Letters, March 17, 2011

TO the lady (Freeviews, March 3) commenting on what her idea of poverty was, well all I can say in her day things were in pence and shillings. How patronising of you to knock poverty today. In most cases, it is a toss up between a minimum wage job or benefits with no real winner whichever one you choose, and many do not choose to be unemployed.

You can be an utterly nice person in rags or you can be an absolute plank in a suit. Just because I am unemployed at the moment, does not mean I do not try to dress smart, or at least try to be acceptable.

Whilst I am not a parent, I am tired of these small-minded snipes at the jobless who, for many varied reasons, find themselves in that situation.

People are losing their jobs all the time, so you go tell them they are work-shy. As for your day, well in your day, life was very much different. You could have a holiday, feed a family, and still get pie-eyed down the pub for a tenner, plus there were not the annoying Xbox and games consoles and endless new trainers and fashion accessories which every young kid (and sometimes the parents too) require as a life necessity. Times change and, yes, I agree not for the better, but change they do.

Chris Barber, Lawn Road, Doncaster

Don’t spend cash on mayor vote

SO the leader of the Labour Party in Doncaster, Sandra Holland, has put forward a motion to hold a referendum, on the future of the elected mayoral system. Ms Holland goes on to tell us that such a referendum would cost £150,000, but don’t panic, the Labour Party of Doncaster, will, in all their wisdom, use £125,000 from a council under-spend. Do we take it this money is money that was collected from the council tax payers of Doncaster?

Well if it is Ms Holland, what gives you and your councillor colleagues the right to assume that the public would want you to spend their cash in this way?

How different it is now that the Labour Party don’t have the whip hand, and the power of their own elected mayor.

May I suggest you, and the rest of the 63 councillors of Doncaster, all dip into your own bank accounts if you want a referendum, or why don’t you hold a referendum to see if we need your proposed referendum?

Wake up and take a look around you Ms Holland and company, at the state of our once Great Britain? The Great has gone, and with politicians of your calibre willing to squander residents hard earned cash on a whim, on a system your party once endorsed, it’s no wonder.

Hatfield Town Councillor, Mick Glynn, Doncaster Road, Hatfield.

I have respect for Nick Clegg

CAN everyone stop blaming Nick Clegg for the country’s economic woes? The person who should be held accountable is Gordon Brown.

In July 2010 the Office for National Statistics estimated that the UK’s national debt was £4 trillion. This equates to an eye watering £65,000 of debt for every man woman and child. Which government had just left office?

Yes, it was the Labour government. Thanks to his wild overspending we have been left with a truly horrendous amount of debt. If Nick Clegg had not agreed to become part of a coalition government with the Tories our country would have been plunged into even worse economic crisis.

For once we have a politician that has put the country before political gain for himself and his party. He should be applauded for his actions and not vilified.

Any vilification should be directed in Gordon Brown’s direction. Yes, Nick Clegg has changed some of his party’s policies but I would remind his detractors that he didn’t win the election. He has compromised.I have nothing but respect for Nick Clegg and only wish that more of our politicians were as honourable.

Mick Flynn, Fieldside, Edenthorpe

Looking for my relatives

I AM trying to contact my brother’s children to pass on some important information, Paul Davison and Carol Brown (nee Davison), please contact me on (01302) 700662 as soon as possible.

Mrs D Garrison, Rushymoor Lane, Askern.

Labour erodes workers’ rights

I AM writing this letter for the sole reason that I did not ever imagine that the day would arrive when the whole of Doncaster Council’s employees were led to the slaughter by the ruling Labour group.

The agenda on the right to appeal from dismissal, and other seriously accusations, in front of three elected members was totally and utterly rejected by the ruling group.

Why anyone now working for DMBC needs to be in a union is now a fallacy because of the shenanigans of these so-called leaders of democracy. What next?

I forecast in the next two years that the same people will reduce you to the level of what the public workers were working for in the late seventies/eighties, long hours with no overtime payments, not receiving proper payment for the job you do, sick pay and holidays eroded.

I could go on, it is making Thatcher’s attack on the local authorities in the eighties seem like a stroll in the park.

