There’s a key feature in the Spalding Chamber of Commerce’s recent discussions and that is that the nationality of the off-licence owners is not mentioned.
Therefore, the chamber cannot come under the same bombardment that non-members do when they speak of nationality – rightly or wrongly – but the point being it’s a constructive approach.
What the moral martyrs who have no concern for the future of Spalding regarding its identity fail to realise is that even if we didn’t have the current problem of migrants opening such stores, we would still complain in the same way and raise the same issues if we had seven English-owned off-licences. The point being that there are too many and there should be no further licences granted.
There’s a lot of talk of how the local residents feel – again this is quite right – but what would be beneficial too would be to feature interviews with the owners of the present stores.
I have not seen their opinions openly presented to the town yet. Do they feel that now they have opened up their shops, making them a source of livelihood just like a local business owner, are they happy at more being opened?
Do they have concerns that as more open then their livelihood will be threatened – again, concerns that any business owner would have?
We may find by exploring this avenue that actually they do not want any more licenses granted either.
If this is the case and their opinions and concerns were presented to the council, would they be ignored and further licences granted? If so, this would then be a case of reversing the accusation that is used as a weapon against us of ‘discrimination’.
It would also show what I have been saying all along: although it appears that our Eastern European neighbours are favoured, it’s not because the council or wider state likes them, it’s because they are abusing them as part of a wider EU-enforced long game.
To allow migrants to open stores then flood them with competition, causing them to suffer financial hardship with eventual closure is madness. It also promotes a form of racial tension within the town.