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Grantham Journal letter: Attempt to get support?

Grantham MP Nick Boles promotes his on-line petition for free car parking in the town. Photo: 0178A

Grantham MP Nick Boles promotes his on-line petition for free car parking in the town. Photo: 0178A

What are we to make of Nick Boles’ new-found commitment to free parking in Grantham (and Stamford) and his petition?

UKIP is taking votes from the Tory Right, Labour is picking up support from more Left-leaning Liberal Democrat voters and there is always the possibility of an Independent standing. Suddenly Mr Boles’ safe seat from which to base his career in Westminster is looking like a three or four-way marginal. This looks like a cyncial attempt to get support. And why has the petition got his photo all over it? I have been politcally involved for over 30 years. I have collected for many petitions in that time and signed alot more. But I have never, ever, seen a petition with the organiser’s photo on it. It seems to be all about Nick Boles. I also note that it only exists online. Presumably, this is so Mr Boles can collect signatures without havng to actually set foot in the constituency. And yet...even a clock that is stopped is right twice a day. Maybe, at last, Mr Boles’ minute has come. Some of us have been saying for years that Grantham needs free parking, so that the smaller shops and market stalls can compete with the supermarkets (which all have two hours’ free parking already). No town which has regenerated itself in the last 20 years has done it without getting the car parking right and surely it is now Grantham’s turn? I do not trust Mr Boles’motives and I will not be signing his petition, but it is good to see him come round to a sensible point of view.

John Morgan

Harrowby Road, Grantham

 

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