And why do the Labour group have a blind approach to everything that is happening around them and just accepting it as the done thing? When Doncaster had a Labour mayor the group attacked him on everything, since Mayor Davies has been at the helm them have never questioned one agenda item.

Yes Doncaster has, and had to change, but are this group bringing forward the death sentence for public service workers in Doncaster, I myself think so.

W R Wisbey, Carr Road, Edlington

We’re keen to see Katie

MY son was born with Goldenhar syndrome in 1991. Soon after he was born we travelled by train to meet Katie Queen in Doncaster who also was born with Goldenhar. We lost touch with her and her family some years ago, I have been unable to find their postal address.

I went on to set up the Goldenhar Support Group which became a registered charity http://www.goldenhar.org.uk we attend the annual family weekend each year which is in various parts of the UK. This year we are in Barnsley and it would be lovely to meet Katie again, as Barnsley is not that far away.

Nicola Woodgate, 9 Hartley Court Gardens, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3QY, Tel. 01580 714042 njnicola.woodgate@btinternet.com

Let’s all help those in Japan

IN hindsight, didn’t the Japanese government realise the implications of building nuclear power stations near to the sea? And in an earthquake zone and why with such knowledge didn’t the rest of the world warn the Japanese of doing so?

Haven’t they learnt anything from Chernobyl? The repercussions of this disaster will haunt us and further generations for decades.

Why isn’t the world giving the Japanese the help they need with food and shelter, and helping to evacuate the people of Japan? It’s as if everyone is stood back looking at what’s happening, They seem more interested in TV. No doubt the Japanese people will bounce back;they are proud people, but they can’t do it on their own.

Instead of talking about how we can help, why don’t governments get together and get an immediate response and get in there and help? It’s not talk they want, but action. Don’t think because you live a long way away that this won’t affect you, radioactivity knows no boundaries, and can travel vast distances.

We should all be very uneasy. Why then can’t the United Nations set up international rescue teams, Let’s not forget this catastrophe could affect any one of these countries, but then I forgot they are just there to talk.

John Stubbs, Hawksley Close, Armthorpe

Memories of the Bentley bombs

I HAVE read with interest about the bombings in Doncaster and Balby (DFP Nostalgia). However, I feel that the Bentley people are missing out on such an important matter.

I remember the bomb falling between Royston Ave and West End Ave. I lived with my parents and baby twin sisters at number 32 West End Ave, Bentley.

I was four or five years of age, I believe that it was a Saturday evening and we were sat down to tea when suddenly the whole floor seemed to lift up then all the lights went out.

When dad managed to find a torch and we were able to look around the house it was total devastation, windows blown out, doors hanging off their hinges.

My twin sisters were about 18 months old and had been laying in their cots near a window, they were showered with glass but unhurt.

The next morning as we exited the air raid shelter, I can remember looking down our street and seeing lots of house roofs with holes in them plus lots of rubbish along the length of the road.

We never went back to live in that house. We went to live at my step grandfather’s house in The Homestead,until we got a council house in Arksey.

I believe that 13 people died in that bombing, there is a memorial to them in the Arksey Cemetery.

I will be 75 years of age next month, my sisters still live in Bentley.

Re the damaged shops in Station Road, I do remember seeing them.

I now live in Perth Western Australia and can be contacted on Email: peterjoy@tpg.com.au or Telephone/Fax 61 8 93425461.

Peter J Keedy, Perth, Australia

Chase a banana and raise money

HAVE any of your readers ever wanted to chase a giant banana around a park to raise money for cancer prevention?

That is exactly the scenario World Cancer Research Fund is offering people willing to accept its Beat the Banana! challenge and organise an event in their neighbourhood.

Anyone can enjoy a fun summer event for all the community while raising money for vital cancer research and education projects.

To organise your own Beat the Banana! call 020 7343 4205 or visit www.beatthebanana.org/own

Sian Fraser, Events Fundraiser, WCRF

UK prescription equality

ONCE again the English are left to subsidise Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our medication increases by another 20p, while our prescription drugs cost £7.40 per item, the Scottish, Welsh and people of Northern Ireland get theirs free.

Could this be a case for the famous equality and human rights commission?

For some ill people this works out more expensive than the female/male car insurance. Does equality only count when the boot is on the other foot or are other UK areas exempt from the same equality rules?

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster