LETTER: I can’t recall being so proud of a mayor

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May I thank Father Wedge, associate rector for Boston, for his moving Christmas message to Standard readers in the Christmas Eve edition of the paper.

If we heed to Father Wedge’s message life I am sure will be more fulfilling for us all in the coming year.

Although I have been a resident of Boston for 70-plus years I cannot recall the town being inspired and so proud of the mayor as we are of the present incumbent Coun Paul Kenny.

I am sure many readers were moved by his Christmas message delivered in The Standard with great humility. My guess is that in mentioning all the gallant volunteers and workers in the floods aftermath his modesty prevented him from fully explaining his role of leading by example.

Not once has he attempted to score political points, ie blaming shortage of sandbags etc on cuts to government funding. When future generations of Bostonians look into the local history books Coun Kenny will be featured. Many thanks from the present generation of Bostonians to the Mayor and Mayoress.

The Christmas message from our MP Mark Simmonds was of slightly different nature to that of Father Wedge and the Mayor of Boston. Mr Simmonds varied by the fact that his message appeared to attempt to score political points by mentioning GDP forecasts etc.

While this may interest FTSE100 directors, bankers and MPs, it gives little cheer to his many constituents who have seen their real income erode over the last three years.

Mr Simmonds has been an avid backer of Iain Duncan Smith’s failing welfare reforms, therefore I think many of his constituents like those elderly and disabled hit by the ‘bedroom tax’ and those all hit with slashed benefits will be disappointed his message did not contain words of comfort for them.

And let’s not forget the increasing homelessness among the threefold increase of visitors to food banks, nor hard working people having to resort to payday loan sharks. Let’s all spare a though and not forget the increasing number of these vulnerable people.

Peter Walmsley