Playing the racist card

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I am annoyed at Paul Brown’s letter (Gazette August 23) where he says ‘he is dismayed at opponents of the proposed potash development playing the racist card’, because I dared ask the question has the company published figures of the number of local people they hope to employ should the mine go ahead, as the main pro argument for the mine is local employment, or are they more likely to bus in cheaper East European labour.

I had read that certain members of our community immediately use ‘the race card’ as Mr Brown put it when any mention of foreign nationals is made, but I had not experienced this myself until now.

Mr Brown unwisely suggests I may be a racist, well, part of my family is African part is Dutch and part is Swedish, our first grandchild is the most beautiful mixed race Ugandan/English child, my best friend for many years was Indian and although I have lived most of my life in Yorkshire I was born in a very multi-cultural part of London, I have not got a racist bone in my body. May I suggest Mr Brown is very careful who he intimates may be racist in the future.

To get back to more important things, Mr Brown has not understood the first part of my letter (written after talking to two engineers about the suggested pipeline).

I was not worried that the pipeline may spoil the countryside, I assume it will be underground as the large gas pipe from Saltend, East Yorkshire is.

My point was that it may not be possible to move that type of material by pipeline, one of the engineers I was chatting to said that Boulby Mine have problems with a 400m pipeline. My suggestion was that a ‘no pipeline, no mine’ clause in any planning permission would not be a bad thing.

Because I ask questions Mr Brown also seems to accuse me of being an ‘opponent’ of the mine, he’s got that wrong too. It’s true I am not keen on this particular project because as I mentioned in my previous letter it may open the moors again to heavy industry such as fracking for oil.

If the potash mine does go ahead, I would rather it go ahead with all questions properly answered, well hidden from sight, many local people with good well paid jobs, a working pipeline so material does not have to be taken on the A174.

If members of the public keep their opinions quiet, and do not keep asking questions we may regret what happens to our beautiful area in the near future.

Anthony Baynes,

Beck Hole Road, Goathland