Complacency after decades of party rule
The events in Rotherham were truly horrendous and all were either condoned or ignored – and all for the sake of political correctness.
This insidious evil was successfully employed by Labour in Gordon Brown’s leadership to suppress dissent and criticism of its immigration policy.
Like the council members today, who, had they any sense of decency and responsibility, have subsumed it for the greater good of finding favour with the Muslim voters in order not to lose votes, while avoiding the taint of racism, the word that invokes fear in every Labour heart.
These heinous actions are the result of decades of being the ruling party.
Complacency and arrogance takes over when power is thought to be theirs by right, and in South Yorkshire almost all Labour councils think it should be theirs, like medieval monarchs assuming that their position is ordained by God.
The voters are God now, but few have the wit or wisdom to express their power and instead vote in the same ones time after time. Well, see where that got the electorate in Rotherham.
From: Ruthven Urquhart, High Hunsley, Cottingham.
i ADDRESS this, via The Yorkshire Post, to all those involved and accused of the alleged wicked and unforgiveable acts of negligence relating to the rotten Rotherham child abuse scandal.
These revelations have made me feel utterly ashamed to be residing in the same county as these evil and irresponsible people, and in conclusion may I remind them that one sin becomes two, if defended.
Theatre of dreams
From: Sir Rodney Walker, Woolley, Wakefield.
I READ Peter Tuffrey’s nostalgic article on Theatre Royal Wakefield (The Yorkshire Post, September 3) with great interest.
It captured the history of this special corner of Westgate, a history which lives on today through live theatre, music, comedy and pantomime with a wide appeal for today’s audiences.
When we first started fundraising to restore and re-open the theatre some 28 years ago, I and many others felt that this would make an important contribution to re-establishing Wakefield as a major cultural centre.
Our vision saw the audience experience as central to all our plans, where the theatre would nurture young talent while also attracting the best performers from the UK and internationally. I have watched the theatre grow and develop to a point where we are now celebrating the 120th anniversary year of this magnificent cultural jewel, which first opened its doors in 1894.
To mark this occasion, Theatre Royal Wakefield is recruiting 120 champions who will all be invited to join me for a reception to celebrate this “special moment in history” on Wednesday, October 15.
The 120 champions will all play a valuable role in promoting our 120th anniversary programme to family, friends and the wider community.
I would welcome interest from readers of The Yorkshire Post who can contact me via [email protected].
In reading the history of theatre in Wakefield, I believe that we should all commit to supporting Theatre Royal Wakefield today to ensure that community theatre continues to thrive in our area.
A parent’s dilemma
From: Roger Crossley, Fall View, Silkstone, Barnsley.
I WRITE to express my agreement with Rachel Maister (The Yorkshire Post, September 3) with regard to Jayne Dowle’s regular references to her children when making a point in her columns.
I, too, have felt a bit uneasy when she does this, even though I think I understand the reason. One of Jayne’s strengths in her writing is to present herself as an “ordinary” parent battling against all the pressures and idiosyncrasies of modern life.
And although over the years I have agreed and disagreed with her in equal measure, there is no doubt that her writing is always relevant.
However, I think she goes too far in the use of her children, and I’m surprised that she doesn’t appreciate the dangers.
I’m no child psychologist, but in my opinion children take some time to develop their personalities. They’re like sponges, absorbing much, but taking time to dissimulate all the data to make some sense of it themselves in time.
The important thing for me, is that Jayne should stop telling us, and her children, through her columns, what they are like, and let them discover that for themselves.
This sporting lifeline...
From: Terry Duncan, Graeme Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Is it not refreshing in a season when much of the news concentrates on football, that we can see a future for all who are fed up with the media’s sports coverage?
With Celtic languishing mid-league in Scotland and Manchester United in just as bad a position in the English Premier League, there is hope for our wee teams’ supporters.
So we sceptics may yet change our minds.