IN PRAISE of our NHS, I can’t thank the ambulance service enough.

My husband suffered a collapse at home and within minutes of calling 999 I had help – first on the line from the operator, quickly followed by the first response young lady, who monitored his condition until the emergency ambulance arrived shortly afterwards.

Thank you all for the wonderful service you are providing for the people of this town, under what must be very difficult circumstances considering the state of our roads.



Rerouted by sat nav

I’M not at all surprised at the reference to the response times of Kirklees ambulances (Examiner, June 25).

When mum needed to go to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary the visiting doctor called for an ambulance.

Mum lived round the corner from the station in Honley, so we were amazed when the driver said they’d come from Wakefield – no wonder it took ages.

The driver didn’t know the area and I ended up sitting in the front as the sat nav wasn’t taking us to HRI at all (turning right too soon up Scar Lane at Lockwood) when it meant turn right at the traffic lights further along.

I dread to think how long the journey would have taken if I hadn’t been there.


Berry Brow

Vital statistics

THERE are statistics and statistics and I am proof of one of the positive ones.

The fact is, I am alive today thanks to my wife and an ambulance response of under 10 minutes plus a successful operation at Leeds General Infirmary.



Back to reality

SOME people in the public sector still don’t get it, do they?

The job they have been doing was not a job really, it was something made up by the last government. Labour spent 13 years squandering money we did not have, on things we did not need, and all we are doing now is going back to reality.

These jobs would be missed by no-one. It’s a hard pill to swallow but swallow it they must.

Peter K Garside


Public v private

MICHAEL Hutchinson (Mailbag, July 1) berates the people who have criticised the pay of the new Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, calling some of the criticism ‘synthetic’.

He then goes on to compare the private sector with the public sector. I think Mr Hutchinson has missed the point.

The public sector do not generate any income for the country. They spend it as fast as they get it.

The private sector generates the income, employment etc and create the wealth of the country. People who work in the private sector should be paid more for what they do.

No one in the public sector should be paid more than the Prime Minister and not in excess of £100,000. Ah! I hear him say, then you won’t attract the right kind of person for the job. Tosh, I reply.

There will always be quality people who will take the top job no matter what the price and remember if the public sector were a private business, they would have been bankrupt years ago.



Is it all talk?

IT has been reported that one of this country’s most senior judges has warned the European Human Rights courts not to interfere with British justice, which is certainly not before time.

It appears the French head of the Strasbourg court condemned the Government for considering repealing the Human Rights Act replacing it with a British bill of rights.

He has said that returning the court to British rule is a bad idea.

David Cameron made a pledge that he would repeal this Human Rights Act.

Then he backed down, and didn’t have the bottle to go through with it. This Con-LibDem Government might not work as well as people expect regarding certain issues.

The bonuses for fat cats at the top will probably stay. The hardest hit as usual will be the people who have worked and saved, while paying their dues, all their lives.

It will be very interesting to see for all the talk, talk what will work.



Coalition hopes

I READ with disbelief Clr Mehboob’s comments about the Con-Lib coalition. A few historical facts may clarify the situation.

In 1931 crises caused by Labour resulted in Labour out of office for 14 years. In 1951 crises caused by Labour, Labour out of office for 13 years. In 1979 crises caused by Labour, Labour out of office for 18 years.

It is good of him to admit so many public sector jobs have been created so that now one third of Kirklees jobs are public sector jobs. Labour are bad news. The coalition is needed.

jerry condon


Returning to golf

AFTER not playing golf at Bradley park for about 20 years, my golf partner and I took a chance to play on the buy one get one free basis, with a token from the weekly Huddersfield Examiner.

The pro-shop, driving range and the buggy were in pristine condition and very clean.

We went to the first tee on allotted time and started spot on time.

After playing a few holes it was clear to see that the course was in immaculate condition in every way.

We also noted that the holes at Bradley Park from tee to green, were like playing golf in a landscape painting on every hole, truly a course with good management and pride in their work.

I would say it’s the best run course in the Huddersfield area.

Well done to Parnell Riley, Jamie Coverley, Jack and staff, also to Kirklees and their ground staff.

two older members taught at bradley park

Good night out

I HAD a lovely Saturday early evening treat. My daughter-in-law Sharon took me to watch King James’s School prom all assembled outside Cedar Court.

My grandson Luke was among all the smart young men in their tuxedos and the girls in their beautiful dresses. He went in an American police car with three other pals, and there were a few limos about as well. I really enjoyed it.



Very repealing

I SEE that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants to know which laws should be repealed.

Well, the candidates are many, but one is more important than all others put together – and then some!

The 1972 European Communities Act. I would wager many pounds to a penny that this piece of much needed common sense will (of course) be considered ‘strictly off limits’ by the ConDems, just as it was with Labour before them.

New government – no change!

David Asher


Society’s to blame

WHAT Justice Secretary Ken Clarke seems to be ignoring (in his bid to reduce prison populations) is the fact that before a petty criminal is sent to prison, they will typically have been convicted many times over.

So it is not the prison sentence that is failing them in the first instance, it is the very same community sentence he’s pinning his hopes on that has failed many times before the criminal is sent to prison.

Don’t blame me – I voted UKIP.

L G Arnott (Retired JP)