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The Navy will teach him all they need him to know

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon

Regarding the articles about the student who Spalding Grammar School will not let attend a Sea Cadets course during term time , I regret I can see no reason why a boy of 14 needs ‘weapons training’.

It is ludicrous and I can assure him that should he actually join the Royal Navy in a few years they will teach him all they need him to know.

It will have no bearing on his application whatsoever.

Barbara Briggs

via email

Trump reading from same page as UKIP

I read with interest reports that President Trump’s proposed budget was recommending cutting funds for renewable energy by up to a third.

It is almost as if he has read UKIP’s policies on the topic!

I sit on the European Parliament’s energy committee, (ITRE), so have a particular interest on this matter.

I recently spoke in Parliament on how we must achieve a balanced energy policy.

The EU Commission wants further help from Member States in meeting energy and climate targets. But what damage is being done trying to meet these artificial targets?

The continued imposition by the Commission of never-ending objectives for emissions reductions is forcing the investment of vast amounts of money for activity that will have little or no effect on the climate.

Global CO2 emissions will probably keep rising unaffected by these measures.

These policies are leading to a massive exit of industry and investment from EU countries to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards and could, ultimately, increase emissions of CO2.

President Trump is reading from the same page it seems as he seeks to protect US interests.

Heavy industry including the cement, steel, aluminium and chemical sectors are moving factories and jobs out of the EU, leading to a ‘leakage’ of CO2 emissions without environmental benefits.

For our part, we need to stop this right now and have a balanced energy approach using methods which are competitive and work with industry, not against it.

Jonathan Bullock

MEP for the East Midlands


Love is in the air, sang John Paul Young in 1977. I’m sure it has been again this week.

But love is often a misunderstood concept. Weak knees, butterflies in the tummy, the sound of violins, an increased heartrate are all associated with it. And so they should be, they do have a part to play. But it is more than that as I discovered long ago when I broke up with my then-girlfriend. Some time later I wrote a little poem:

“There’s more to love than the thump of a heart,

There’s more than just feeling – that’s only a part,

Of the picture I find, Conjured up in my mind,

There’s more to love than just that!”

Many years earlier a man called Paul wrote: “Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, does not dishonour others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (The Bible). If we can learn to live like this, acting in ways like these, then we will truly love one another.

And the girlfriend? She is now my wife of 43 years! And, yes, she did receive a Valentine’s card yesterday!

Keith Rowbottom

Supernumerary Minister, South Holland Methodist Circuit


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