Informed choice has been denied to parents
Letter of the Week: ‘Heckmondwike Hector’
As a resident living in Kirklees I, like many others, sense that we are being governed by an authority whose actions (or lack of) are, on occasions, tantamount to criminality.
We have recently experienced a prime example in the hushed-up paedophilia scandal.
Now, even before these headlines have become fish and chip paper, we are faced with yet another revelation regarding the consumption of halal meat in schools.
A revelation, of course, which appears to have been kept under wraps for at least a decade.
For members of the council to feign shock claiming that they were totally oblivious beggars belief. I myself could have told them years ago.
Fact: the regulations surrounding the origins, preparation and transportation of food, namely to schools, is under governance from the very top – right down to local level.
Failing this, then we could be eating dog meat without knowing.
Pleading ignorance to a practice that has continued for a long time mirrors the ‘oversight’ afforded to a sexually-perverted mafia.
The whole scenario carries the same odour of the cover-up aimed at (yes, you guessed it) avoiding ‘giving offence’, a reason that has become all too tiresome besides being outright condescending.
Whilst I feel uncomfortable about the halal methods of slaughter in which animals are not stunned beforehand, I enjoy South Asian cuisine, so for me personally I cannot claim to have an axe to grind.
The difference here, however, is that I have an informed choice: the very choice that has been deliberately denied parents, teachers and children in state schools.
If the council didn’t know anything about it and are now concerned as to what is taking place, the immediate question is what do they intend to do about it? Something, or plain nothing?
Let’s look at it the other way around, as people are doing more and more frequently.
If Muslim children were being provided meat that had not been ritually slaughtered, there would be a volcanic reaction throughout the entire Asian community.
Kirklees officials would be in front of newspaper journalists and TV cameras giving the best explanation that they could.
After this they would dance round the clock until they got it right.
How unsatisfactory it is that the same concern and consideration would not be afforded to those who do not share the Muslim faith!
This warped diversity agenda, constantly skewed in favour of one group, has fomented an intense dissatisfaction amongst the general population. Worse; there is a palpable undercurrent of seething resentment towards the officials behind it.
I fear for the future of our children. All of the above is fuel for fascists!
Take a look at what is happening in Europe and now on the other side of the world, in Brazil.
This is what happens when individuals see no redress when the arrogant and ‘purposefully blind’ officials sweep to one side their deepest concerns.
Let us remember, National Socialism rose on the backs of disenchanted communities throughout Germany.
At local levels councils need to think about all influences within the community without turning a blind eye in order to avoid offence (and I include along with this, the ever-pervasive hand of creeping Sharia).
They need to think seriously about the concerns of everyone.
Moreover they need to think about the damage they do when they suppress the truth for the sake of ‘diversity’.
Pick up your litter – it’s not difficult!
From: Marilyn S Shaw, Thornhill
We are always hearing about human rights, but no-one ever mentions human responsibilities.
Surely rights should be balanced with responsibilities.
If we are the intelligent beings we are supposed to be, surely we must accept that we have responsibilities.
We are hammered by political correctness to the point that people hardly dare say anything.
Surely we can start to take responsibility, even if it is only picking up our litter and putting it in a bin.
Simple enough you would think, but how often do you see rubbish dropped on the street – even worse thrown from a car, a whole carrier bag full?
Obviously these are not intelligent human beings, or are they just bone idle, thoughtless and dirty?
They spoil what is beautiful countryside and litter towns and cities.
I know many good people who make a point of working in groups to clear up litter and rubbish, but this surely shouldn’t be the case.
Perhaps we should start ‘good citizenship’ classes for those who don’t know any better.
‘Customers’ had no choice on meat
From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge
Your headline this week regarding halal meat initially was quite shocking.
Yes I’m not happy about the possibility that my daughter has unknowingly had it at school.
Indeed, a solicitor somewhere must be rubbing their hands with glee on a prospective compensation claim for hurt, damage, ignoring religious beliefs/wishes and animal welfare.
Never mind the claimant, but I look at it another way. For example, how many years have pro-halal meat-eating children had meat slaughtered in the traditional stun method, and are they as outraged?
How many people when they visit a takeaway ask for non-halal meat in their curry?
And to counter this ‘outrage’, why isn’t there a non-halal meat option on these menus? The obvious answer is the customer is always right, but in the case of these children the ‘customer’ has no knowledge or indeed a choice!
A poem to stir the emotions
From: LR Hirst, Mirfield
Some time ago I was sorting through some of my father’s old effects from the 1914-18 war. He served in France, India and the Middle East.
I am forwarding a copy of a poem which was written on some old notepaper amongst his things, with no signature of who wrote it.
It was not my father, it was not his writing. Being such a nice piece of poetry I thought you might print it in your paper for people to read.
I have also found cards commemorating the great loss of Canadian troops at Vimy Ridge in 1917.
I have forwarded them to the Veterans’ museum on Prince Edward Island in Canada and they have put them on display.
I trust you enjoy the poem, it brought tears to my eyes, which I am not too frightened to admit.
THE FINAL INSPECTION
- Author unknown
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
‘Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?’
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
‘Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’
That’s the ticket...
From: Michael Holmes, Lee Green, Mirfield
Dear Mr Grayling,
Could you use your vast brain again – who else could mess up a railway timetable and then say ‘I don’t run the railways’?
This time, organise a ticket machine on Mirfield Station. It says you have to buy a ticket from the machine or you can’t travel, or promise to buy one some time, but there isn’t one.
PS: Don’t organise that drinking party at Tetley’s Brewery for Christmas like you were going to...
No way I’m using online services
From: Tim Moorhouse, Cleckheaton
When I search through the telephone directory or Yellow Pages for the phone number of a bank, council department or similar organisations, my blood pressure shoots up when I see only ‘all enquiries’ listed and nothing else!
Up until recently, banks would be listed in their town or city location – simple. Phone the number and speak to a person, there to help. Rarely now, for security reasons. Often a cold voice comes on, telling you to go online!
There is no way I would use telephone or online banking. There is barely a week goes by without people’s private financial details being compromised, the latest being Ticketmaster and British Airways clients, after others such as Talk Talk and a few banks.
The expertise in getting ‘secret’ information is now being aided by increasing cases of ‘replacement SIM card fraud’, whereby mobile phone concerns use old SIM cards to gain information that could help a cyber crime be committed.