Grantham has been made to look foolish on a national stage.
The debacle over the Margaret Thatcher statue is symptomatic of a deeper problem - an inability of the town to come to terms with its own history.
Like it or not - and I accept that a vociferous minority don’t like it - Margaret Thatcher is a world figure.
To deny this for narrow political point-scoring is denying Grantham’s place in the history of the 20th century.
Is this a town that produced giants on a world stage, or a by-passed railway halt?
The town’s community museum has proved that it lacks the vision, focus and courage to handle such an important issue. Surely, the time has come to think in terms of a separate and dedicated Margaret Thatcher Museum?