I WAS visited by some friends who live in Lindley.
They expressed their fear of the young gangs in that area terrorising the elderly people and vandalising their property and gardens, especially at night at the weekends.
They say the police are aware, but are unable to do anything about it unless they actually catch them in the act of criminal damage which is stark comfort to those residents who have to put up with this constant fear.
It all went wrong when discipline stopped in the home, in the schools, and in the workplace. We are told not to smack our children and teachers are not allowed to physically punish or shout at children in school.
In the workplace, a telling-off usually ends up in a tribunal for abuse and seeking compensation for damages.
When I was at school teachers were the authority to be obeyed.
I was caned and wacked on my bottom with my gym shoe if I misbehaved, but it was accepted as your punishment and one didn’t step out of line too often as that was the deterrent.
Yes, my parents slapped us and shouted at us as children if we stepped out of line but, they didn't beat us up, and if I was late for work or did something wrong I expected a telling off and that was the deterrent. We need those things so you knew not to cross that line.
In today’s society, young kids do not have any boundaries, no discipline, no respect, no punishments, so they don’t know where to draw the line.
Some young kids – including some young teenagers – know they are untouchable by the law. They know a police officer cannot physically touch them as this would be deemed an assault on a child.
The same goes for a good telling off as this also would be seen as verbal abuse. So the hands of the police are tied and this is why our communities today have gangs of marauding kids causing damage and abuse to residents, knowing that retaliation would be seen by the law as child abuse and the parents of these feral kids are just as guilty – some do not even care where their kids are or what they get up to and it is they who should be held responsible, and punished.
The frustrating thing for me is there is no-one who actually listens to the concerns of the elderly as they are seen as moaning old biddies, but it is that generation who were brought up with decency, having respect for others and their property.
It was those who worked hard to build good safe communities with a respect for law and order.
So where did it all go wrong?
Sacrifice in ‘real world’
HOW DARE Gordon Brown use the word “sacrifice” in relation to MPs and ministers foregoing a pay rise this year!
This utterance was on Adam Boulton on his Sunday morning interview. It may be a ‘sacrifice’ within the unreal world of the House of Commons and Porcullis House, but the real sacrifice is being made in the lives of ordinary people with the loss of jobs, their only home and future pensions.
You may be impressive on the world stage Prime Minister, but not to home folks!
Press Officer, Huddersfield & District Pensioners
Big thanks from the Bullas
PEGGY and Harold Bullas would like to thank their family and friends for the generous donations given, instead of presents, at their celebrations.
The total raised was £500 to be divided between HRI Breast Clinic Fund, Macmillan nurse and Osteoporosis. They are very much appreciated by the charities.
P H J Bullas
Players close to fans
FARTOWN supporters Denny Little and Gordon Leng – supported by their offspring – arrived early at Twickenham for the Rugby League Cup tie against Harlequins.
Elsewhere in the Examiner I am sure the match was reported in detail, but two bursts of speed from New Zealander Paul Whatuira to score two magnificent tries which brought the visiting supporters to their feet showed their class over the Londoners.
But but best bit came at the final hooter when every Fartown player ran to the touchline to shake hands with their travelling supporters. One could see the joy in their eyes.I wish football could bring out the same celebrations and behaviour. Women drinking pints, no aggro, the few policeman at this game reported not one ounce of bad behaviour. Magnificent.
A Giant atmosphere
I ALWAYS look forward to reading Chris Roberts’ informative news and match reports, but for once I have to disagree with one of his comments, specifically on the lack of atmosphere at Saturday’s match against the Harlequins.
True, the home support was very thin and almost inaudible, but the Giants fans came in numbers and created a superb occasion. After Wigan, this was another great performance by both team and supporters. Magic!
Need for new MP
I AGREE totally with Brian Moore’s recent letter relating to an effective parliamentary representative in the Colne Valley.
It was interesting to read in a recent Examiner article that Kali Mountford has had to take on a fourth part-time helper because of her inability to perform her constituency duties due to her disability.
She claimed over £160,000 in expenses on top of her salary.
Surely if this help is needed so much, why doesn’t she do the honourable action and resign and let’s have a full-time MP to properly represent the Colne Valley.
Horse death tragedies
ON the way home from Saturday’s demonstration against the Grand National I received the depressing news that yet another horse had been killed at this year’s Grand National meeting at Aintree, bringing the death toll to five.
Why is it that there is so little mention of the fatalities and so much written about the winners?
Thursday’s racing killed the famous thoroughbred, Exotic Dancer, who suffered a fatal heart attack back at the stables. Receiving far less coverage was the death of lowly-ranked Mel in Blue, who broke his neck. Denman, with his history of heart problems, looked as if he had come to grief, but thankfully survived.
Two more horses were killed on Friday. Moscow Catch died after a heavy fall that appeared to break his neck and Lilla Sophia – who was only four-years-old and had raced only three times before – was destroyed after breaking a leg.
Saturday’s overcrowded Grand National race had the predictable sequence of horrific falls and accidents as horses hurtled round the course at break-neck speed and were forced to confront massive and dangerous obstacles.
Just 17 of the 40 thoroughbreds finished the race.
Hear The Echo collapsed in the run-in and – despite oxygen being administered – he died. Butler’s Cabin also collapsed and required oxygen. At several other races in his career, he had to be revived in this way.
One has to wonder why horses who have previous medical conditions such as Denman and Butler’s Cabin are still deemed fit to race? Why are they pushed and pushed, patched-up and raced again?
Even racing’s regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority, has failed to produce any meaningful data on thoroughbred deaths when pressed to do so.
Instead, it is left to Animal Aid’s Race Horse Deathwatch online database to record and make public each and every death of a race horse on Britain’s 60 racecourses.
Animal Aid will continue to campaign on behalf of all race horses by taking to task an industry that is motivated by profit and that literally races horses to death.
Campaigner from Animal Aid
Keep eye on the ball
WE are now into the final week of the Keep Your Eye On The Ball ‘Focus Fortnight’ (March 30 to April 12) which aims to get football fans thinking about their testicles and the importance of checking for any unusual lumps or bumps.
The fortnight is run by Everyman, the UK’s leading male cancer campaign in partnership with The FA and The PFA.
This year I lent my support by appearing in an advert which showcases my unique ‘ball skills.’
If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch it by simply logging on to www.keepyoureyeontheball.org
It’s a fun way to shed light on a very serious issue because if blokes check themselves regularly and catch testicular cancer early, there is a 99% chance of survival.
So, lads, don’t be scared – do something.
And ladies, help your man out. Watch out for our adverts in football stadiums across the country and don’t forget to Keep Your Eye on the Ball all year round!
Ex Premiership star