I THOUGHT that the comments of the Conservative Candidate for Holme Valley North in Barry Gibson’s review of the election contest (April 27), very revealing of a party-political mentality.
She found it incomprehensible that the various Independent councillors can work together, yet think differently on one or two issues.
This is precisely the problem with much of politics today. We have too many elected representatives who do not look to their communities and electors, but see themselves as obedient servants of the will of their Party – an infallible and all-powerful Big Brother.
In contrast, by their nature, Independents, are yes, ... independent!
As Charles Greaves, the Independent candidate for Holme Valley North has stated, we look at the issue itself, not which political party raised it.
All too often political parties reject issues merely because their opponents originated it, not because of the policies’ merits or de-merits.
Respecting different points of view and democratic debate is the method Independents use to reach consensus or agree difference. They do not slavishly follow the party line.
There are, of course, exceptions to this among some party politicians.
The Conservative MP Jason McCartney is a good local example. On several occasions he has been prepared to vote against his party whip, based on his own moral compass or what he feels represent his constituents.
Clr Edgar Holroyd-Doveton
(Independent, Holme Valley North)
My car’s a vital lifeline
IN ANSWER to Martin Fletcher from Emley – you are obviously not as disabled as I am as you seem to get about more than I can.
I can’t use public transport at all and I can’t walk very far either.
I do not use plastic money and I don’t like direct debit.
So whether my pension is at the Post Office or the bank, I would have to collect it as I do not use the hole in the wall either.
I also pay my council tax, electric and gas bills at the Post Office.
I go to my doctors and the hospital for blood tests probably more than you do Martin and I am aware that I could have my 20-odd pills a day delivered too.
But – and it’s a big but Martin – you seem to have missed the main part of my letter. I need to do all these things myself for as long as I can, not sit within four walls all day and get depressed.
My car is a lifeline to me Martin. Many of the old ways are still the best.
I just hope you never have the 10 medical conditions that I have and need 20-plus pills a day to keep you alive.
I WOULD like to publicly thank the Royal Mail on their service to the public.
My mail was delivered at 5.35pm the other evening. This is not first, second or even third class delivery.
It is outrageous that prices are increasing (again) while service is being lowered.
Are the posties now working evening shifts?
It is time the Royal was dropped from Royal Mail and replaced by Rip-off Mail.
Still, this is what we now expect from public services – third rate delivery from all.
Hard Up and Fed Up
No political assumptions
CONSERVATIVE Party candidates for the Colne Valley or anywhere else for that matter should not assume that those who defend the less fortunate in society against those who believe in greed and grabbing are automatically members of the Labour Party. Wrong.
Question. Whose government was it that reduced the higher rate of tax to 40% in the first place and by the way Tony Blair and ‘New Labour’ were Conservative in all things but name.
Give youth a chance
WITH nearly one million young people unemployed nationally – a tragic record – should Kirklees Council encourage even more of its older staff to retire early so as to be able to replace them with younger staff, if possible without breaking the law – and seek to have an equal number of each in schools and other council services?
My Freedom of Information request below disclosed that Kirklees Council – the biggest local employer – has more than three times as many older staff (55 and over) as younger staff (under 25) – 3,145 compared with 891.
An equal number of each would imply replacing 1,000-plus older staff with 1,000-plus new younger staff.
Kenn Winter BScEcon
Chase up the taxes
IT’S official that Britain is back in recession.
This double dip recession has been caused by the disastrous policies of the coalition government which are wedded to the mantra ‘austerity, austerity and more austerity.’ Permanent austerity will condemn the British people to a huge amount of suffering as the welfare state and essential services go into crisis and decline.
Of course, there is an alternative to the politics of austerity which are being carried out at the behest of the very people who caused the financial crisis in 2007-8.
Research by the Tax Justice Network reveals the UK’s tax gap at a whopping £120 billion!
This breaks down as £70 billion for tax evasion, £25 billion for tax avoidance and £25 billion a year for tax paid late.
If this tax evasion by the super rich was dealt with then there would be no need to condemn millions of people to unemployment, poverty and declining public services.
Several points to make
WITH reference to Alan Knight’s letter there are several points I would like to make.
1 Kirklees was set up by the Conservatives and since any changes would need new legislation this is unlikely to happen. The current local government obsession of the Government is to have elected Mayors with extra powers rather than going back to smaller more manageable authorities.
2 The Coalition Government’s housing policy is to encourage the building of more new houses and they want local authorities to complete Local Plans as soon as possible.
3 Kirklees has about 160,000 properties and the dispute about numbers is about plus or minus two and a half percent of the present stock over 16 years. Or to put it another way it is about having an extra 11 houses per ward per year. The other thing to remember is that it is a plan not a legal limit on the number of houses being built.
4 The people who will occupy these houses are probably now in their teens so there will already be provision for public services for them.
Air raid shelter history
I’M an architect researching public air raid shelters (including workplace and institutional ones) and underground bunkers nationally but have had problems finding surviving sites in Huddersfield.
I’d be grateful for any help from your readers on sites that they know about.
I became fascinated (my wife would say obsessed) by them when carrying out some conservation work on a site that included them.
Each one has its own story to tell once you are able to read the clues and they’ve invariably also had a post-war life of abandonment, sealing, partial collapse and vandalism.
They are usually very dirty, wet and of course dark, and if you don’t enjoy the film Arachnophobia they are probably places to avoid. But I find them the most moving and eloquent of the survivals from the Second World War (and occasionally First World War) covering some of the lowest and highest points in people’s lives at the time.
I’d also be very interested to hear of any experiences readers had of either taking shelter during the war or playing in the abandoned shelters after the war.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Mark
I WOULD like to thank Mark Cox, the young man working at Sainsbury’s on Market Street for going out of his way to give me my change which I left from a previous visit in the self service.
He recognised me by my low vision glasses I have to wear after eye surgery.
Such an action restores faith in humanity.
Wonderful HRI staff
MY HUSBAND was recently admitted to Ward 5 at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
We cannot praise the staff enough for their care and kindness. We felt totally reassured when leaving him in their hands, knowing he would be well looked after.