National paper offers a damning view of Boston

Leader of Boston Borough Council Peter Bedford reading the copy of the Mail on Sunday review, which delivers a scathing report on Boston.
Leader of Boston Borough Council Peter Bedford reading the copy of the Mail on Sunday review, which delivers a scathing report on Boston.

BOSTON came under the spotlight at the weekend when it was the subject of a scathing feature in a national newspaper.

A damning view of life in the town was delivered in the four-page article in the Mail on Sunday, entitled Boston Lincolngrad, which focused on the changes rung by increasing immigration.

It paints Boston as a once-idyllic haven which has fallen victim to a tirade of anti-social behaviour, public urination and street drinking.

The article, by columnist Peter Hitchens, has been described as ‘cliched, jaundiced, inaccurate and one-sided’ by the leader of Boston Borough Council.

Coun Peter Bedford said: “It is an oversimplified description of today’s multi-cultural Boston – it lays down the impact on Boston of national and international policies but fails to suggest any solutions to the problems he perceives.

“It is tiresome to have to continually defend Boston and Bostonians against ill-educated clichéd criticisms, but I will continue to do it because of the uncomplaining manner in which the majority of sensible people in this proud town have managed the impact on their lives of European law.”

In the article, Hitchens describes a visit to Boston when he was charmed by the town. Returning 30 years on, he said he found ‘a somnolent and kindly town upset, alarmed and riven by mass immigration in its hardest and most uncompromising form’.

Some people in the town have agreed with the article.

One man, who asked to be called only Mr Sharp, told the Standard: “I concur with the situation about the frustrated resentment of decent people in this town. It is a very serious problem and I believe there will be more bloodshed and riots. We are on a slippery road to nowhere.”

Another resident said “There’s a growing feeling about it all.”

Coun Bedford has invited Peter Hitchens to return to the town to see how people are adapting to life in the new multi-cultural Boston and how the town deals with the ‘here and now’.

The journalist has not yet responded to the invitation.

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