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Playground Antics

Posted in Letters to Newspapers, Unpublished with tags on July 9, 2009 by wagstaffe

In reply to Mr. Humphry (3/7), on a basic level we all want to live in a safe and secure environment and to enjoy life. If we start by excluding others who are deemed to be different by skin colour or religious beliefs, for example, we become divisive and create conflict and hostility.

I respect anyone who gets off their backsides and sets out to make the place a little bit better, even if I disagree with their ideas. Pooling the talents of everyone out there is the way forward, not excluding groups based on skin colour or any other differences. Excluding others simply on skin colour belongs in the playground and should not become an adult theme in politics. Perhaps the Observer could run an article on the Jane Elliot “Blue eyed Brown eyed” experiment that shows how ridiculous our prejudices can be towards other people who are deemed “different” and how they felt after their experiences of prejudice.

My letter merely vented my anger and frustration of our politicians and media that has created the type of voter apathy that allows for results that we got. I do not condone the actions of protesters against Mr. Griffin,  I would much prefer debate.

The problems that we are experiencing in our economy is a result of the economic model not immigration or benefit cheats like some of the media would have us believe.



Posted in Letters to Newspapers with tags , , on June 8, 2009 by wagstaffe


I started my weekend listening on the radio to some of the last surviving D Day war veterans’ recollections. I woke up on Monday to find a couple of Nazi sympathizers had been voted to represent the UK in Europe. For those idle ignoramuses that voted for the BNP, you could at least have had the decency to wait for the passing of these last surviving veterans.

I blame the amoral politicians and the newspapers, who’s proprietors, have great influence in these waters who neither pay taxes or even claim to live in this country of ours.

It is time now to make voting compulsory and have some proper representation of the people rather than these power hungry scavengers we call MP’s.

Bus Lane

Posted in Letters to Newspapers, Published with tags on June 5, 2009 by wagstaffe

I wasn’t aware that the County Council employed someone to look at the future of Public Transport. I can tell them, for nothing, that in a few years time there will be total gridlock. Bus lanes and congestion charges are just futile ideas to put off the inevitable gridlock.

Depending on whose figures you look at, every adult in the country will owe £32,000 each in bailing out the banks in the next couple of years, more money than any previous Governments put together, get the picture, a lot of money. Oh, I forgot to mention, there will be nothing, absolutely nothing to show for all the money we are borrowing. So, I propose that we borrow a little bit more and provide a world class transport system free to everyone, after all we’re not to a few more billion. Hard economics will get people out of 2nd cars, reduce congestion and, more importantly, our carbon footprints. You only need to go on some of the private bus company websites to see them spouting about the effect of using buses to reduce our carbon footprints. At least we could show something for our money.

You can understand why “free public transport” isn’t on any of the major political parties agendas when you think of who does benefit from this poorly planned transport system of ours.

The Government take billions in fuel tax, local councils charge for parking and make additional money from parking enforcements. Police make money from speed cameras, car manufacturers want to sell more cars and the Supermarkets want you to drive out of town to shop. So sod the planet and the people, there’s money to be made from a poorly planned infrastructure.

Gt. Harwood Town Council

Posted in Letters to Newspapers, Published with tags on June 5, 2009 by wagstaffe

Voter apathy does not equate to “people seem very happy with services provided” ( Leaders Viewpoint, 30/1/09), regarding the low turnout for the Gt. Harwood Town Council idea. You’ll never get 100% participation, so you have to go off the number of people who were interested for or against the idea. Although it was a narrow margin, according to the figures, the majority voted for a Town Council.   The idea of getting people who win a popularity contest in a ward to run things sounds ridiculous, but its true. We’d be better off with a raffle