I FEEL motivated to wrote on the subject of the council leadership. I feel it is important to bring clarity on this matter and will unfortunately have to contradict the misleading statements made by others.
The Green and Independents have eight councillors, the Lib Dem group has 10 councillors, the Tories group has 18 councillors and Labour are 32 strong.
Since the opening of the new high school in Birkenshaw the Lib Dems would never support the Tories to run the council.
Simple arithmetic shows that the combined Tory/Independent and Green votes would still not be enough to stop Labour from taking leadership of the council. So there would be no point in the Tories challenging for leadership of the council.
The future of libraries and abolition of the local development plan are red herrings.
Earlier this year the Independent and Green councillors did not attempt to amend the budget for libraries and in 2011 they voted with Labour and the Lib Dems on the local development plan.
For the past three years, the Independent and Green councillors have voted for a Labour leader.
So why did these councillors change their positions in 2012?
Quite simply because Labour did not agree with unreasonable demands from the Independents and Green Councillors to take council positions from the Tories and hand these influential and remunerated roles to the smallest group on the council.
Now that I have honestly explained the situation, it would be good if all parties would for the public interest, now put this issue behind us and work together to safeguard essential services, create jobs, opportunity and wealth for local people.
Clr Mohan Sokhal
Labour Group Business Manager & Labour Councillor
Flagging up an issue
I WOULD just like to tell you that after coming home to Huddersfield from Devon I was astounded by the lack of flags and bunting in this area particularly Clayton West, Scissett and Skelmanthorpe.
I was even more shocked that when passing the council offices in Skelmanthorpe there stood in pride of place a flag pole minus the flag.
I thought it might have flown off but family members assure me there hasn’t been one there for an age.
I just want to let the council here in Kirklees that I think it is an utter disgrace that their offices have no flag on them.
Back home in Devon, it is very patriotic and all council buildings have there flags flying high and proud.
Kirklees should hang there heads in shame.
WHETHER one agrees with Mr Bill Armer’s letters or not, they are usually erudite and well argued.
However, his letter (Examiner, June 4) arguing that the monarchy somehow protects democracy is both illogical and emotive and we can only assume that the normally level-headed Mr Armer has been carried away by Jubilee fever.
Monarchy, constitutional as well as absolutist, is totally incompatible with true democracy.
It is inherently wrong that reverence should be accorded to any individual, or family, for no other reason than an accident of birth.
It is also wrong that wealth and power, acquired by dubious and immoral means, should be concentrated in the hands of a succession of flawed human beings who have done nothing to deserve it.
The limited democracy that we enjoy has had to be wrenched from the monarchists by ordinary people at an immense cost to those executed, gaoled and transported in the process.
The Queen may be a very nice person. I don’t know what she is like as a human being, nor do most of the sycophantic pundits who comment on the monarchy. But this is irrelevant.
It is the monarchy as an institution that is bad and undemocratic. Even with its limited powers, the monarchy could be used by the state to abrogate those democratic freedoms that we have.
In psychological terms there is no difference between the current Jubilee celebrations and the Nazi Nuremburg rallies.
They are both designed to whip up mass hysteria and induce people to think as part of crowd, not as individuals.
They are both designed to encourage people to flock behind a leader like sheep without considering the wider social issues.
You can only have true democracy if you have a conscious and aware electorate who understand the issues before them.
A political system which encourages and perpetuates the herd instinct is incompatible with democracy.
Real democracy, that is the rule of the people, can only be achieved when individuals become aware of their own abilities and cast aside all leaders – monarchs, presidents, prime ministers, ayatollahs, messiahs, commissars – and take the future into their own hands.
REPUBLICANS, or those whose views are that the monarchy is generally not a good thing for Britain, are in a minority.
At the last count according to surveys this number was about 22%. Some have railed against the flummery, remoteness of the royals from the general population and expense to the economy, in contrast to what is for many the grim reality of cuts, recession and unemployment with which ordinary folk have to contend on a daily basis.
They point out that the 1% or so of the population comprising the super-rich and over-privileged carry on as normal.
The rest of us republicans have wearily accepted the majority view, as is right and proper in a democracy.
Most of us do not begrudge the Queen the respect she has earned over the years by her hard work and dedication.
We have accepted with quiet resignation the bombardment of parties, parades, broadcasts, concerts, press photos and stories that have defied even the most determined attempts to escape, short of retreat to a faraway location.
We accept that the majority have not minded, enjoyed or even revelled in the experience, as did the Romans when emperors graciously kept most of them content with bread and circuses.
But please, now that the main events are over, do you think we could call it a day?
I say we are a minority, but one-fifth of the population is still a sizeable chunk of opinion.
It rose to getting on for 50% at the time of Princess Diana’s death.
Also, I have no idea how representative the Examiner’s voting feature is, but some 65% responded that they would not be celebrating the jubilee and 70% said that the jubilee celebrations had not been a positive experience for Huddersfield, so the joy is not universal.
I am an amateur musician, and having turned down one jubilee-celebrating gig in June on principle, I now find to my horror that another one as late as November has been billed as such!
As republicans we can quietly live in hope, be patient, and await events as the monarchy proceeds to its next phase.
For now, at least for the rest of the year, is it too much to ask: ‘Give us a break?’
Enriched by Jubilee
I WONDERED how long it would be for bogus software driven GCSE economics to raise its head over the Jubilee.
Economics is not about extrapolating numbers, that’s what got the country into the mess it is in, it is about human action.
The link between GDP and the public sector is, and always has been, almost entirely bogus. A clerical bureaucrat who did not work yesterday cost the country nothing because he creates nothing.
One might argue government bureaucrats impede wealth creation so the economy in the last few days spiked up.
The private sector worker, the creator of wealth, will make up his time in the coming months if indeed he or she had not worked up ahead to enjoy the parties.
The manufacturing base has already taken off in the line of celebratory production and not just at the bottom end of the market.
The anniversary also allowed us to put down a marker to the Commonwealth much beloved of her Majesty and so betrayed by Edward Heath in the 70s. She was right all along wasn’t she? That is where the real GDP and demographic growth is to be found.
Importantly it gave a demonstration to the world of political stability, a faith in a constitutional monarchy beyond anyone’s imagination. No, this Jubilee has cost us nothing but enriched us all indeed.
UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire