MK Dons didn’t play to their usual ability in Saturday’s play-off semi-final, I will grant, but Town went with a game plan and they stuck to it.

How many times have we seen them take a two goal lead and then throw it away? Far too many!

I thought it was a clinical town performance and a deserved victory.

We can’t go to sleep now though – we still have to work hard and get a result at home.

The centre back pairing of Clarke and Morrison was immense. We must sign Morrison in the summer!

Rhodes and Novak did what they always do. Higginbotham and Tom Clarke both did extremely well when they came on and will give Simon Grayson something to think about for his team selection on Tuesday night.

Well played Town, I thought you were brilliant!

Town fan


Privatised energy firms

REGARDING the story of Steph Harrison who was shocked when E.ON picked the lock to enter her house on Whiteley Street in Milnsbridge to install a new meter after the previous tenants had run up arrears.

The biggest mistake Margaret Thatcher ever made was when she privatised all the utilities.

Such services should be in the public’s hands as these services keep body and soul together.

We cannot live without them.

We are looking for a referendum on our continued European Union membership and the British public should also be allowed a similar vote to returning the utilities businesses back to the public.

These services were never intended to be in the hands of private companies.

Whatever the cost, we should get them back even if we have to compulsorily purchase them.



No such thing as ADHD

PSYCHIATRIC researchers are continuing in their misguided ways to promulgate the profit-driven psychiatric label ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ (ADHD).

The latest scaremongering research claims that overdue babies – defined as those born at or after 42 weeks of pregnancy – are at higher risk of so-called ADHD. It is entirely misleading to suggest that those born late may be more likely to get this ‘disorder.’

It’s misleading for one reason. There are no scientific tests to support the existence of ADHD.

Based on a list of emotional and behavioural characteristics that have been assembled and labelled as a mental illness, ADHD is a figment of psychiatric imagination.

The American Psychiatric Association voted it into existence in 1987. It was a show of hands that saw ADHD enshrined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Whichever way you want to view that inclusion process, it’s definitely not scientific.

As for the diagnostic criteria, children and adolescents can easily be accused of having “difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities,” of “losing things necessary for tasks or activities,” of being “easily distracted by extraneous stimuli,” of having “difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly,” or of talking “excessively.”

But if he or she exhibits these behavioural characteristics, the child can be labelled with ADHD, opening up the prospect of being prescribed amphetamine-like drugs that do nothing more than chemically restrain him or her.

Regarding the drugs, figures from the NHS BSA showed that over 929,000 prescription items for ADHD drugs were written in England last year, costing just under £49m. That’s good business, but bad medicine.

Dr Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus, is uncompromising.

He said: “I have long maintained that the child psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous enemies, not only of children, but also of adults who care for the most precious and most vulnerable things in life, children and liberty.”

There are a lot of experts involved in the whole ADHD charade.

That abundance of expertise would perhaps be better utilised in finding the incontrovertible, scientific evidence to support the existence of ADHD.

If they found the evidence, then they could be called experts.

Brian Daniels

Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Reasons for low crowd

TO the lady who wrote in Mailbag complaining of the Giants poor attendance in the cup against Swinton – it is not hard to work out.

Most knew that the Giants would win easily so it was a one horse race. The unsociable kick-off times are also a big factor.

The Super League teams are far superior to the lower divisions, hence the huge winning margins they produce in the cup matches against them.

One way would be to give the lower clubs X amount of points start and then the top teams would have to battle hard to win.

Also more spectators might turn up instead of staying away to what is a forgone conclusion.

These lower teams do not start on a level playing field and experience humiliating defeats.

I know this suggestion would throw up many arguments so we will see the same clubs in the final year after year.



On another planet?

ON a visit to the Royal Armouries museum I was staggered to learn, after watching a mock gladiatorial exhibition, that the thumbs up sign we now see as a sign of approval did, in fact, mean the opposite and the Roman crowd actually wanted the losers dispatched to other places.

I was reminded of this when the ‘leader of the Aliens on Planet Kirklees’ said that the results of the election last week, when the majority of the population turned their backs and stayed at home rather than vote for anything on offer, meant that the public in general agreed with his views.

John Langford


Too many pupils

UNFORTUNATE as it is for Maria Moorhouse (Saturday’s Examiner) and her family that her son hasn’t been allocated a place at their two nearest schools, Mrs Moorhouse has hit the nail on the head when she stated: “The problem is there aren’t enough places to accommodate the increase in population.’’

It is a problem she herself is adding to.

Although I appreciate that children in the modern world deserve and expect an education for which I and you contribute, it should not be assumed that this education should take place at a school of your convenience.

S K Makin

Salendine Nook

Thanks from the heart

THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity.

We have been seeking support from your readers throughout April to join our hearty volunteer network in the area.

Your readers have been putting their hearts into volunteering in our local BHF shops, on the street raising money at collections and by organising events in the community.

We just couldn’t do our vital work without their support and that is why I am writing to thank them.

The BHF is dedicated to fighting heart and circulatory disease and supporting families affected with this debilitating disease.

We always look for new volunteers and we hope that more of your readers will feel inspired to join our life-saving charity.

We truly value the time you have to give and you can volunteer in whatever way you like.

The BHF has lots of different roles to suit the time people can give, from a few hours in a local furniture and electrical store to putting on a fundraising event.

Volunteers could even become campaigners and help to deliver better heart health services in their community.

Giving a hand to the BHF is easy and fun as well as being extremely rewarding and great for your wellbeing.

So why not be inspired by visiting and listen to why some our volunteers give us their valuable time.

Chrish Perera

Head of Volunteer Fundraising in the East Midlands and North of England