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Your views on Brexit, academy plans and education

Our economy will be boosted by £650billion

John Elson's Free Press cartoon
John Elson's Free Press cartoon

Contrary to what Mr Meekings continues to suggest, a recent report by eminent economist Professor Patrick Minford explains why Brexit will boost the British economy by an additional £650billion. This is the equivalent of boosting UK growth by a third every year.

It is also worth noting that Minford has been correct in his forecasts of the major economic changes in Britain over the last 35 years, unlike the IMF, CBI and Treasury who failed to predict previous crashes and recessions, and are continuing to use the discredited forecasting models that they used as part of ‘Project Fear’.

The report is available for readers to view at: www.economistsforfreetrade.com

As the report explains: “Britain will have a competitive currency for some time and be able to leverage its newly-won economic freedoms, giving it a highly-competitive economy.

“The repatriation of fisheries and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy will be a boost. The savings from the net contribution, no longer paid to the EU, can be invested in healthcare, infrastructure and digital while providing tax breaks for business and individuals, boosting both growth and tax receipts.”

Fortunately, those fighting for maximum divergence from the shackles of EU red tape – which costs the UK economy £240billion every year – are winning the battle in Government for a clean Brexit. Better regulation will provide a competitive edge, and the removal of external tariffs will deliver a massive boost for low income families in our area as food, clothes and the cost of other household goods are slashed.

EFT estimate that the effect of the boost in growth accrued from leveraging our economic freedoms combined with the impact of tariffs would produce a startling outcome. Calculated on the basis of Net Present Value (NPV) over 10 years, the EU economy will lose by £507billion while the British economy will gain by over £650billion.

The measure of success of Brexit, as set out by the British electorate, is whether we take back control of our laws, money, economy and borders.

However, the above calculations might help explain why so many entrepreneurs and business owners are committed to the Brexit cause and are calling for as much regulatory divergence from the EU as possible, as well as, the ability to negotiate our own free trade deals.

It is time for the remoaners to embrace Brexit – 90 per cent of all the future economic growth over the next century is going to come from outside of the EU. Global Britain will be ready to tap into that future growth and enjoy the benefits of new free trade deals. Our alliance of English speaking nations – USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – are ready to sign those new trade deals as soon as they can. We share more than just a belief in freedom and independence, free trade, and the rule of law – we also have our common language – English, which is the business language of the world.

Craig Jackson

Vote Leave constituency coordinator

Councillor: what I have done for residents

I was first made aware of Springwell Academy potentially taking occupation of the Post 16 Centre by a resident. I acted on the information immediately and arranged a meeting with the head of Spalding High School to discuss the matter.

It became clear during this meeting that this was not an issue which could be dealt with at district council level, but required the attention of the MP. I immediately contacted John Hayes’ office and arranged a second meeting with him and the head.

Following the public meeting in December, I received emails from residents to further convey their concerns regarding the new proposals for the property. I have passed on these concerns and have yet to receive a response.

I have also received no further information with regards to the proposed new occupants or future use. As soon as I do, I will be writing to not only the residents who contacted me, but also the residents who have not yet made representation to inform them of any further information I receive.

As a district councillor, there is very little I can do other than to lobby and act as a spokesperson for the concerned residents. I attended the public meeting in order to lobby and spoke on the matter at length, voicing the concerns of the residents.

The only area so far which has fallen under the remit of the district council is in relation to a planning application for a fence and recreation area. I voted against this at committee.

Many of the concerns with validity such as traffic movement, parking and highways safety, fall under the remit of the county council. The building itself, I believe to be under the remit of the Education Authority and the Department for Education.

I have had a meeting with the county councillor for the Ward and updated her with the information I had received. She was also shocked and disappointed that she had not received any form of correspondence or consultation from the proposed new occupants and was looking to investigate further.

I will continue to push for further information and will do everything possible to continue to represent and voice the concerns of the residents. I hope to have some information to go back to residents with in the near future once further progress is publicised.

Unfortunately, due to the level at which the prospective deal with Springwell Academy is being discussed, as a district councillor, I have as much influence as a member of the public and furthermore, the organisations involved do not have an obligation to provide me with information should they not wish or feel the need to do so.

I can completely understand the frustration of the residents and empathise, as they, like me, are most likely feeling that this is a ‘done deal’ and that they have been kept in the dark and not consulted correctly.

Springwell Academy provide an extremely important service to the community and one which I have a great amount of respect for, but I believe the question must be asked as to whether their proposed location is the most suitable.

Harry Drury

District Councillor for Spalding St Mary’s

I hope our MP’s concern will spread to his colleagues

I was pleased to read in last week’s ‘Hayes in the House’ column that John Hayes MP has distanced himself from “Those myopically preoccupied with cost ... “.

I hope that John’s opinion, and his concern for public sector staff in the Palace of Westminster, will spread amongst his colleagues and will extend to the people who provide the whole range of public-sector services, and not only those who serve MPs directly in the Palace .

Roger Smith

via email

Perhaps he can explain his educational philosophy

Regarding Spalding Grammar denying a student the chance to go on a Sea Cadet course during school time, perhaps the headmaster might like to write an article for the Free Press explaining his educational philosophy, so that we can all properly judge the wisdom of his decision.

James Daniels

via email


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