going down tunnel B would turn out to be a complete disaster, and called for a second referendum.
Mr Farager was aghast at such an idea. With more evidence seeming to back the tunnel A way out, what will the outcome of a second referendum be?
Will the tunnel B supporters change their mind with all the evidence pointing to tunnel A?
That is of course if there is a second referendum...
We should not be fixated
From: Alec Suchi, Bradford
It would seem that together with diversity and multiculturalism global warming, or now more conveniently climate change, has become the new state religion.
Purveyors of doom have asserted a questionable correlation between rising temperature levels and increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Viewed within a timespan of 250 years from the start of the Industrial period, there appears to be some correlation between the two events.
However, it must be made clear that Earth has in the past enjoyed much warmer periods, for example during the Roman era or the Medieval Warm period, when CO2 levels were much lower than today. These warm periods could not have been caused by human activity in pre-industrialised societies and when the population was merely a fraction of what it is today.
The warmer periods must have arisen from natural processes and is indicative of natural climate change.
Carbon dioxide levels are today at 406 ppm, having increased from 280 ppm in pre-industrial times.
However in the Cambrian period CO2 levels had been 8,000 ppm, that is 20 times the concentration today, and no harm had arisen as a result.
It is understood that a minimum of 150 ppm of CO2 is needed to sustain plant life and in the past levels had fallen to a dangerously low level of 182 ppm.
However, studies have shown that a greater concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere encourages plant growth, raises crop yields and increases soil moisture.
As a result we should be welcoming increasing CO2 levels and also rising temperatures which extend our growing seasons and the crops which may be grown.
We are currently in an inter-glacial period between the last ice age which ended 10,000 years ago and a future one which rising temperatures may be keeping at bay.
Civilisations flourish in periods of warmth, whilst in cold periods survival becomes the primary consideration.
Rather than being fixated with climate change, our efforts would be better directed towards reducing toxic atmospheric emissions such as nitrous oxides and sulphur dioxide, avoiding polluting our rivers and seas and better conserving our natural resources.