Your Letters – Friday November 23, 2018

Why can’t they manage on millions?

Letter of the Week: Mr F Pearson, Mirfield

The final edition of Pears’ Cyclopaedia gave the population of Dewsbury as 55,200, Batley 47,000 and Huddersfield 150,000, all approximately, as high birth rates among certain factions are increasing these rapidly.

Say, just 30 per cent of Kirklees households pay an average of £17 each week, then the income the council gets weekly, goes into many millions of pounds, added on to grants from central government. 

If they can’t manage on sums like this, then there must be something seriously wrong.

I note their advert for a new ‘communications chief’ on £1,300 a week. From the job description wording, you would need an Enigma machine to fathom out what their duties would be!

I thought all this wastage had ended. Also, new managers appointed will cost council tax payers another half a million!

From past experience it is my opinion that some of these positions will be already spoken for in the ‘jobs for the boys and girls’ climate that prevails in the public sector, but they have to put an advert out by law.

You seldom hear of any fat-cat officials being sacked, even after abject failure, or when the heat is on.

They just seem to get a similar job in another council, sometimes with a ‘redundancy’ package. 

Moreover, why should some of our council tax be used to subsidise the pensions of council workers? Nobody paid mine. 

Times have changed since the days of the humble town clerk, paid not much more than office staff. Now we have cabinets, chief executives etc, so we’ll have to pay them more, won’t we!

There was a court case a few years ago whereby a man would pay his council tax, but not the proportion that went to subsidise council workers’ pensions.

If found guilty, he could have been put in prison. I watched the news and read the papers but could never find the outcome. 

If any reader knows, I wonder if they could write to the Forum?


Well done Hector

From: Name and address supplied

Well done to ‘Heckmondwike Hector’ for his excellent letter in last week’s Press. 

He articulated so well what most of the population feel, not only in Kirklees but in other parts of the country where such scandals surface.

Can’t the powers that be see what damage to society they are doing by not confronting these issues head-on?


We’re being sold down the river

From: Mr G Dennis (Birstall)

Many congratulations Theresa May PM on your fantastic performance this week whilst fronting up your fellow MPs at Westminster.

However, it is just such a crying shame that the same resolve was not demonstrated by you and your government as you have merely capitulated to the bullies and blackmail of the European Union.

The UK is being sold down the river and this does not reflect the vote by our nation to leave the EU, and their gravy train that is sadly supported by the constant scaremongering of your pathetic parliamentary colleagues who clearly possess no backbone!


No need to stoke fires with insults

From: Paul Holmes, branch secretary, Kirklees Unison

I refer to the headline on Ed Lines in The Press on November 9 entitled ‘Loonat’s Loonies’.

I would have thought that, in 2018, the use of mental illness insults in a headline about politics would be seen as outdated/rude/unacceptable – but Mr Lockwood seems to revel in trying to get responses with outrageous headlines. 

I don’t normally write in supporting councillors (if you stand for election you expect criticism) but it is hard enough to encourage younger people to get involved anyway without such unsavoury abuse.

The editorial by Mr Lockwood gives no reference to any policy criticisms of Coun Loonat, it just makes vague references to issues about fascism – an issue in the week before Armistice Day which is extremely insensitive when millions are remembering, amongst other things, the victims of fascism and those who fought in the Second World War.

Perhaps Mr Lockwood should start to criticise individual councillor’s actions rather than ‘scatter-gun’ attacks on an individual, which is a poor substitute for real political criticism.

Mr Lockwood’s crude attacks cause much harm/encourages victimisation.

We have had too much of this, both locally and globally, recently. 

Coun Loonat has stood for election and been elected as a councillor. I’m not sure who elected Mr Lockwood as editor, but I do admire those who stand for election and fight for their principles and communities.

I also support a free press. Gutter journalism, cheap snipes and personal insults don’t help the democratic process, nor do they encourage individuals to engage in politics. Coun Loonat should be subject to valid criticism which she can respond to, not general personal abuse which ‘stokes fires’.


A poignant poem

From: Denise Parkinson, Batley

Poppies Bright Red

Like the blood that was shed

Fathers, sons, husbands in the trenches 

All that’s left are names on the benches

It was the war to end all wars 

Full of hope unfurled 

Until one mad man in 1939 

Wanted to rule the world

We remember them all

Such another massacre and sacrifice 

We will never forget them 

Not man or boy 

Us that now live our lives in peace and joy


A trip into the belly of the beast

From: C Walshaw, Scholes, Cleckheaton

Having recently returned from an EU-subsidised ‘indoctrination’ trip to the European Parliament in Brussels, I am even more convinced of our need to distance ourselves from this Dystopian organisation. 

Having studied the workings of the EU over a number of years, the sheer effect of being in the belly of the beast was both awe inspiring and terrifying at the same time.

The sheer largesse on display is in line with the pre-war ‘Kraft Durch Freude’ (Strength Through Joy) programme.

To be inside the Brussels and Strasbourg bubble is to have a quality of life unimaginable by us mere mortals – subsidised meals, hairdressing, beauty treatments, nail care, health care plans, pensions and a tax rate of 18 per cent regardless of earnings. What’s not to like?

The whole purpose of indoctrination into the EU way of life is spectacularly successful and enticing, a Butlin’s workspace. No wonder there are no dissenters within its vast and varied walls.

A close-up view of this Soviet-style command economy should be compulsory for everyone concerned with the future of Britain, if not Europe, regardless of whether they voted Leave or Remain.

I was familiar with the 150 billion-Euro annual budget, 42 per cent of which is wasted on the inefficient Common Agricultural Policy, which inflates our food prices by some 10 per cent, and the 45 per cent which funds projects to create economic cohesion, growth and employment, six per cent on administrative costs and six per cent on ‘foreign’ policy.

The layers of bureaucracy with its vast list of presidents of the Commission, European Council, Parliament, Council of Ministers, various courts, etc. 

This non-withstanding the 40 plus Euroquangos and phalanx of separately big business-funded lobbyists, but to see it in reality is quite chilling.

The wasted 150 million Euros a year moving the whole legislation machine to Strasbourg (which is a duplicate of Brussels) once a month is a total anathema to common sense.

The TV and Youtube broadcasts we see, I imagined came from Brussels. Not so; it’s Strasbourg, which is only used for 36 days per year.

There is much, much, more to reveal, such as the mounting legislation currently being ramped up to hogtie the UK to the EU in the two-year ‘transition’ period, including the Euro army, but space does not permit.

Our sovereignty must be paramount to disentangle ourselves from this Gorgon. 

Lobby your MP by email, letter or better still in person, we voted OUT, that is their mandate!

In a no-deal scenario trade will sort itself out and find a way, companies do business not politicians.

Ignore the Project Fearmongers, we have nothing to fear.

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