Here’s hop­ing sto­ry­line was not just a fan­tasy

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Henry Kelly, DJ and game show host, Jan Ham­mer, com­poser, Olivia Hussey, ac­tress,

Pete Shel­ley, singer/gui­tarist Nick Hornby, nov­el­ist, Sean Bean, ac­tor

Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran, for­mer crick­eter, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, singer, fash­ion de­signer, busi­ness­woman Rooney Mara, ac­tress, A RE­CENT episode of Holby City re­vealed a very strong sto­ry­line in­volv­ing the newly re­leased from prison sur­geon Mr Ric Grif­fin.

He is com­pet­ing for funds for a very ex­cit­ing project, namely grow­ing a new blad­der for peo­ple who have lost theirs.

Many peo­ple have blad­der loss mainly through can­cer and have en­dured a lengthy oper­a­tion called a rad­i­cal cys­tec­tomy.

I had this oper­a­tion more than eight years ago which has been a to­tal suc­cess and I ad­justed to the urostomy bag quite eas­ily.

This is be­cause I am el­derly, have chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, been to univer­sity and am well trav­elled.

How­ever, for younger peo­ple it is more im­por­tant to keep their blad­ders as it means they re­tain a nor­mal ap­pear­ance and can dress how they please and do not have the has­sle of or­der­ing nec­es­sary prod­ucts and em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments go­ing through air­port se­cu­rity.

Thus I hope the med­i­cal re­searchers at the BBC have some ev­i­dence to sup­port this sto­ry­line as it will have given hope to many pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

If it is fan­tasy then the BBC must look more closely at what they are putting out there. Be hope­ful by all means but above all be truth­ful - and avoid la la land! RACISM was rife in the UK dur­ing the 1960s with a colour bar and dis­crim­i­na­tion in hous­ing and em­ploy­ment.

The 1968 Race Re­la­tions act was brought in by a Labour Gov­ern­ment to counter this racism.

Fifty years ago Enoch Pow­ell made his speech against im­mi­gra­tion and Europe to a meet­ing of Tories in the West Mid­lands in what be­came known as his ‘rivers of blood’ speech.

He was sacked by Tory Prime Min­is­ter Ed­ward Heath and even to­day there are peo­ple who ar­gue that ‘Enoch was right.’

Pow­ell’s speech made racism look re­spectable and in 1968, shortly af­ter his speech, the far right Na­tional Front marched through Hud­der­s­field and, ac­cord­ing to their or­gan­is­ers, gained eight new mem­bers on the back of Pow­ell’s speech. We then saw an up­surge of vi­o­lence against im­mi­grants.

Pow­ell was an op­por­tunist who was hop­ing one day to lead the Con­ser­va­tive Party. He failed mis­er­ably. Racism still ex­ists among some peo­ple but we have made ad­vances in race re­la­tions by be­ing far more tol­er­ant with each other than we were in the days of Enoch Pow­ell

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