We don’t need Dennehy’s ‘help’!
I REFER to your article, ‘Blog not racist, says expelled councillor’ (Gazette, May 18).
If Cllr Dennehy seriously thinks that his attack on Southall’s Indian community was not racist, perhaps he can explain why his comments have been applauded by far right websites.
In his blog, Cllr Dennehy accused Indian people of practices that are ‘primitive’. Is this really a fair way to characterise a community which has a long standing tradition of non-violence and vegetarianism?
Cllr Dennehy also stated that ‘when you move to a new country you adopt its ways, you learn its language and you participate in its society’. Given that he is a New Zealand national perhaps he can tell us what efforts he made to adopt the ways and language of the Maoris, who are the native people of that country.
Finally, he states that he will ‘continue to fight for the people of Southall’. Presumably this was meant as a joke? If not, then please let me advise him that our town really doesn’t need his help.
Southall is a triumphant burst of colour and vitality, which is why thousands of people of all races flock here each weekend to sample its delights.
It will stay that way, regardless of his ranting.
MIDDLESEX ANTI RACIST ACTION
NHS money is unwisely spent
There was a time when our national health service was admired throughout the world. Now the army of patients who rely upon the service wonder what the future holds.
The Con-Dem government pretends it can save vast amounts of money by efficiency savings, insisting that its proposals will improve the service.
Those who are in the position to know, like the Royal College of Nursing, tell a somewhat different story.
In the run-up to its annual conference, the RCN has said that 61,000 posts are at risk of being slashed across the health service, including nursing and other jobs, with 26,000 already lost in the two years to April.
The health minister, Simon Burns, denies the RCN figures, saying that the cuts only affect 450 nurses. The nurses tell a different story. They know that unpaid overtime is normal and only 17 per cent of nurses told the RCN that their wards are properly staffed. They also report that they felt unable to give the level of individual care and contact that they felt appropriate because they are overloaded and overstretched.
Mr Burns says that more money is being spent on the NHS. Perhaps payments for increasingly privatised segments of the service and the institutionalised use of agency staff might account for Mr Burns’s extra money.
Southall (address supplied)
A&E unit must remain at Ealing
I READ the letter from Mr McNeill (Gazette, April 27) regarding an accident outside his house and Ealing Hospital A&E closure.
It is important the unit does not close. Last September at 6.05pm I fell on a paved area outside the bungalow where I live, and I could not get up. My neighbour called 999. She was told not to move me. No ambulance came. We live less than 5 minutes away from Ealing Hospital.
My neighbour rang twice more and was told the ambulance was on its way. At 6.40pm it arrived and we asked why it had taken so long, apparently it had come from Feltham.
If our A&E closes then is this what we have to look forward to? It must not happen, we need it.
Southall (address supplied)
Council has let down Southall FC
AS A supporter of Southall FC for 45 years, I think Mr Bell and Ealing Council have missed an opportunity to help the club.
The Labour council has a short memory. It forced Southall FC out of its Western Road ground many years ago. I wish QPR good luck and best wishes for Warren Farm, it’s going to be a big project.
As for Mr Bell, I wonder what team he will be supporting next season – red and white of Southall FC Middlesex County League or blue and white hoops of QPR FC Premier League. No contest. Thanks Ealing Council, thanks for nothing (again).
L. DE JONG,
Greenford (address supplied)
Thanks for a great service
I WOULD just like my thanks to be known to Ealing Hospital.
Recently I had to visit the hospital and lost my coat with the car keys in the pocket. I was taken to PALS who worked with security until my coat was found. Many thanks to all at Ealing Hospital.
Kings Avenue, Greenford
A lonely, stressful existence
This week is Dementia Awareness Week and I would like your readers to spare a thought for the 750,000 people in the UK who are struggling with the relentless, debilitating advance of Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as those who care for them.
I work for a disability charity called Vitalise. Each year we welcome couples affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia to our UK respite centres for much-needed breaks.
We would like to salute the courage and dignity of the unseen army of carers who are struggling day in, day out with the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s or dementia on someone they love. Theirs is a lonely, stressful existence. All they can do is watch and wait, powerless to prevent their loved ones drifting away.
To commemorate Dementia Awareness Week we have produced a video, in which carers talk candidly about their experiences of living, coping and coming to terms with the devastating effects of dementia. It can be viewed on our website, www.vitalise.org.uk.
We support thousands of disabled people and carers through our essential respite breaks, but there are so many more in dire need of help. We don’t take a penny from government. Please support our vital work. Call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.vitalise.org.uk.
Mayor deserves our admiration
What an incredible curriculum vitae Councillor Mohammad Aslam, the new Mayor of Ealing, has. To arrive in this country with just £5 and achieve what he has fills me with admiration. I would like to wish him all the best for his forthcoming year in office.