Your Letters - Friday September 22, 2017

Get some Dirty, Rotten colour in your life!

Letter of the Week: Judith Greenwood, Dewsbury

Want to store up some colour, fun and laughter ahead of the winter? 

Then go down to Batley Town Hall to see Carlinghow Theatre’s fabulous production of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ this Friday or Saturday. 

I guarantee you will be brilliantly entertained. 

Catchy  tunes with witty lyrics are matched by sparkling dialogue.

And when you add in glamorous costumes and sets which are elegant and beautifully lit, who could resist such a wonderful night out?

The company’s hallmark is its range of fabulous acting, singing and dancing talent, which would grace any stage.

Give yourself a treat and don’t miss it! 

Care plans are just not cricket

From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

At the North Kirklees CCG ‘engagement’ last Wednesday, GPs wanted people to talk about a single GP surgery for each care home, whether resident patients had known those GPs before or not. 

Not sure about that! 

They also wanted to give care home residents more routine check-ups and provide training and ‘apps’ for staff so that they could pick up problems before they needed hospital admission. 

Nothing to object to there, then. Except that care homes are now the playthings of the financial markets and run for profit, which is hidden by calling it ‘costs’ and using complicated company structures, and it ends up in tax havens. 

So why should public money subsidise care homes any more than it has to by renting a room and caring for a vulnerable person? 

Do taxpayers fund checkout trainees or pay for extra tills? 

Also, the extra money to pay for this improved care home service would have to come from reductions in service for other people not in care homes.

This is pitting one set of people against another set and marks a wider trend we are seeing in the health service, now that it is ‘arms length’ from government, like Dewsbury Hospital v Wakefield, Huddersfield v Halifax.

This is just not cricket!

New volunteers are needed

From: Alan Spencer, treasurer, Batley branch of the Royal British Legion

We are looking for volunteers over 18 years of age to help with the sale of poppies in the Birstall and Batley areas at various sites around the district.

Any help over any times for the period covering October up to Remembrance Sunday would be welcome.

There is also a need to deliver out boxes of Poppies to establishments around the area. Any help would be appreciated.

Also, the local committee has lost several members over the last year and is looking for people of any age joining in, and new blood is wanted. 

We need people with new ideas to help with and/or arrange fund raising events and social events. 

We are open to any ideas. Contact any of the following for information. You do not have to have served in the forces to join us.

1 Mary Day 07548 587645;

2 Colin Whitworth 01924 524827;

3 Peter Brierley 01924 440832;

4 Alan Spence 07891 789109.

Confused over MPs’ reasons

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Dear Sir,

I note that our two local loyal Corbynite MPs have done as they were told and voted against the Britexit Repeal Bill.

I am still totally confused as to their reasons. 

Firstly: As far as I can make out Labour have concerns that Tory ministers could introduce laws which will curtail workers’ rights, force us to eat unhealthy food and breath polluted air.

Apparently all this vote-winning legislation could happen without some sort of safety net created by allowing the opposition parties, Labour, SNP and the rest, to have their say.

Surely if these laws were so unpalatable to the electorate, then Labour would win the next General Election with a landslide, and Corbyn will be free to repeal said laws.

Secondly: The old chestnut that unrestricted free movement has a positive benefit on British workers, and no way affects their wages, job or housing prospects and the EU’s economic policies benefits said workers?

How on earth Labour (Remainers) conclude the former is beyond my understanding given that: The monthly net average wage in Romania, for example, is £562, whereas in the UK it is £1,888 so slightly different expectations as to what constitutes a living wage.

Additionally, the Government hasn’t a clue as to what EU migrant workers actually do, earn or cost the country. 

This is because there has been no reason to compile statistics on EU nationals within the UK because the UK signed up for uncontrollable movement in the first place. 

Or the latter: I suspect the 21 per cent unemployed in Greece or the 17 per cent in Spain would beg to differ.

As would the UK’s steelworkers, where the Indian conglomerate TATA, had no qualms in leaving the UK without a steel industry (as an aside, Tetley Tea is owned by same crowd).

So, whats an old cynic to conclude?

That Labour bigwigs have sat in their London office and decided that they can kick Brexit into the long grass and become the Remain Party in all but name, and thus win the next General Election.

This will be aided by Blair and his banking mates (Gina Miller) mobilising some sort of Remainer backlash in the Tory heartlands.

Labour can then hoover up Remain voters and safely ignore Northern Labour leave voters because they will all vote Labour regardless, and additionally Labour can rely on the immigrant vote to keep numbers up.

The rewards? Corbyn can usher in his communist utopia, McDonnell can achieve his declared lifelong ambition of smashing capitalism, and Blair can take his seat at the head of the EU Mafia club.


Your donations are life-savers

From: The Duchess of York, Ambassador for the British Heart Foundation

This September is ‘Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month’ at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), a cause I feel extremely passionate about.

On September 20 I was officially announced as a BHF Ambassador, marking the occasion by spending the morning at The William Harvey Heart Centre, Queen Mary University of London, where the BHF funds life-saving heart research.

I spoke with BHF researchers at the university about research they are doing into pre-eclampsia, the leading cause of death worldwide for women during pregnancy and heart transplant rejection. 

This research is of particular interest me to as my mother was previously diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.

It is estimated that globally around 76,000 pregnant women die each year from pre-eclampsia and related hypertensive disorders. 

Whilst at Queen Mary’s I also met various women who are fighting a daily battle with heart disease. 

These women included Bina Ghelani and her baby Aarya. Bina was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia when she was 32 weeks pregnant with Aarya.

Thankfully they both made a full recovery but this is something no family should have to face.

It’s a very sad reality that coronary heart disease remains the UK’s single biggest killer. 

It kills twice as many women as breast cancer. 

In Yorkshire and the Humber there are 620,000 people alone living a daily battle with cardiovascular disease. 

Some 13,800 lives are lost every year in Yorkshire and the Humber because of these devastating conditions.

But there is hope. The BHF currently funds 99 research projects at Institutions across Yorkshire and the Humber to help fight this heartless disease.

I’d like to encourage all Yorkshire readers to help fund the BHF’s life saving research this September by donating any unwanted items to your local BHF shop. 

I have already donated a bag of my unwanted items to the BHF’s Bag It Beat It (BIBI) campaign, their annual stock donation campaign this September so you all must! 

The BHF has a one million-bag target throughout the month. 

Your donations really are life-savers.

For more information on the BHF and their Bag It Beat It campaign visit

To book a free collection call, 0808 2500024.

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