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Time to reassess Brexit

By Spalding Today Letters

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (4539747)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (4539747)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (4539747)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (4539747)

Under the headline, "'Brexit DOES NOT guarantee success' Brexiteer Liam Fox in SHOCK announcement", the Daily Express reported on September 10 that Liam Fox now says...

  • "We have got to be rational and say that everything will not be wonderful just because we're leaving the European Union."
  • "That is not a guarantee that everything will be rosy on the other side."
  • "Let's not have an irrational positivity."

Remember it was Liam Fox who, in 2016, told us that reaching a deal with the EU would be "the easiest trade deal in human history".

What I hate most – other than man's inhumanity to man, racism and inequality – is politicians knowingly lying to me. Liam Fox is a leading Brexiteer who will make money after Brexit, just like Jacob Rees-Mogg, John Redwood etc, and rich hedge fund managers, like Crispin Odey, who can make a profit in a falling market by 'short-selling'.

Meanwhile, the lives of rest of us will be ruined by Brexit, while wealthy Brexiteers will feel no pain.

In contrast, in California, which has used referenda since 1856, voters must know precisely what they're voting for or against.

In 2016, no one in the UK knew what the terms of Brexit might be – albeit Brexiteers like Liam Fox promised Brexit would pave the way for "the sunlit uplands of prosperity" etc.

We now know this outcome is impossible. So, let's give voters a final say on the terms on offer. What could be more democratic than this?

Alan Meekings

by email

Thanks for supporting coffee morning

On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support I would like to thank all the people that supported the coffee morning in Moulton Seas End on Friday.

The idea for a village event was started 20 years ago by Sheila Cundy and Vera Angelo, who are both sadly no longer with us, but due to their vision, close to £50,000 has been raised over the years.

Vera worked tirelessly with baking and jam making and was sorely missed this year.

However, a very successful coffee morning in the village raised over £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thanks to everyone who baked, served tea and coffee, manned the stalls and just came along to join us. Apart from the fundraising, it is a great way for friends to catch up and forget about calories for a short while.

As a local fundraiser, and voice for anyone who has been touched by cancer, I would personally like to thank everyone that has hosted or supported a coffee morning locally. Your generosity with both time and cash is very much needed and appreciated

Carolyn Naylor

Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Committee

Thanks for catching me

I would like to thank the brilliant, quick-thinking gentleman who stopped me from falling when I tripped into the chip shop last Friday!

I am very grateful.

Jill Sprigden


Thought For The Week

We’ve actually had a really hot, sunny summer this year, which has broken all records. Most people have enjoyed the hot weather, whereas others found it difficult to cope as day after day, the constant heat sapped their energy.

The great British topic of conversation is traditionally about the weather, usually having a moan because it is not to our liking. Whatever one person may enjoy, another will find too hot or too cold.

Now the nights are drawing in, and we have the prospect of much colder temperatures, with frost and even snow to come.

Around this time of the year many churches have Harvest Festival services to give thanks to God for the crops which have needed both sun and rain to grow successfully.

Sadly, giving thanks is not something we are usually inclined to do, often preferring to complain about everything.

We might enjoy life much more if we could find the good things in each season to be glad about. It could give us a new outlook on our life if each day we were able to give thanks for those good things and all that is positive in our lives, come rain or shine.

Rev’d Pat Willson

Minister St Paul’s Church, Spalding


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