Absurd to attack Goodwill initiative

I’VE OFTEN thought it generally not such a good idea to question the motives of a chivalrous knight, who has just rode to the aid of a damsel in distress.

I refer to the recent criticism of the gallant Robert De Goodwill Esq. who having rescued the fair lady of Yorkshire, nee Coronia, now finds himself being pilloried by all manner of serfs, and retired sea farers.

Why do I get the distinct impression that some of those quick to criticize anyone showing initiative, were the very same ones rubbing their hands, in the hope that former Coronia owner, Tom Machin might fail.

To openly attack our local MP, who doesn’t even hold the portfolio fishing brief, is patently absurd, and because of the fact he’s put his money where his mouth is, in order to save a local icon, I would suggest perhaps even more so.

I’ve no axe to grind either way, when it comes to throwing toys out of prams, but before people start playing the blame game, let’s get facts right.

The reason fishermen are having to throw fish back, and are crippled by EEC quotas, is because they have been badly led. I remember with much pride, as too will some of the older fish folk, the time ‘Denk’ Mainprize, along with his two sons Larry and Bobby, Bill Pashby and his sons Tom and young Bill, plus the rest of the Scarborough fishing fleet, sailed up the river Thames and demonstrated outside the Houses of Parliament.

They then took part in a mass blockade of every port in the country, including Scarborough. Would they do the same today? I think not.

Chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, does more in terms of taking the fight to Europe, than our fishermen’s representatives do.

There was a time, when being a Bottom Ender instilled a sense of pride in people, indeed, you would have been hard pressed to be accepted, if you weren’t born below ‘The Pump’ as they say.

As a boy, I well remember the original Coronia, owned and run by the Johnson family who ran a butchers shop in Aberdeen Walk. The Coronia, along with the present day Coronia, (The Yorkshire Lady as she was then) later to be joined by the present Regal Lady, were a memorable part of my childhood.

I shall always be on the side of those who show initiative.

To Tom Machin, I would wish, “A fair wind to Whitby,” and to Robert Goodwill, “Lang may ye lumb reek.”

TW Ward