My reasons to be cheerful in 2012

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I always like to start the new year on a positive note, so, is there anything to look forward to?

We have the Olympics, which will be a morale booster and help the economy, and the Diamond Jubilee.

On the political front, I would like to see more help for manufacturing – we don’t see French or German ministers buying trains from overseas, so why do we?

We should instill a self help attitude towards business by making things ourselves and use more UK suppliers for the parts industry.

Embracing more procurement agreements for the government to purchase UK products would help with growth and employment.

Even locally this can be done to boost our own local economy. I did most of my Christmas shopping in The Crescent area of Spalding and with better news for local development this should be an improved prospect for local business.

Will all that High Street spending in the sales prevent a double dip recession for the retail industry? Let’s wait in hope.

Also, not being a killjoy about New Year’s Eve, but I could not believe all the millions of pounds going up in smoke during the celebrations, while our elderly are struggling with their winter fuel bills.

If you are well off and don’t need the allowance, then donate it to the Surviving The Winter Campaign.

It was encouraging to see stars like Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Terry Wogan and Sir David Jason, all taking the lead and donating their winter fuel payments.

Rodney Sadd

Carrington Road

Spalding