‘Go Home’ campaign van should stay away from Yorkshire

From: Michael McGowan, Former Labour MEP, Town Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

THE “Go Home” campaign van of the Home Office should “Keep Out” of Yorkshire, where we are proud of our vibrant multicultural community which includes people from all parts of the world who have come to our region and enriched our way of life.

Government Minister Eric Pickles, a former Tory leader of Bradford City Council who knows this region, has said his Government may extend its “Go Home” campaign beyond the six London boroughs to other parts of the country. He needs to get the message to David Cameron that this offensive and divisive stunt would not be welcome in Yorkshire, where we expect all our people to respect and work in co-operation with each other.

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It is blatantly clear that the Government’s “Go home or face arrest” campaign is about attracting support and votes away from Ukip sympathisers and should be roundly condemned by all of Yorkshire’s MPs as unacceptable. The Tory and Lib Dem MPs from our region need to get a clear message to the leaders of the coalition government that the highways of Yorkshire should not be stained by this vile and offensive campaign.

From: David W. Wright, Uppleby, Easingwold.

THERE is another side to the recent overreaction to the remarks made by Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom, and that is the role played by the various media – Press and TV – with certain elements and commentators simply using the incident to stir up yet more controversy for either political motives or simply to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Again we get the politically correct brigade and the professional moaners who relish complaining about anything that courts questioning statements which “might upset people”.

Fr Neil McNicholas (Yorkshire Post, August 5) has rightly highlighted our moral decline and lack of discipline and the prevalence to complain about everything and everyone.

From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

WHY is it that Beverly-based East Riding of Yorkshire Council can find money to build houses in Bridlington with superior facilities for people, who by nature of their way of living, ie “travellers”, contribute little or nothing to the community, as is proposed with the possibility that the high standard of housing at the Woldgate “Gipsy” complex is to be extended.

Yet, children of native residents of Bridlington, who have paid their taxes and rates for a lifetime, when they grow up and get married cannot be provided with local council accommodation – because ERYC apparently does not comprehend the desperation of dozens of local couples with a child or two having to remain with grandma or grandad in overcrowded houses.

From: JG Riseley, Harcourt Drive, Harrogate.

MORE than 25 per cent of UK births are now to foreign-born mothers. If we include those with foreign-born grandparents or great grandparents the figure may be closer to 50 per cent.

In political terms this is the outcome of a democratic consensus spanning the last few generations.

The Conservatives have wanted to bring in cheap labour. Labour has wanted to bring in those it sees as naturally left-leaning voters. The Liberals have wanted to let anyone in, just to demonstrate how cuddly they are.

What of the indigenous British? We have continued 
to vote en masse for these 
barely distinguishable parties
in the bizarre belief that anything else would be a “waste of our vote”.

We have been the docile or fearful subjects of rulers who have long since abandoned us.