IN just over a month’s time we shall all be receiving the 2011 census through our letter boxes.
Is this harmless or intrusive considering the new questions that will be asked? These include how do you usually travel to work, what is your central heating like and how’s your health?
How’s your health? We should all answer with the classic quote from exTalk Sport chat show host Mike Dickin, (sadly deceased), who said “My health is not in question.’’
By law the census has to be answered – if not one risks a fine of up to £1,000.
In 2001 somewhere between one million and three million refused to answer the census and approximately only 4,000 people were convicted of not answering the census.
Big Brother is watching but not very good at prosecuting those who do not play by The Establishment’s rules.
I, for one, will fill in the census with the most ridiculous answers I can think off, and why?
Because there is already too much personal information held on file about the population of the British Isles and that sticks in my craw.
So let the powers that be track me down and prove that I am not a Jedi Knight or that I burn junk mail to heat my home.
James A Ellis
THE latest cuts to the new sports centre have been made even before the foundations are laid with £900,000 off and no bowling for us elderly on Spring Grove Street.
It’s not enough that we have to suffer more noise, more pollution and only six hours respite between opening times.
But to quote Clrs Molly Watson, Nicola Turner and Ken Sims, we will hardly notice the difference.
Are we not entitled to a view like the three mentioned councillors who all who live in rural areas. Talk about double standards.
They’re supposed to be public servants.
We could get a proper democracy going, doing things they were voted into do.
I just hope our police and armed forces side with the people who pay their wages, not the dishonourable lot in Parliament.
They’re all guilty of wasting our hard earned money. We have a £4.3 trillion public debt.
We could save £52m a day if we got out of the European Union.
That would be the best cut of all.
Bus lane madness
I TOTALLY agree with Andy Blackburn in saying what a total waste of taxpayers money is going into expanding the bus lane on Penistone Road.
It is already queuing back to Lepton and Kirkburton from town centre. It makes me very angry when you see the inside bus lane hardly being used and the other right lane horrendous with stationary traffic.
Bridges save lives
IN response to your article (Dad calls for crossing after girl hit by car, February 10).
This saddens me to hear there is yet another person hit on our busy roads.
I suggest to the councillors that what we need/want is footbridges that can also be used by wheelchair users and pushchairs.
I have written about this before, but what they will reply to is “We haven’t the funds to put so many footbridges.”
All we need to do is put them on really busy roads near schools. Just get somebody out there to spot where these are and put this together to save lives.
Never mind saving money! Save people’s lives, it’s more important.
Already gone to pot
READING the story in the Examiner on February 21 about the thousands of people in Huddersfield looking forward to the Royal Wedding, disgruntled Allsops employee states that this country would go to pot without the monarchy. Sorry mate, but the country has already gone to pot.
You have the banks and New Labour to blame for that.
Our Queen must be having sleepless nights knowing they have brought Britain to its knees. Even the Germans never managed that.
The wedding is one day. Getting out of this is going to take the Government and taxpayers year to get HMS Britain afloat.
I WAS surprised to hear the news from other European countries that it was not our Prime Minister, David Cameron who first brought out the issue of multiculturalism.
It was mentioned by Kevin Rudd, the Australian Prime Minister of a country built on immigrants.
According to the news, he told the people of the new cultures that they have a full freedom but should not demand to change the culture and values of the rest of the Australian population, pointing out that the ones who cannot adapt themselves have full freedom to leave.
I would like to know if remarks like that are considered racial or not.
My much older brother who served in the British army during the war emigrated to Australia in 1946.
Big sum for big holes
THE Government is allocating £100m to fill potholes in.
Well, that’s Kirklees sorted. What about the rest of the country?
Need a new cinema
NOW that the building named Che Bar closed down last week and is back on the market, has no-one thought of converting it back to a cinema?
Our current cinema is way out of town and everyone hasn’t got a car. It is also placed in a dingy area in winter where many women would not like to walk on their own. I’m sure that a town centre cinema would pay, as it is convenient to all.
Despite the recession, the film industry is thriving. If people cannot afford a holiday then it would be a treat for families without breaking the bank.
A town the size of Huddersfield deserves a cinema centrally situated. Let’s not have yet another nightclub.
Saving our skins
YOUR correspondent writes of the high ideals for which we fought WWII.
As one who served from 1942-1946 I can only think veterans are declaring such principles with hindsight.
Although the horrors and barbaric treatment were not known to the general public, we were aware of the fact that the Nazis imprisoned Jews, trade unionists, anyone who spoke against the party line.
Hitler and his cohorts had arrogantly jackbooted their way through mainland Europe, looting and pillaging and it would only have been a matter of time before an invasion was attempted on our shores.
We were fortunate that the Commonwealth countries still regarded the UK as the mother country and gave practical support otherwise we would have fought alone until Hitler invaded Russia and made common cause with the Japanese.
Make no mistake. To put it boldly, we fought to save our skins.
Thanks for your help
I WOULD like to thank the two witnesses on Thursday regarding the lorry reversing into my car in Slaithwaite.
Thank you for staying with me and getting my husband from Shaws. I am recovering slowly.
From the Mazda 5 accident
Don’t be so dim
AFTER agreeing with everybody else’s comments on the condition of our roads – some good, some bad – I have my own little gripe.
The islands on Manchester Road near Marsden and the ones at Outlane in the middle of the road are not lit up.
They are a serious accident waiting to happen.
Come on Kirklees don’t be so dim!
Predicting good work
I AM glad that Paul Stevens has been given a regular spot in the Examiner with his talent for predicting the weather.
I often have a chat with Paul when I am in Salendine Nook about the weather and I find him very accurate.
As a cyclist I like to get myself prepared for the winds and the bad roads which I often face so Paul’s predictions give me an idea what to wear and which cycle I should use for my regular journeys.
The weather is usually a top on most people’s lips and it’s good to know what lies ahead.
Keep up the good work Paul.