Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 26th June

 Rose.JPGIt's been a very tough week.  Beginning with the emotional recall of parliament to honour my murdered friend and colleague Jo Cox, it ended with the decision of the British people to leave the European Union.  A decision that saddens me enormously but a decision I respect. 

 I'm particularly saddened by the way the views of the under 45s, who will feel most the impact of this decision and voted overwhelmingly in favour of remain, has been eclipsed.  I'd predicted the greatest period of political and economic instability since the Second World War if we chose to leave the EU.  Sadly my prediction is now coming to pass.  The Prime Minister has resigned and the Leader of the Opposition's position is under threat.  The markets have tumbled, the pound has fallen and businesses are reporting that they are putting any investments on hold. 

 Meanwhile the leaders of the Leave campaign are saying that they never promised that the £350 million a week they said the EU cost us would be spent on the NHS.  Neither did they say that coming out of the EU would allow us to control immigration, the issue people understandably felt so strongly about!  And anyway there's no rush to get on with leaving the EU - we can take our time.  Amazing stuff!  But if the Leave campaigners were thoroughly dishonest the Remain campaign is equally responsible for the outcome; failing to connect with the reasonable concerns of people and instead patronising them with exaggerated claims of the doom to come. 

 Our responsibility now is to carry out the will of the people which is what I, along with everyone else, will get on with doing.

  In other news I enjoyed meeting adult learners at Ashby Link and spent a very enjoyable time at Bottesford Baptist Church's coffee morning. 

 I joined other community leaders at the Islamic centre Mosque to share in the end of day's fasting. 

 I caught up with the work of the Stroke Association locally and joined WASPI campaigners for their local meeting.Stroke.JPG 

 I dropped into Grange Lane Primary to see their fantastic new school and thank parents, pupils, staff and friends of the school for the great work they are doing.   

 

Admin_c.JPGAs ever it was good to meet many local businesses at the Admin Centre's Open Day.  And I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet many local British Steel Pension Scheme pensioners at the local meeting to share responses to the Government's consultation on the future of the scheme.

 Finally, I capped off the week wandering round the beautiful gardens of Hibaldstow and seeing the imaginative scarecrows local people had made.

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