Letters, August 19: Hunting, bongo-bongo land and monarchy letters
Some people want to turn back the clock
It never fails to amaze me, the amount of coverage that the tiny minority that actually hunt live quarry gets if anyone who dares to challenge their blood sport. I refer to Tristan Cork's article (Daily Press August 13) regarding the Countryside Alliance accusing the RSPCA chief Gavin Grant of creating a political police force.
Anyone who has any dealings with the blood sports lobby knows that the police will attempt to "time out" any cases that are raised against local hunts. The police simply do not want to get involved with any hunting activity as the political fallout for the chief constable and the police crime commissioner could be quite destructive for them.
I feel for the RSPCA chief Gavin Grant for having the courage to take on illegal hunting in the form of the Prime Minster's local fox hunt; and now the long knives are out for him and this animal welfare society. This is the society that many people have always traditionally supported via garden fêtes, street parties, and local fairs and is iconic in the fabric of our society as a nation of animal lovers; people really do care about animal suffering in this country and abroad.
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The people at the top table in feudal England just want the RSPCA to sort out people's problems with domestic cats and dogs, and leave well alone the wildlife as that is the remit of the blood sports lobby.
Fifty years ago the local hunt master would be running the local RSPCA branch and some today want a return to the good old days of the squire and the hunt know best. But how can anyone of sound mind think of bringing hunting back in a legal state?
Statement achieved more than diplomacy
While broadly agreeing with the points made by Linda Piggott-Vijeh in her letter "Immigrants work and contribute to society" (Daily Press Saturday) I feel that it would have been more true to say "some" do, and some just abuse the system, perhaps the most famous example being the recently deported and unlamented Abu Hamza. However, in fairness, this comment applies equally to native-born Britons these days too.
It was not immigration as such that gave rise to odious groups like the BNP or National Front but uncontrolled immigration; it was the government of the day ignoring the truth of the matter and saying that "all immigration is good" when sadly some just isn't, which led certain factions to take direct action.
As to her condemning the use of "Bongo Bongo Land" the use of these words has actually achieved what some 40 years of diplomacy and tact failed to do.
It got people to finally wake up to some unpalatable truths, such as aid is not necessarily good when it goes to the greedy leaders rather than the poor in many countries, or that aid to India, with it's space programme and building aircraft carriers – when the Royal Navy have none – for example, is far from actually needed. Sometimes "diplomacy" fails and more effective methods need be resorted to.
I would also like to make clear that the vans touring parts of London advising illegal immigrants to "go home" were nothing to do with Ukip and in fact were condemned by Nigel Farage as a stunt to overturn the Ukip vote.
Some diesels could be dirtier than steam
In 1953 I started on steam as a cleaner, rising to fireman. Yes it was a bind to get up at all hours of the day and night, yet with the help of the shed staff, most locos were in steam by the time we booked on ready to prep them.
Both the driver and fireman, while on the foot plate, served one master, the engine.
Diesels and diesel electrics were soulless with just a boring hum, no means of keeping the dust down, in some respects they were more dirty than a well-kept steam locomotive.
His letters probably lose him support
With regard to Lee Prescott's letter (Daily Press, Friday) yes Mr Prescott I do agree that a constitutional monarchy is by far the best form of Government.
I would say however, I'm not really put out when Mark Cheshire has a pop at me being a monarchist, I'm rather amused and think that with every letter he sends in he probably loses support.
I don't think he's a fool and he is entitled to his opinion, I would hate the thought of him not being allowed to express that opinion.