Your Letters – Friday October 12, 2018

Locals tried to buy derelict buildings

Letter of the Week: Craig Munns, Batley

It is quite clear that the objections to the demolition of St Mary’s school have been mentioned in church, as all the comments to the council supporting the demolition mention parking. 

You are quite within your right to support this application, and if the destruction of our local history means you can park slightly closer to the school, then I’m sure you will sleep fine at night.

I would like to point out that there HAS been interest in purchasing and renovating the buildings, not only from myself but several other community interest companies and non-profit organisations.

The fact is that we had to wait well over a year from our initial enquiries before we were allowed to even look around the site, by which time the funding was no longer available.

It’s clear the church never had any intention of selling the buildings for redevelopment as when we made our initial enquiries, within days of the for sale sign going up, there were already blueprints for four semi-detached houses on the site.

I had also contacted the diocese prior to the buildings being put up for sale about renovating them but received no response.

I’m only making this point as several of the objections claim there has been no interest and that the people objecting don’t live around here.

The fact is we do and we wanted to save these buildings, but apparently money comes before community.

Locky gets his own poem...

From: JM Oates, Mirfield

I enclose a poem I have written in support of Danny Lockwood. It could be sung to the tune of the Laughing Policeman…

Danny’s Song

I was sitting at my local patch

Trying to catch a roach

Suddenly I turned and saw

A constable approach

Do not move, he ordered me

That bank is very steep

One false move and you could be

Struggling in the deep.

Then I heard the sirens

Squad cars by the load

A fleet of fire engines

Screaming up the road

Hi-vis jackets everywhere

Helmets and the like

I’m sure I saw Chief Super Sykes

Leaning on her bike

The health and safety lady came

And said with bored detachment

Nothing can be done until

I’ve done a risk assessment

Then the local drunk fell by 

And yelled, abort the mission

Can’t you see, you silly sods

It’s only Danny fishin’...

Time for vote on NI issue

From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike

I would like to thank Paul Gray (Forum September 28) for pointing out my mistake on the referendum results in Northern Ireland (NI).

He was right, and I apologise to anyone if I caused some confusion.

The figure of nearly 100% I quoted was the referendum result in Gibraltar, where 96% voted to remain.

The result in NI still leads to the same conclusion, showing a big majority in favor of remaining in the EU.

I’m sure all political parties would be happy with that majority in parliament. 

At the risk of repeating myself, it’s time for a vote on the issue of NI, with the population of the UK and Republic of Ireland taking part. 

Figures from the House of Commons Library for 2016/17 show that government spending in NI, Scotland and Wales was higher than in England. 

Government spending per head of population in the UK as a whole was £9,159.

England received £8,898 per head, 3% below average. 

Scotland received £10,651 per head, 16% above average.

Wales receives £10,076 per head, 10% above average. 

NI received £11,042 per head, 21% above average.

It seems unfair that the English should subsidise the rest of the UK, and a united Ireland would give the remainers in NI their opportunity to do so. 

Now the Scottish National Party (SNP) are clamouring for a second referendum on independence from the UK. 

They should be granted their wish, but all of the UK should get a vote. 

As for the Rock of Gibraltar, with the use of spy satellites we don’t need it to see who is coming and going through the straits.

And after all, Gibraltar is part of Spanish mainland. Give it back to Spain.

A mixture might be best

From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge

I find myself agreeing with you again, Danny, on Mrs May’s dancing at conference to Abba. 

You and Graham Norton seem to be thinking along very similar lines. You aren’t writing comedy scripts in your spare time too, are you?!

Mrs May does seem genuine and calm to the alternatives though, daft dancing aside. 

Oily Mr Gove, grasping Mr Johnson and the other ‘vegetables’, using a Thatcheresque term from the much-missed Spitting Image, I do find myself strangely listening to Mr Rees-Mogg though on Question Time (when are you going to be on there, surely soon?).

Despite the pantomime voice and mannerisms as he is so deadpan, he genuinely seems to believe in himself (or he is a great con artist?).

As a Labour/opposition supporter, not much is happening there either, though the renationalisation of major public bodies is in my view right.

We all need water, gas, electric and British Rail etc as they should be run for the public, with profits ploughed back in, not for greedy selfish shareholders.

Not forgetting our NHS and the poor old Post Office, which effectively is the same as the others, as long as Ms Abbot isn’t in charge of anything and Keir Starmer learns to brush his hair on the Labour side! No comment about Vince Cable!

We should have borders and we should be checking more on who/what comes in/out and why.

Tax avoidance should be targeted and those big companies should be made to treat employees fairly and have a voice in decisions affecting their own jobs.

I just wonder who has all these policies for me? Maybe a mix of the best bits is the way to go.

I look forward to your appearance on QT, presumably you are biding your time as you would prefer when bookies’ favourite Ms Maitlis takes the reins!

Keep up the good work.

Standards are nosediving

From: CR Stevens, Ossett

As I write this letter, I have a copy of the Royal Charter by which the rules relate to the many conditions the BBC have to broadcast under.

Here are three examples:

• Represent the interestes of licence fee-payers;

• Exercise rigorous stewardship of public money;

• Words to the effect that the BBC should observe high standards of openess, transparency and political neutrality.

Enough said! Where are the powers that be who are to uphold these rules?

Are they just another toothless quango or watchdog which we were promised would be put on the ‘bonfire’?

Examples – on the Andrew Marr Show, he once had five guests, four of them being remainers, when discussing Brexit.

On Question Time last year, 68 per cent of the panel were Remainers.

A decent, uplifting programme like Songs Of Praise is shuffled around and a different time almost every week. Which ‘heathen’ is responsible for this?

Just lately the BBC has bombarded us with a lot of rubbish and filth. No wonder standards amongst the public are nose-diving.

How do they get away with it, especially when anyone has the inclination not to pay the BBC licence fee is hauled before the courts?

Benefits changes cost families dearly

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

The words of Theresa May at the Tory party conference had hardly left her lips, “austerity is coming to an end”, when Works and Pensions Minister Esther Mcvey revealed that millions of families on Universal Credit benefit will lose £200 a month.

This would see half of all lone parents and two thirds of working age groups lose around £2,400 per year, and those with a disabled child who stay on in education post-19 losing up to £600.

Food bank usage is up by 50 per cent in some areas and I’m pleased to hear that Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has stated he would scrap Universal Credit and halt people’s lives being wrecked.

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