The Year That Could Change Everything

The year 2016 will be remembered as one that changed all our lives, for better or worse. The UK voted narrowly to leave the European Union. We don’t yet know what that means, although it was 6 months ago. The effects of that vote is now being noticed by rising inflation and higher holidays costs. The fall of Sterling and the downward pressure on the London stock market are still having an effect on the prices in our High Streets and our pensions. The people that voted to leave the EU still feel it was justified. Those that voted to remain in the EU feel very strongly that the vote has divided everyone and has led to an increase in the fear of others.

We have seen the terrible images from Syria, and terrorist killings around the world. The terrorist acts have come from people born into that country, and also from people around the world.

Some of the weapons used in the middle east come from the UK, the UK has participated in bombings in that area that have led to millions of people fleeing for their safety.

The UK has had record numbers of inward immigration, which has fueled the UKs growing economy, but it has not helped to increase peoples living standards. It has exacerbated our housing crisis, with many young people excluded from the housing market.

So whilst we have some issues made worse by immigration, in 2017 our decisions need to be made in the interests of making the UK a safe and prosperous place to live. We must campaign to fix the issues caused by immigration, that is what our MPs are elected to do, but they are failing.

In the last three Westminster by-elections the Liberal Democrats have been the only party rising in popularity, although they only gained one parliamentary seat. The values of the Liberals Democrats are ones which will help to make the UK a better place to live. The old two party system seems to be waning. Vote for the wrong party and the result could be the election of the divisive right wing, or a wasted vote for the left.

Kind regards ..  Nigel

N Bywater

3 Oak Grove

Morley

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