Hopefully 2019 will bring about a new chapter
2018 has been a tough year for many people, with the uncertainty that has embedded our work places and communities brought on by the divisions and shambolic Brexit negotiations.
Production has slowed down and the uncertainty grips one of our biggest sectors in the UK. The automotive industry accounts for an £82billion turnover, employing over 180,000 workers and accounting for 12 per cent of the total export of goods from this country. Yet despite all the warnings and concerns from unions, politicians and trade groups, the industry is still unsure how steep the fall will be from the cliff edge as it crumbles away next March.
It is absolutely amazing how the government can be utterly immune from the warnings given to them about manufacturing in the UK. What will it take for the government to protect UK manufacturing. Whether it's automotive parts or finished vehicles, the industry and its workforce rely on swift, frictionless imports and exports which will be drastically affected by a hard Brexit. Due to this government's inability to deliver a Brexit deal for workers, jobs are bound to be at risk.
It's been ten years since the financial crash where the Tories saw the chance of years of austerty that clearly has not worked. Over 300,000 finance workers have lost their jobs as we see thousands of bank branches close. Many of these closures are by the bailed out banks who continue to make millions in profits while fuelling the demise of our high streets.
So as the year draws to a close I would like to look forward to a new chapter that might open in 2019. An end to division, hope not hate, a united Britain and a post Brexit of change, the Labour change that this country needs.
On behalf of myself and the South Holland and The Deepings CLP I wish you all and your family the very best for Christmas and New Year.
Leave means leave
Seeing the news about Brexit is like watching a two horse race - there is only one winner.
We voted to Leave and Leave means Leave (those who didn't vote... tough) so the Government and the rest of those in Parliament should be behind what the people Voted for. Leave means LEAVE.
No deal Brexit is likely the best thing
Mrs May's handling of our leaving the EU amounts to her putting us under the EU and compromising the integrity of the UK with her Ulster Backstop. Did anyone - Brexiters or Remainers - vote for this? I think not.
A No Deal Brexit is likely the best thing. We need to be out of the EU and neither in it or under it. Let us look forward, then, to a No Deal Brexit on World Trade Organisation terms. We will rapidly adjust to this and the long-run benefits will truly deliver what the people have voted for.