Spalding Guardian letters - February 21
What difference will it make?
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw your story about a £2.5million refit for Spalding Railway Station.
You could knock the existing building down and replace it with a copy of Buckingham Palace but if the train service is poor what difference will it really make to the travelling public?
The actual day to day trip on the Spalding/Peterborough route is an absolute shambles. It’s like travelling in Africa only more expensive.
No account into the growth of Lincoln University so you face the prospect of climbing over a mountain of luggage for the privilege of standing up when the students are on their commute.
Recent events include, but are not limited to, being thrown across the carriage when the train hits a dodgy section of rail south of Spalding and the actual station being closed on consecutive days midweek.
Last week the information board told me the train was delayed three minutes before departure. One minute later it told me it was cancelled. Now to the best of my knowledge this service does not originate in Pinchbeck. The help line told me to ‘go find a bus’. Thanks for that.
(Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman) George Scott and his board must feel like they are banging their heads against a brick wall but what about (South Holland and the Deepimgs MP) Sir John Hayes, a former transport minister?
Just like Sir John, I am a regular commuter to London. He is seen on the Spalding/Peterborough leg of the trip about as often as Joan Collins is seen in Primark. What have you ever done for the line Sir John?
Sutton St James
What are we to make of this?
It would appear from the names in February 5's Court Register that almost 50 per cent of those appearing in court are from the EU or are not native of Britain.
This is amazing, apparently, as they only comprise a fraction of the population.
What are we to make of this?
I look forward to my special place in hell
If (European Council president Donald) Tusk is right, I look forward to my special place in Hell.
And I will thank God for I will know that I have done my duty and that Britain is free to be Great again.
No-deal would be madness
In Readers' View 7 Feb, Angela Skeels argues that threatening the EU27 with "the No-Deal option … will give us the best possible bargaining leverage for a Free Trade Agreement [FTA] with the EU; and if such a deal cannot be reached we will be ready to leave on managed WTO terms."
Unfortunately, this argument makes no sense. There's no way an FTA with the EU27 can conceivably be negotiated before 29 Mar 19. Therefore, under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, we will inevitably leave the EU with No-Deal on 29 Mar 19 (unless either Parliament votes for May's dreadful deal or Article 50 is extended).
Moreover, there's no such thing as leaving the EU on "managed WTO terms." If we leave the EU with No-Deal on 29 Mar 19, we will immediately start trading on WTO rules (which means, among many other things, that cars manufactured in the UK for export to the EU will face a mandatory, non-negotiable 10% tariff) and we will also lose all the benefits associated with the 127 trade agreements and over 750 other international agreements from which we currently benefit by virtue of our EU membership. How and when are identical benefits going to be secured under Angela's No-Deal Brexit? Answer: never. So, we need to stop and think again.
If we stumble mindlessly into a No-Deal Brexit on 29 Mar, then everyone in the country we love will suffer hugely (except, perhaps, a few, rich 'Disaster Capitalists', who make money in a falling market and wish to sell-off bits of our economy for their own profit). Unfortunately, it will be – yet again – the poorest, most disadvantaged individuals and regions in our country who will proportionately suffer the most.
Fortunately, this outcome is avoidable. We just need to have a Final Say vote on the terms of Brexit actually on offer. So, why are Brexiteers, who claim to be democrats, so passionately opposed to a such a vote? Answer: because they fear a majority would now vote to remain in the EU. But, this is the essence of democracy. As David Davis famously said on 19 Nov 12, "If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy."
And to the many people who tell me, "I don't care what Brexit looks like. I just want it to be over", my response is that the only way to take Brexit off the agenda is to remain in the EU. Otherwise, under any Brexit scenario, we'll still be employing over 10,000 dedicated civil servants and spending billions of pounds annually, in negotiations or in the courts, trying to reach future trade agreements . . . which, even then, will be inferior to those the EU can collectively secure on our behalf and for which the costs are shared across 28 nations.
I was fined even though a guard helped me
Re your article of February 5 ‘Petition launched to scrap parking system at Pilgrim’.
On January 24 I had cause to visit the Pilgrim Hospital. I was waiting for a friend and sat watching the parking machines, which were not working all that well – people were having to fetch the security guards out to help with paying.
As I went outside to pay, the security guard helped a woman with a pram to input her details. I said to him I had not seen this before so could he help me.
He entered my details and I paid £4.20, no receipt given at that time.
On around Feburary 3-4 I had a parking ticket from Parking Eye for £40/70. I complained but was told I had not provided sufficient evidence.
I was told I could appeal through POPLA (independent appeals service for parking charge notices), sending a reference number - on
entering this it did not work.
A paragraph from the Parking Eye letter reads: “If you appeal to POPLA and your appeal is unsuccessful you will not be able to pay the discounted amount in settlement.”
No telephone numbers for Private Eye nor POPLA, only payment telephone number.
Thanks... and sorry too!
On Wednesday, February 5, my little car lost the will to live at the junction of West Marsh Road and West Elloe bridge. A lovely man single-handedly pushed my car over the bridge and out of the way of traffic and I would like to thank him sincerely for his help.
Also, I apologise to everyone who was in the fast-growing queue behind me.
The car is now sorted, and I hope I won’t be a nuisance again in a hurry!