THE Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that the expenditure the government has incurred in rescuing Northern Rock is to “safe-guard” the British tax-payer.

A few months ago he and his government (elected on a minority vote) committed the country to an expenditure of at least £25 billion to renew the Trident nuclear weapons. In making such huge expenditure on weapons of war one wonders whether he had any thoughts of “safe-guarding” the British tax-payer. It amounts to gross inconsistency and lots of humbug!

He and his government are deluded if they think that this policy does anything to “safe-guard” the peace of the world. In 1986 Mrs Thatcher announced publicly that she was quite prepared “to press the nuclear button”. Blair is reported to have “admired” her and it appears that Brown is following on.

The British press appears to accept the idea that there is no evil which governments are not permitted to inflict. This is partly because the British press (with few exceptions) has no consistent morality of its own.



Tasty twist on pobs

DO you remember pobs? (Mailbag, February 16).

We remember pobs very well. My mother always made pobs when we were poorly or had an upset tummy.

Her recipe was a little different, but very tasty!

We pour hot milk over bread pieces with added sugar, then we put in a knob of butter or margarine, then top with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Delicious!

My daughter who turns 40 years old this year, still makes pobs when she is ill using this recipe learned from her grandma.

mrs r weatherby


Boating memories

THE photograph you had in the Examiner, February 19, was the paddling pool in Greenhead Park. I think it is still there. The lake you mentioned was near the bandstand, where there is now a large area of grass.

I have a photo taken before World War II of me and my grandmother in a boat on this lake. There were two islands in the middle of the lake and a shelter about half-way round, just below where a statue or fountain used to be, near the children’s playground.

The boats disappeared during the war and the lake had ducks on it and tiddlers in it. It later became full of leaves and detritus and was filled in probably during the late 50s early 60s.



Threat to the buses?

THE two mini buses that circle our town to help the public to reach their destination are the best help Kirklees have come up with and people find this service fantastic.

But, having said that, I do think most young teenagers should not be allowed on these buses for the simple reason they are taking advantage of free rides and just riding around for the joy of it, especially during holidays.

These young people are usually in small groups, and I am sure they make it a nightmare for the driver.

If nothing is done to stop these youngsters from joy riding, it’s possible we could see an end to the two town buses.

h barrowclough


A different person

WITH reference to your letter from ‘Sufferer’ (Saturday, February 16) regarding mental depression. I wonder if Sufferer has tried St John’s Wort tablets, which are a traditional herbal remedy.

My husband has suffered from depression for many years and he is a different person after taking them. They do not work overnight but with a few weeks’ perseverance I feel sure anybody taking them will experience a change for the better.



Medical advice should be sought before using herbal remedies – editor