Your Letters – Friday October 19, 2018

Only one chance to remember

Letter of the Week: Tim Wood, Combined Services Parade Associates

At 2pm on Sunday the 11th of November 2018 the Mirfield Remembrance parade will march off to Ings Grove Park for the Service of Remembrance, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918.

Alongside us will be the proud mix of civic dignitaries, serving and ex-serving personnel of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and other Crown services.

Our aim this year is to encourage other groups and associations and affiliations to march with us. 

The Mirfield branch of the Royal British Legion is being proudly represented at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall by branch standard bearer Sean Guy and chairman Dave Horrobin.

On Sunday 11th of November Ann Clough, ex-WRAF and branch member, will be marching in the Whitehall parade.

Each week we shall be bringing to light new articles and artefacts of historical interest that will enable us to promote our approach to Remembrancetide and our commitment to enourage others to do the same. The planning and preparations of all parades and acts of dedication are being marked in varying special ways throughout the country and the commonwealth.

This Saturday, 20th October at 8pm, the Old Colonial is putting on a quiz and supper night to help raise funds for one of our marching bands, 868 Sqdn ATC (Mirfield), as new equipment is always needed.

On Friday 9th of November a concert of Remembrance will be held at St Mary’s Church in Mirfield, featuring the Hammonds Brass Band. More about this concert later on.

The route of the Remembrance parade through Mirfield will be suitably decorated to mark this special occasion, and there may be an opportunity where the Mayor of Mirfield encourages local shops to add to the occasion with displays and trimmings.

Please remember, this is the only chance we shall have to honour the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the war that saw the cream of our youth give their most.

Let us all across the districts do them proud.

Beggars are on the increase

From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge

Re: Last week’s Ed Lines. I understand your issue with food banks, poverty and your ‘not well off’ observations, plus I can identify (as can many who read it) the archetypal description of the ‘obese woman with pram and smartphone’.

That said, whatever the reasons and suppositions we all have, I must say on my travels round our county I have seen recently an awful lot of homeless, destitute and beggars on the streets.

Indeed, in 22 years of driving professionally I’ve only seen regular beggars over the last five years.

Maybe that is coincidental, or as you say Danny a social thing, though sadly I have to say your comments on your own hardships remind me of ‘older’ colleagues at the introduction of flexible hours at work, where the argument started with: “in my day.....”

Well, unfortunately it’s not your day (mine neither), it’s ‘their’ day, which is different to ours!

On Boar Lane in Leeds there are around 10 homeless people laid in doorways at all times of day, plus the occasional ‘Spice Boy’.

Over in Bradford at the Smiddles Lane junction with Manchester Road there is now daily a beggar at the traffic lights complete with ‘homeless’ placard who receives money and food thrown his way by kindly/guilty/naive motorists.

Finally, very recently down by the back of the ice rink we have a car windscreen cleaner, something I’ve only ever seen in American films!

I don’t make a judgement,  I don’t make a contribution either as I have my family to look after, but if any of you haven’t been to Leeds or Bradford recently you’ll be shocked.

Keep up the good work.

Days of chat are fading...

From: KJ Flavell, Dewsbury

One factor that most pubs and restaurants get wrong is the background music.

It seems too loud, or you can barely hear it. 

Also, who wants to listen to heavy metal or rap, which often the bar staff put on, when you are trying to unwind with a pint or glass of wine.

A well-known pub chain used to give CDs to landlords timed as ‘Daytime’, ‘Early Evening’ and ‘Night’ music, to make things more congenial.

Also, nowadays, people don’t seem to have pleasant discussions.

They just sit glued to a monologue executed by the person with the loudest voice, spouting their inane rubbish.

The days of jovial social intercourse are fading.

Top cop was no coward

From: Mark O’Hara, via email

Dear Danny,

Although I agree with you on many matters, on this occasion I have to agree to disagree with you on your article in Ed Lines last week regarding Assistant Police Commissioner Craig Mackey.

It is easy to say what other people should do when they’re not involved in the situation; but Mr Mackey was involved. “Judge not; lest ye be judged.”

Mr Mackey had just witnessed a man flailing around with two blood-stained machetes having just slaughtered another police officer.

Mr Mackey had no weapons; no body armour; is probably near to retirement (therefore slower reactions) and had two civilians in his car.

Further, he was probably well aware that there were armed officers in the near vicinity who could deal with the situation; and indeed; they did so.

So why put his life and that of the civilians at risk? In my opinion; all that would have happened would be that he too would have lost his life and that there would be at least another family grieving; his and maybe that of the two civilians.

It should be every person’s instinct to have come to the rescue of the slain officer; and indeed I dare say Mr Mackey’s immediate thought was to do the same; but wisdom was to do as he did.

One machete maybe could have been blocked; but then the other one would have most probably meet its desired target.

Therefore; I conclude that Mr Mackey cannot be considered a coward (no evidence of such) and certainly not be stripped of his Royal honour. 

Talk is cheap

From: Karl Dobson, Ravensthorpe

You can only judge a politician by their past performance, not by promises made in speeches. 

Theresa May more or less read her conference speech word for word, no doubt written by other people.

As Home Secretary she promised to cut immigration down to tens of thousands, but it went up by hundreds of thousands!

She is a Remainer at heart, and craftily went AWOL for a few days when the Tories were selecting a leader, letting the others fight among themselves for the position.

Watch out for even more concessions to the fading European Union, if she is given the chance. 

She has been around for far too long – a weak, scheming leader in my opinion.

Still better off on benefits

From: James Taylor, Mirfield

MPs are now getting over £77,000 a year. Didn’t I recall how our MPs didn’t last want their pay raise and would pay it to charity a few years ago? 

Funnily enough I haven’t seen any evidence of this from Paula or Tracy in your paper? 

If we’re so bothered about food banks and neither local MPs want their increase in salary, where have you donated it?

I did a YouGov survey today ..... do you think food bank users are lazy? No. 

Do you think some abuse the system? Yes. 

Do you think they can help themselves? Yes. 

Do you know users with Sky TV, a smartphone and Nike trainers who use food banks? Yes.

Do you donate yourself to help others and for how long? Yes (30 years).

Do you have a smartphone and smart TV even if you donate? No (can’t afford them).

The country and government are a joke. I had a girlfriend on housing benefit and what I call social security. She had two kids and brought in more than my mother working 37 hours a week. 

So all this stuff from Mrs May about ‘no-one will be worse off working than on benefits’ is a joke.

Still so much inequality

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

Two events last week highlighted the inequality that exists in this country.

First the recommendation that senior judges be given an annual pay rise of almost £60,000, even though the Tory government has said in the past that no public employee should be paid more than the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister currently earns £150,402 per year, while the rise for judges would put them on £240,000 per year.

Secondly the tax payer has stumped up £2m for a Royal wedding of the ninth in line to the throne, Prince Eugenie, who is hardly known to anyone outside Royal circles, not to mention saturated coverage on TV.

The Royal family, like many at the top of the pile in this country, have not worked hard for their wealth, they inherited it.

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