Spalding Guardian letters - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Great community carnival spirit in Pinchbeck
I am writing to congratulate the Pinchbeck Carnival Committee for the Carnival Cabaret; an evening of entertainment which I enjoyed.
The acts were varied and professional and all the Royalty contestants were delightful. I must particularly thank the organiser, John Pailing, who brought the whole show together. Thanks also go to the compere, Jeff Woods, who introduced the acts and put the contestants at ease, making what could have been a nerve-racking experience, a warm, welcoming one.
Thanks also to: Alan and Debbie on the tech desk, the team who manned the door, the Royalty organisers, raffle ticket sellers, helpers on the bar, and curtain-pullers.
A final thank you must go to the judges, who had three tricky decisions to make when judging Queen, Princes and Princesses. As usual in Pinchbeck, everyone came together to make this an excellent family night.
We now look forward to the Carnival weekend in June and the Carnival and parade itself on June 8. I am proud to be a very small part of this organisation and to have been able to help fund the Carnival arena act, with my fellow councillors (James Avery and Elizabeth Sneath) from our designated budgets. The Carnival is one of the highlights of the year; roll on June!
So much of this litter could have been recycled
Whilst out litter picking in Whaplode St Catherine and Saracens Head as part of the South Holland Tidy Exercise, it is frustrating to have collected so much litter that is actually recyclable if only it was taken home and put in the green sack!
Does Britain really need a Free Trade agreement?
Britain’s increasingly chaotic withdrawal from the European Union without an agreement on Britain’s future trading relationship seems increasingly likely.
The Freedom to determine Britain’s own trade policies was a significant attraction for Leave voters in the Brexit referendum.Free Trade deals are not a panacea that automatically boost trade;
If a business’s product or service is well designed and appropriate for a target market’s needs , made from quality materials and components, and is reliable, repairable, energy efficient and compliant with local autonomous regulatory requirements trade is possible. If actively marketed at a price potential customers can afford business can be done without any free trade agreement.
Germany, subject to the same constraints as Britain, trades successfully outside the EU and has large positive balance on its non-EU current account trading balance every year . Britain has a large negative balance on its current trading account with non EU countries every year.
Being in the EU Customs Union imposes a treaty obligation not to impose any constraint on other member states exports.
Being in the customs union does not require Britain to sign up to the EU’s Commercial Policy agreement under which the EU negotiates trade deals with other countries.
Switzerland is not in the EU. The Swiss have negotiated bi-lateral trade deals with the EU 28 members which mirror the EU’s Commercial Policy Shedule of Tarrifs to facilitate free trade between Switzerland and the EU 28.
Switzerland can and has negotiated free trade deals with non EU countries including China.The ‘trade off’ is that the Swiss regulate and closely monitor the destination of non EU country exports into Switzerland to prevent their country becoming a gateway through which contraband goods come into the EU which would erode the integrity of the single market.
Landlocked Switzerland has 230 border control checkpoints, 120 manned and 110 electronically monitored , employs 22,000 customs officials (more than the UK ) and imposes heavy financial penalties on those who deliberately or unintentionally breach the regulations.
Around 45 per cent of UK exports are into the EU and around 12 per cent are into countries with which the EU has a free trade arrangement.British exports would have to be either in alignment with EU regulatory standards or regarded by the countries involved as being equivalent to EU product regulatory standards. Approaching 60 per cent of Britain’s exports would have to be in alignment with EU regulatory standards or regarded by potential trade partners as equivalent to EU regulatory standards.
Any disputes over the interpretation of, or application of, EU or nation equivalence standards would fall under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice which Britain will not recognise.
In International Trade real politik rules and where might is right. Collectively the EU is the world’s second largest market when Gross Domestic Product is measured in dollars and where average income per head in dollars is greater than that of China.
Outside the European Union Britain’s economic and financial clout will be diminished
Regretably, the wilingness to compromise is in short supply from all sides of the Brexit argument.
Debate is conditioned by the voices off stage chanting my way or no way.
The voice of the dead must be obeyed. The voice of the young and those yet to be born are to be silenced. The way to the future does not lie in the past. Nostalgic reminiscence will not build a brighter future.
Paul M Walls
Not about party politics
On May 2, we ask you to judge us on what we have achieved for you and our community. Not just Pinchbeck and Surfleet but for the whole of South Holland District.
This election is about local people, local issues and local service provision. It is not about party politics, and it is not about the ‘B’ word.
The delivery of our local services has nothing to do with what is happening in Parliament. We as district councillors are local people who live and work in the community. We are not MPs, and we only have control over what happens locally.
During the last four years we have kept our promises by running an efficient council, delivering effective services across the district.
Within our own ward of Pinchbeck and Surfleet we have helped resolve issues affecting individual people or families.
In addition we have welcomed many applications to fund community projects from our designated budgets, including road safety equipment, defibrillators, community events, supporting the elderly, sports equipment, all three Primary Schools, uniformed brigades, Help for Heroes and Spalding Street Pastors – to name just a few.
We urge you to vote for the councillors that have worked hard, and have helped and supported you for the last four years and longer.
Please vote on May 2 maintain and improve local services.
Please vote for your Conservative candidate.
District Councillors for Pinchbeck and Surfleet
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Six weeks ago the Church story was about Jesus on the top of a mountain in Israel with his closest friends when they became aware of the presence and glory of God and that Jesus was his son. In the words of the author Mark in his gospel “Jesus set his face resolutely towards Jerusalem”.
He was to face his death and execution. It took weeks by foot. There were many twists and turns to their destination on Palm Sunday.
We too have travelled that six week journey through the wilderness of Lent. Some of us have lost our way on a well-planned Lent. Others have given up hope and do things irrespective of Lent. That is the point of Easter which is to realise that God's love is such that he accepts us as we are. We do not surprise him. He is prepared to die for us all. The power of the cross overcomes annihilation and death. Jesus offers us a new start, a new life as we identify with him and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The tomb was empty and history has tried to discredit it, however Jesus is risen. Alleluia. I wish you a very happy Easter.
Father Jonathan Sibley
Vicar, St Mary's Church, Long Sutton