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WEEKEND WEB: Spalding Guardian letters

READERS' PHOTOS: John Butler took this picture of statues buried in the snow at his home in Churchill Drive, Spalding.
READERS' PHOTOS: John Butler took this picture of statues buried in the snow at his home in Churchill Drive, Spalding.

Your views on the snow, education, speed watch and Brexit... plus Thought For The Week

Thanks for all your help during snow

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

We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone in South Holland district who has worked so hard during the snowy weather to try and keep our residents safe, our vital services running and our road networks clear.

From farmers and businesses using their tractors and 4x4 vehicles to rescue stranded motorists from snow drifts, to businesses and charities providing emergency care or hot meals to those that need them, so many people – including the emergency services and our own staff – have gone above and beyond to keep us safe.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones

Executive Member for Place at South Holland Council

Would a volunteer fine a friend or neighbour?

Yes I agree with Mr Sismey regarding volunteer speed watch (‘We pay taxes for policing so why use volunteers’.)

With all the villagers complaining about speeders I suggest get on to your local council and lobby for speed reduction humps – they work in Eye Green and Woolram Wygate

Furthermore, would a volunteer give a fine to their friends or the neighbours?

Let the police do their job That’s what we pay for – simple.

Peter Jackson

via email

The school should have listened to student’s dad

Regarding Spalding Grammar School not letting one of its students attened a Sea Cadets course in term time, I think it it is out of order that the school did not listen to his dad Mick Findall. Would it be different if it was work experience?

I think the head is against anything to do with the Ministry of Defence but if it had been football or any kind of sport he would have said yes.

All the head is doing is holding the lad back from a career he wants to to do.

Good luck to the lad and I hope he gets what he wants as the MOD will put him in the right direction, teach him how to respect others as well as discipline.

Nigel Lake

via email

Derogatory about his constituents

Here we go again... for the second time in as many weeks our MP, John Hayes, has made derogatory comments about 13,074 of his constituents, who voted to remain in the EU.

In ‘Hayes in the House’ last week he writes, and I quote, to finally “thwart the snarling and whining of the Brexit deniers and unrepentant Europhiles”.

These offensive words will really not do, Mr Hayes. They insult those who hold different opinions to you. They are also unbecoming in a man who has been elected to represent all his constituents.

I have taken Mr Hayes to task previously for similar utterances in ‘Hayes in the House’, asking him for less triumphalism and more humility.

Instead, he continues to ratchet up his rhetoric, causing even more upset and division which has sadly resulted from the outcome of the Referendum.

Mr Hayes obviously feels so safe in his majority that he can insult many of his constituents with impunity.

B Etchells

via email

Thank you for listening to the people

It is good to know that our excellent local MP John Hayes and a large number of his Conservative colleagues in Parliament fully understand what the people of South Holland & The Deepings and Great Britain were demanding when we voted to leave the EU.

As the local Vote Leave constituency co-ordinator, I echo precisely what John Hayes said in his latest article. We voted to leave the EU, the single market and the customs union. We the people voted to take back control of our laws, borders and money. We did not vote for half in, half out; we did not vote for a Brexit in name only; we voted for a clean Brexit that puts Britain first.

Unlike Jeremy Corbyn, John Hayes has not betrayed our trust. I know that John is a true Leaver because we have been campaigning together for over 25 years to free Great Britain from the shackles of the EU. Both our fathers fought on the WW2 battlefields of North Africa and Europe to defend our country’s right to self-determination, liberty and freedom. They did not fight for Britain to become the vassal state of an un-elected dictatorship.

John and I have been fighting to defend those same freedoms – to be enjoyed by our children, grandchildren, and future generations – in an altogether different way, for this battle has not been fought with bullets and bombs, it is a battle – a takeover – that the EU has been waging by stealth in the shadows. However, the EU underestimated the British love of freedom, which has always steeled our spines.

It is also clear that Theresa May – from her speech on Friday – also fully understands what we wanted when we voted to become an independent, self-governing nation once again. She too respects the outcome of the referendum.

But, what a shame that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have still not got the message. As Labour MPs Frank Field and Caroline Flint have said: “Jeremy Corbyn is ratting on all those Labour voters who voted to Leave the EU in 2016.”

Worse still, leaks about Corbyn’s visits to Brussels and meetings with Mr Barnier – The EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator – and those of other senior Labour Shadow Ministers, raise the question of collusion with the EU to keep Britain in the Customs Union, and by default in the EU in a deliberate attempt to undermine and weaken Britain’s negotiating position in the forthcoming trade negotiations.

What a cynical act of national betrayal and indeed high treason by the Labour Party. They seem to forget that only a few months ago they stood for election on a manifesto that committed them to leaving the EU, Single Market and Customs Union. Those manifesto commitments only lasted slightly longer than those on student tuition fees. First Corbyn ratted on university students, and now he is ratting on all those who voted to leave the EU.

Labour has chosen to put opportunism and personal political ambition ahead of Britain, the national interest and the electorate. We in the local and national Vote Leave movement will never forget this treachery and betrayal of the people.

Fortunately, in John Hayes we do have an MP who truly respects the outcome of the referendum – so thank you for continuing to listen to the people John.

Craig Jackson

Vote Leave Constituency Co-Ordinator , South Holland & The Deepings

Thought For The Week

Now that the “Beast from the East” has gone west, I can’t help lament the fact that somehow we are all that little bit poorer as a society this week, than we were this time last week when it was still with us, although I wouldn’t want it to return. Please permit me to explain.

Whilst we were all being held in its jaws and claws, and we faced a common adversary together, it brought the best out in all of us and a great sense of community (common unity) began to emerge amongst us, even though it was just for a brief period, where we were all ready and willing to help one another.

Now that we are no longer in its grip it seems like once again it is everyone for themselves and that sense of rediscovered community spirit is now quickly in danger of submerging back again into our British reserve.

Jesus taught us to “love our neighbour as ourselves” and, whilst that is not always easy to do, or to live up to, if we can manage it then that sense of community will always be with all of us all of the time and we will all be the richer for it – beast or no beast.

Pastor Kevin Taylor

South Holland Community Church, Spalding.


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