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Letters to the Lincolnshire Free Press editor – January 12, 2021

Thanks for tidying up

Well done to the two men litter picking along London Road in Spalding.

I like to walk along the riverside and the amount of litter is terrible – it’s on the pavement, river banks and in the river. It used to be a pleasant walk.

Even when I crossed the bridge, there was a pile of split black bags overflowing with who knows what, plus cans and bottles.

I used to collect it on my way to town but, with COVID-19 around, I would rather not touch anything.

Margaret Mitchell


John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon (43900815)
John Elson's Lincolnshire Free Press cartoon (43900815)

Together we have made history

December 31, 2020, 11am will go down in history as another momentous victory for freedom and democracy in Great Britain’s long and illustrious history.

It is the time and date that we finally left the European Union (EU) and took back control of our country.

It is the date that collectively we ensured that this island race – unconquered in almost a millennium – will continue to survive as an independent, self-governing nation.

As the former Referendum Party, Vote Leave and Brexit Party Representative for our area, I would like to publicly thank everyone – all those British patriots – who made the salvation of our freedom possible and supported us in this incredible, once in a lifetime journey to leave the EU; and what a journey it has been!

Our excellent local MP Sir John Hayes – who I first met when I was the regional press officer for the Referendum Party back in 1996 – deserves to be singled out for special praise.

He has never faltered or failed in his determination for Britain to be freed from the shackles of the EU.

Whether it was knocking on doors, delivering leaflets, ringing voters, giving speeches or putting fire in our bellies, Sir John has been an outstanding campaigner and supporter of the cause from start to finish.

Thank you John for your unwavering support over the last 24 years.

That is why I support every word that Sir John wrote in his regular ‘Hayes in the House’ column.

The fact that Great Britain has now left the EU and is once again free to walk a path of our own choosing, rather than that dictated by the Politburo in Brussels, is an achievement that many said was impossible.

But impossible is not a word we recognise in the Leave community – against all the odds, maybe, but impossible, no!

Then there is our superb Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The remoaners mocked him and said that a trade deal with the EU in less than a year was impossible.

Well, the impossible he has done.

Boris has pulled his ‘oven-ready deal’ out and it is cooked almost to perfection – he has got Brexit done.

Why did he succeed where others failed? Because, as Alexander Von Schoenburg, editor of the German newspaper Bild, wrote: “The man the continent should be thanking is Boris Johnson who has made world history.

For years, all supposedly sensible pundits (in Europe) have told us that Brexit spells doom for Britain. Now they have to eat their words.

Perhaps it is precisely the more eccentric politicians like Johnson that are most likely to achieve the impossible. Today, Europeans of all stripes know Boris as the man who stood up to the behemoth that is the EU and, against all the odds, won the day for his country.

We must not ignore the fact that this historic deal could have come about only under a British Prime Minister who refused to be bullied by Brussels.

After years of docile, easily intimidated UK premiers, the EU machine realised for the first time that it was dealing with a government deadly serious about defending British sovereignty.

Boris knew that most British people would not accept surrendering their Parliament’s independence to an assembly elected under dubious regulations in Strasbourg.

I invariably try to explain that Brexit has always been a question of when, not if.

There has always been the implicit drive to integrate ever further — and ultimately make Europe’s internal borders blur into one another and centralise the EU to such an extent that not only separate national governments, but even the nations themselves, will become a thing of the past.

That is the final meaning of ‘ever-closer union’ to which the British could not and would never agree.

It is wholly irreconcilable with Britain’s sovereignty. Part of Boris Johnson’s historic triumph has been to help the rest of Europe to understand this.”

On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you again for your support and votes, without you this bid to be released from the once vice-like grip of the EU would not have been possible. Together we have made history!

Craig Jackson

Vote Leave Constituency Coordinator

South Holland & The Deepings

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