Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor: February 18, 2021
Unwise to alert criminals to an empty building
We rightly place tremendous value on the freedoms inherent in our press. However, such comes with responsibilities. Journalists et al need to bear in mind the likely consequences of their words.
By example, the recent article in The Guardian that appeared to poke Bruce Wainwright, landlord of the Bull at Pinchbeck, in the eye over his management choices of said hostelry. I wrote in reply to that suggesting, somewhat tongue in cheek, that those quoted in the original article may have been serving a personal agenda in putting such “news” in the public eye. (My contrary view was developed after a Parish Council meeting at Pinchbeck library many months before, rather than at any recent meeting.)
Having consulted other locals, many draw the same conclusion I did: connecting that original article to the recent break-in, theft and vandalism at the Bull. Those agreed it was unwise to alert local criminals to an empty pub: one ripe for their attentions.
I asked before what local representatives are doing for the likes of Bruce in these extraordinarily tough times.
Now I know, they were putting out the very news that makes our village the target of thieves and the likes.
Perhaps when we all get back to post-COVID normality, taking annual breaks in Spain, those same people shall be good enough to publish the addresses and holiday dates of all those dashing off for a fortnight in the sun.
That is exactly what they did to poor Mr Wainwright.
Each of us must now do what we can to have those responsible tracked down and charged.
After, I trust those who happily bad-mouth hard-working local businessmen shall reflect on their complicity here and consider what they can do, as persons of influence in our community, to help Bruce recover from this latest £3,000-plus setback.
Thank you to all NHS workers
Considering the ongoing upheaval we have all suffered due to the coronavirus situation that we are still going through, it has truly shown what a dedicated NHS we as a nation have.
The service has dealt with coronavirus on almost a minute by minute basis and is commendable.
On a local level I would like to offer thanks to the Moulton Medical Centre.
The doctors and staff there have carried on going, and, judging from comments from other patients, I am not alone in thinking that a ‘thank you’ is well in order.
So to everybody concerned there, thank you as you are really appreciated in these troubled times.
Moulton Seas End
Our refuse collectors deserve praise
Just a quick thank you to all the binmen and women across the area.
They have worked through the pandemic and the freezing temperatures and I have rarely seen a compliment go their way.
Delays are killing the automotive industry
Across many sectors, British exporters to the EU are clearly facing disruption caused by new Brexit red tape, increased costs and the impact of the pandemic.
The automotive industry is not immune to these challenges, with supply chains so deeply integrated, and while the UK sector was as well prepared as any, given the uncertainties, for new trading conditions from January 1, being hit with significant disruption as well as increased container and haulage costs is taking its toll.
Everyone is working furiously behind the scenes to keep production going and some firms are having to resort to expensive air freight to maintain manufacturing output.
With trade volumes at borders now on the increase, and full customs controls set to come into force in July, it is essential government works well with the automotive industry, hauliers and customs intermediaries to ensure smooth and efficient border operations.
The £20million Brexit Support Fund announced recently to support small or medium size enterprises in adjusting to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU, is welcome. However, with firms already experiencing delays and issues at the borders, the funding cannot come soon enough. It is imperative that the Government ensures this money reaches SME’s quickly.
Also, the used car market saw a decline by 14.9% last year, yet more evidence of the damage wrought by the pandemic. There was some good news, in particular with demand for used battery electric vehicles rising by 29.7%. However, this performance still only accounted for 0.3% of all transactions and provides further proof of the seismic shift needed to move to zero emission transport.
The main priority now must be to allow car showrooms to re-open as soon as possible. This will not only help the used market recover, supporting jobs and livelihoods and providing individuals with the personal mobility they need at a time when guidance is against using public transport, but it will also enable the latest and cleanest vehicles to filter through to second owners.
As the sector continues to make strides towards net zero, and with road transport decarbonisation at the heart of the government’s green ambitions, SMMT will be hosting its first Electrified conference online on the March 25.
Support for our automotive industry will be vital for job security and the local economy.
Union delegate For South Holland & The Deepings CLP