Your letters, January 16, 2014

We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views
We have a full postbag of your letters on a range of views

Your Views - here are the letters published in the Harborough Mail on January 16, 2014.

As usual, there are lots of views and opinions on a host of subjects in this week’s Mail.

POLITICS: Lies, damned lies and statistics

The phrase “there are three sorts of lies – lies, damned lies and statistics” is usually attributed to the great nineteenth century Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.

UKIP’s dubious use of immigration figures was exposed by Professor Oppenheim on this page last week.

However, the following “statistic” may be of use to the party.

When the floodgates of the new rules regarding eastern European immigration were opened on New Year’s Day a grand total of two new immigrants stepped off the plane from Bucharest to Luton airport.

One hundred per cent of them had jobs to come to – one a doctor, the other a car wash operative. None of them were benefit scroungers sponging off the welfare state.

Nobody would extrapolate these figures to predict the total over the year, but maybe UKIP could come back with this figure next January.

It is interesting that Disraeli was the grandson of Jewish Italian immigrants. A founding father of the modern Conservative party, he was the highly regarded leader of this country at the time of its greatest power and influence.

Will Poulton, West Langton

MARKET: Terrific move for market traders

I just wanted to show my support for the market traders on The Square in Harborough.

I wasn’t sure about the concept, but on a cold, windy Tuesday the stallholders, it seemed, were having plenty of support from the locals.

A market on the market square! Terrific, and I would like to wish them all well in their temporary new home.

Just one thought to add. Perhaps some signage on the back of the huts would remind the public that it’s our market, and it needs their support.

Tim Thornton, by email

ROYAL MAIL: Much kudos to postal service

I was surprised to find a Christmas card postmarked Bristol on my doormat on January 7.

On closer inspection, the recipient had used my maiden name; misspelled the road; omitted the village entirely and got the postcode wrong.

Kudos to Royal Mail for their detective work!

Hannah Currington, by email

CAROLS: Band is pleased with generosity

On behalf of Harborough Band, I would like to sincerely thank our townsfolk for their continued support and generosity during the Christmas period whilst we were out carolling.

The money raised will go towards replacing very old instruments as well as a donation to the restoration and upkeep of the iconic Old Grammar School building which is currently undergoing restoration.

Harborough Band wishes the town a happy and healthy 2014.

Maisie Nazzal, by email

FLOODING: Perhaps the stalls should be raised

In view of the inevitable return of Noah’s Flood to Harborough, surely the wooden sheds used as market stalls on The Square should be built on stilts.

John Haynes, Welford

THANK YOU: Carol singing was a record-breaker

I would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to Mowsley’s carol singing collection. A massive sum of £343 was collected and has been sent to Barnardo’s. This is a new Mowsley record!

A four-hour break in the raging storm enabled us to sing, so thank you also to all the singers who turned out that evening and those who provided very welcome refreshments. A great evening all round.

Pauline Dawes, by email

HEALTH: Referrals issue swings both ways

Regarding the issue of visits deemed unnecessary to A&E Departments.

I recently slipped and broke my toe. I was sent to Kettering Hospital accident and emergency by my GP and I was treated quite quickly with no problems.

However, there was not sufficient after-care advice which resulted in me going back to my GP after ten days to get advice about changing the dressing.

The locum GP there said he did not know anything about it, and instead of calling the hospital himself, and asking for the X-rays electronically, he said I had to go back there myself!

I questioned this but he said that was the only way forward.

This resulted in me driving 30 miles with a broken toe, as I had no-one to take me there, incurring petrol and parking costs – only to be told that it was a complete waste of time me going there! They removed the dressing and it did not need any further attention.

I could have done this myself!

So should GPs be charged for making unnecessary referrals?! I was not happy and this has resulted in me changing GP practice.

Mrs M Allen, Fleckney

CHILDREN: Praise for those who helped party

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the international children’s holiday party a true success story.

Thank you all the children and their parents from Japan, China, Thailand, Jordan, USA, India, Brazil, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland and England who shared their talents, culture, traditions as well as exotic flavours in our seventh annual event at the Methodist Church in Market Harborough.

Special thanks to our neighbours, ladies from the Curves, and our local Co-op for filling Santa’s sack abundantly this year. Children enjoyed their Goodness Gangs immensely!

We are also very grateful to the Methodist Church for their constant support and providing a venue for the event.

We could not have done it without all your help.

Thank you all our friends and supporters for helping to build – and maintain – bridges among people of different nationalities in our town and making our community a very beautiful and extremely friendly place to live.

Ausra Bremner, by email

WIND: Unpredictability is such a problem

The one problem for wind turbines that no lies, damned lies or statistics can alter is that they are unpredictable.

No-one knows how much electricity will be generated, when, or whether it will be of any use when it does.

John Litten, Welford

GREAT WAR: Plans to honour town’s firemen

As we are all aware of this year, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of The Great War and many of you will already have been carrying out your own research and projects.

As a retired firefighter and presently, a fire brigade historian, I’m currently researching, alongside a fellow retired colleague, and tracing firemen that joined the colours and were killed in action. Regrettably, there are no known records nor registers kept on firemen that joined or were called up.

The Firefighters Memorial in London and the National Arboretum in Staffordshire only have names of firefighters killed in the Blitz in World War Two or in peacetime since 1723.

There is no main memorial for firemen killed in the First World War or the Second. In the course of our research, we have managed to confirm 500 names of these men and they will soon be placed on our website which is being designed at this moment.

I have completed my research of the Leicester Borough Fire Brigade but am asking for your help to find the names of firemen that worked at the individual county fire stations such as Market Harborough, Loughborough and Coalville.

I’ll be very grateful, if you can give us information on firemen’s names, regiments and the date/place of their death.

Call me 0116 2667001 or email at

Malc Tolvey, by email

THANK YOU: Praise for kind town taxi driver

Thank you to the taxi driver of Luigi Taxis for returning my purse with all of its contents to my house after I lost it in the back of his cab.

It was greatly appreciated and I thank you very much.

Connie Hiron, by email

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