Charity begins here at home not in Syria

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From: Jack Brown, Lamb Lane, Monk Bretton, Barnsley.

HERE we go again (Yorkshire Post, May 28). William Hague hitches the international community (IC) to the interventionist war wagon on behalf of Syrians.

Meanwhile, the Balkans are even more divided than before IC intervention; Libya’s tribal factions glare at each other across stockpiles of IC weapons; Afghan females live in dread of the treacherous betrayal of IC trust; Egyptians have a choice of President from politicians who defy IC mythology.

I was in Karachi in 1956. In Royal Navy uniform, I safely travelled with Muslim black marketeers into the foothills to change sterling into rupees. It was part of a voyage that took me around the dying Empire which, with the Commonwealth, is as near to an IC as there has ever been. Nationalism made us relinquish the Empire and realistic nations like most of the Commonwealth are not blind to the UN sawdust hiding the blood on the floor of the IC’s gladiatorial arena.

It is hard to guess what is the political motivation of IC spin doctors, but as sure as they are creating unpredictable chaos throughout the world, it has more to do with oil, consultancy and security pocket lining, and disruption of Islam than it has with sentimental sympathy which is as alien to Western politicians as charity to banks. It’s time we said enough is enough and spent the billions on our own poor and suffering.

Fishing for small victories

From: Godfrey Bloom, Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, Main Street, Wressle, Selby.

WINNING a war usually involves many battles but each victory, however small, makes a difference towards the eventual outcome.

Such a small victory was scored by Ukip in Strasbourg in our fight for freedom during the parliamentary session there last week. When it comes to voting Ukip rarely wins, which is not surprising as we are anti-EU and its interfering fingers in our national pie.

But an important paragraph of a report, entitled “On a resource-efficient Europe” which calls for total EU control of land, water, carbon footprint, material footprint, etc, in the interests of “sustainable development”, was the subject of a separate vote from the main report.

This paragraph reads “urges the Commission also to calculate and disclose the costs of the environmental damage arising as a consequence of the EU’s agriculture and fisheries policies”.

A very sensible move which Ukip voted for and was carried by 312 in favour, 287 against and 12 abstentions.

Readers may be interested to know that the Conservatives voted against holding the Commission to account for the eco-vandalism of their expensive policies. The same Tories who spout one thing over here but vote differently over there.

Our success reminds me of the fisheries vote we won late last year, preventing a subsidy of 38 million euros to the Moroccan government for EU permission to fish in their waters – which would do to their fish stocks what have been done to Britain’s.

As I say, small battles in the overall war, but gratifying nonetheless as we continue marching to eventual victory.

A question of convictions

From: Michael Green, Baghill Green, Tingley, Wakefield.

EVERYBODY is up in arms about the decision of the European Court of Human Rights which requires the UK to give voting rights to prisoners. What right, they ask, has the Court to override the will of Parliament (Yorkshire Post, May 23)?

Well, let us imagine that Parliament were to decide to order that all members of a particular ethnic group be rounded up and killed. Would we argue that it was the sovereign will of Parliament, and therefore the court should not intervene?

It was, after all, a horrific decision like that which laid the foundation for the European Convention on Human Rights in the first place.

No. The real question for the Court is, why do they see the temporary suspension of voting rights for convicted prisoners as so appalling that it should be put in the same category as genocide? I think they have a duty to tell us. But I bet they won’t.

Thank you for the push

From: Mrs Pauline Gadsby-Peet, Sutton Court, Beech Street, Bingley.

MAY I, through your letters page, publicly thank Bob and Paula Howe for helping me on Saturday.

While approaching Myrtle Park on my disabled buggy, it suddenly went dead and would not move an inch in any direction. These two amazing people and their three delightful children pushed me – and I’m no lightweight – to my flat in Sutton Court.

When all you hear is how awful people are, we should remember that this is certainly not the case for everyone. When they reached my flat they said they were glad I didn’t live in Crossflatts!

Pantomime characters

From: Weyland and Yvonne Roberts, Bellgrave Avenue, New Mill, Holmfirth.

WHO are the nameless people responsible for making Peter Sandeman redundant from the City Varieties in Leeds?

It is not only bizarre, it is also profoundly stupid to dispense with the services of the theatre’s most prized asset. If cost-cutting measures are required, why did they not think of other ways in which to use his wealth of experience and knowledge, such as job share or consultancy?

Instead they chose to cast him aside like a spent match. Is this the thanks he and his wife Gail get for the 24 years they have spent working for the theatre and the city?

No need to wait for Christmas pantomime, the villains have already arrived!