Your Letters – Friday November 30, 2018

She can’t make head nor tail of this sale

Letter of the Week: Peter Sykes, White Lee, Batley

Many seem to be having difficulty seeing the implications of the UK leaving the EU.

The following tale might help show how the current deal will work.

Yesterday I sold a car to a leading UK negotiator. I had it priced at £10,000 but she said the deal wasn’t right.

After some tough negotiations, I had to accept £17,000, but retained ownership of the car so I can dispose of it when I see fit (without compensation).

She also agreed that she wouldn’t be able to drive it without my permission and only on roads I pre-approved.

An annual fee would also be payable at £1.0375 per mile driven.

In a secondary agreement, the lady accepted that any repairs, servicing and annual MOTs would only be carried out at my mate’s garage and charges would solely be assessed by him.

No appeal to Trading Standards is allowed. A ‘continuous authority’ to debit her account, as per a standard payday loan company contract but with unspecified penalties for late/failed payments, was duly signed.

After the car has been scrapped, this authority reverts to a fixed £200 per month and ends 48 months thereafter.

A smile and handshake and away she went with a cheery “The best deal I’ve ever done. It’s in the national interest”. Or was it “The first deal ..?” I’d stopped listening, but did wonder “which nation?”

It was only a few months ago she told me she’d rather walk than buy a car from me.


We wish all towns were like Mirfield

From: Julie and Peter Dixon, Kirkheaton

This year’s Remembrance parade through Mirfield was special.

Not only was the town centre suitably ‘dressed up’ but it looked like more organisations were taking part.

It is fantastic to see that youth organisations are being encouraged to take an active part in proceedings.

As well as scouts and guides, schools and junior football teams took part this time.

We always meet up with people we have met on the streets of Mirfield each year – some from Leeds, some from Lincolnshire and some local Mirfielders.

We go there because you make things so special.

We wish other towns and cities would have a look at what you’re doing and maybe do similar. 

Congratulations to the relevant organising authority for yet another glorious parade and service. 


Thank you all for your dedication

From: Steve Lightwood, Mirfield

As a founder of Mirfield Community Centre management committee some 25 years ago, and chairman of the management committee for 20 years, modern technology and the way organisations are run in this confusing 21st century has caused me to review the situation, and (accelereated by a recent stroke) I have decided to step down from front-line management. 

The new Mirfield Community Centre management committee chairman is now Ian Longbottom, assisted by his wife Lisa. 

Ian and Lisa have been a huge inspiration to the centre, and the centre has benefited greatly.

Their enthusiasm and tireless work has demonstrated they are both honourable and capable of the role. 

I wish Ian and Lisa and the committee every success as they move forward. 

I want to thank all committee members past and present (who have supported me in this role) for their dedicated and voluntary work towards the success of the community centre. 

Thank you.


Tough talk

From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge 

Well said Danny, your views on Brexit are the same as mine. I think Mrs May is negotiating with one hand tied behind her back, at times by her free hand!

I also see someone from the PC brigade has chosen to attack you (again) for voicing your concerns on matters in our community.

Perhaps said union official should look after his ‘flock’ first. I wonder what the grassroots members think of his letter and is he as forceful in wages deals for them? If so, they’ll be getting a bumper wage packet!

Again as I said a few weeks ago, if people are offended don’t read the paper! You expressed a personal opinion in your paper, in your column!


We shouldn’t be kept in the dark

From: Maureen Oldroyd, via email

I am writing this letter to add my concerns to those of my friends, along with apparently many in Kirklees, that have been kept in the dark about something which many people are not happy with, and that is the killing of animals without first stunning them.

I feel as though I am condoning this, when in fact I was totally unaware that my children were or could have been eating this meat.

We still do not know which schools are involved, as Kirklees refuses to let its residents have the full facts.

Whilst I have your attention, I have observed the Christmas (if I am allowed to use that word) decorations being erected in Dewsbury, and it looks like we are in for another year of bland, predominately white lights, fashioned in geometric shapes only and with no reference to what this festive season is all about.

I expect the tree will be as last year also, leaning to one side with a few white lights draped over.

I would appreciate the councillors and officers of the council actually consulting with the public on all aspects that affect them and not keep telling us that they are aware of its citizens’ needs.


Twice in a year? This must stop!

From: Keith Ward, Huddersfield

I wrote to Danny Lockwood some months ago via the excellent League Weekly. 

I started the letter with a couple of deserved barbed comments, but the gist of my letter was praise for his honesty and reporting style in his delivered ideas. 

I have just read his article on halal meat and he is 100 per cent right. 

I worked in Kealy’s slaughterhouse at the top of Battye Street in Dewsbury in the 60s.

Then, as now, if we simply cut the necks of animals without stunning it would be a quicker and cheaper job, but then, as now, it is illegal.

It is scandal that some can do as they like – all animals should be stunned.

PS: I have spent over 40 years stoically not praising Danny Lockwood for anything, now I have done it twice in a year. This must stop.


Poppy effort was just superb

From: Tim Wood, RBL Poppy Appeal officer, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe districts

Many thanks to all who took part and contributed towards our 2018 Poppy Appeal in Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.

An all-out effort was made this year to try and reach a self-set target of £20,000. To date, we have raised just over £17,500 with some monies yet to come in.

Sadly we have had a spate of crime in Mirfield, with the loss of eight of our boxes stolen from some key locations. 

However this will not dampen our spirits or dampen our resolve to attempt to achieve better results in the future. 

I would like to thank the management and staff of the Co-op store in Mirfield town centre for letting us use their premises for our stall.

Also to Lidl, who let us use their entrance area for the local Air and Army Cadets to sell from this location.

Home Bargains in Ravensthorpe gave permission to use their property for two former soldiers, Mick Webber and Chucky Damon, to set up stall on two whole Saturdays. The results were tremendous.

Sue Horrobin also held a stall at Hopton Cottage Care Home. The Air and Army Cadets turned out for us in force to do the street collection, and the Guides did a bucket collection for us around Ings Grove Park.

Other groups sold knitted poppies and made other items which were sold, with all the proceeds going towards our final total.

Without the help of the local RBL membership and local individuals who staffed our stall in the Co-op and/or undertook to distribute and collect boxes our results would not have been so good.

Can I also thank the team of good-natured friends and RBL members who turned out to count the proceeds from more than 200 boxes, and to Caroline Dixon of Lloyds Bank who gave her own time to oversee the collation of funds on our counting day.

Without the generosity of the public who fill the boxes in our local shops, schools, pubs, clubs, churches, factories, work places and various outlets all our efforts would fade.

So once more, can I thank everyone for their efforts and contributions. You made the sun shine in November yet again.


Profit before people’s friends

From: Name and address supplied

Do you have diabetes? Have you just been diagnosed? 

Awesome. A new report’s out, saying diabetes prescriptions cost the NHS £1bn a year.

This is framed so that people will blame diabetics and not question what’s in the environment that has built up over 20 years to double the number of new cases. 

People can live a long time with diabetes, but without drugs they’ll die. This makes them a valuable commodity for big pharma and their middlemen. 

Big pharma and US health multinationals are so embedded with top NHS bosses now that soon diabetics could be made to feel like the only kid in the class on free school meals. 

Self-care is the thing to wean us off NHS provision. To abolish the ‘dependency culture’. 

Brexit means the present government is doing deals with the States over health. 

NHS funds can go straight to private companies for diabetes education. Have you been invited to a meeting with an advisor who didn’t turn up? Local NHS funding is cut. Hard choices! 

Have your say, Morley people as well, at the CCG engagement event, on December 12, 2.30pm-4.30pm at Batley Town Hall. 

You may be surprised how many people put profit before friends and neighbours. Mainly because they don’t know they are.


I believe we all need to remember

From: Leonard Gardner, Carlinghow

On Sunday November 4, one week prior to Remembrance Day, there was an Antiques Roadshow World War One special. 

No value was attached to any of the artefacts/objects as a mark of respect. 

I have visited Bayeux and toured the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery of 22,000 servicemen and women who made the ulitmate sacrifice for me and all who believe in freedom. 

The gleaming white rows of headstones stretching away into the morning sun brought tears to my eyes – as did some of the stories on the antiques programme.

My granddaughter of four years of age spoke in a whisper – I didn’t tell her, she just did it as if she knew that Bayeux was a place of reverance and peace.

The ages of these heroes range from range from 16 to 30.

Some people say that it is incorrect to recognise Remembrance Day, little realising that these heroes died to give them the right to say that – the right to free speech.

On the programme several place names were mentioned – the Somme, Passchendaele and Ypres.

I’ve picnicked behind ‘The Gate’ at Ypres and seen the 65,000 names carved in stone – including the KOYLI and West Yorkshire Regiment.

At Ypres there’s a memorial book with thousands of visitors’ names recorded there. It’s behind a metal door, unlocked, for anyone to write in, which I did. I sincerely believe that this kind of history should be in the National Curriculum.

I believe every school should organise visits to these places to make future generations aware of the human cost in lives to give us the freedom we have in the UK.

There are too many countries in this world which would not allow me the right to write this letter – thank god we can always do this. 


Blue light attacks need dealing with 

From: Robert Cowan, Sandal

I can only imagine what it must be like to have a job where there is a distinct possibility on a daily basis of being the victim of an assault.

Yet that is the reality for those employed in the emergency services and the NHS.

In the past year alone there have been more than 26,000 assaults against police officers and some 17,000 against staff of the NHS.

These appalling statistics speak loudly about the state of modern society where it is unfortunately not unknown for ambulance crews and fire-fighters to be ambushed by thugs while responding to 999 calls.

Police Federation leader Ken Marsh has also condemned the walk-on-by culture demonstrated by some mindless members of the public who are quite happy to film such incidents to then post on social media.

A recent bill in parliament has resulted in prison sentences being doubled for perpetrators of violent assaults against members of the emergency services and NHS workers from six months to a year. This, in my view does not go nearly far enough.

For those found guilty of attacks on police officers, ambulance crews and fire-fighters whose sole purpose is to protect and serve the public, often saving lives in the process, prison sentences should be increased significantly from their present levels to truly reflect the gravity of such crimes and to deter others from such disgraceful actions.

Without the thin blue line of the police, society would soon descend into anarchy and lawlessness, and without the urgent responses of the other emergency services lives would certainly be lost.

Those who attack such dedicated and vital workers should be dealt with in the courts with the utmost severity.


Will the caged bird be impeached?

From: Lionel Conyers, via email

A poem! 

‘Tweety-pie’

Tweety-pie in his cage 

Round and round in a rage 

Democrats stalk him like Sylvesters

Then they circle for the kill

They underestimate his skill 

At ignoring them and their ilk 

Sometimes he can be smooth as silk 

And then he tweets a crass invention 

And still the Sylvesters aim for him 

And his majority increases, though still slim 

Don’t they understand this vilification? 

Merely insults the dregs of his nation 

The cage is the money in his pocket 

Will it protect him from the mob 

Of Democrats out for his job 

He upsets all the CIAs and FBIs

He gets them going with his ‘lies?’

Or is it more fake news

That he proffers

Or something else that he offers

He calls it straight from the hip

You can tell this from the curl of his lip

It is his candour that excites

His appeal to the down and outs

Makes him more popular when he shouts Make America Great Again 

On the southern border, the terrain is like the Alamo once more 

He will keep everyone out 

The border force will cause a rout 

Build me a wall he says 

His standing still as high, he stays

In charge when it comes to building it 

He will likely keep on shouting

But the result will be no outing 

Of the truth, if it be told 

He won’t do anything to ease the cold 

Heartless man he is at heart 

Telling the Saudis they’re all right 

To murder a man, who they did fight. 

Who will say anything to make this a mis-representation 

But in the end it will all be a fabrication 

He’ll say it was all fake news 

The caravan in Mexico is at the border 

Shoot them all; he’ll give the order

Tweety-pie in his cage 

Round and round in a rage 

Will it all end in tears 

Have all the Sylvesters’ admonitions been reached 

Or will the caged bird be impeached?

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