Rob Wilson's Westminster Diary: June 7, 2012
Published 8 Jun 2012 09:30 3 Comments
Despite the wet and windy long weekend, we have seen wonderful Diamond Jubilee celebrations across my Reading East constituency. Although the Daily Mail (and other media) keep telling me MPs are on a 17 day 'holiday' because Westminster isn't sitting, I've been criss crossing Reading to attend street parties, fetes, fairs and picnics (in addition to my other duties).
By Sunday I had covered every last nook and cranny and it has been wonderful meeting so many people and enjoying all the events.
I would like to thank all those people who have put their time and effort into making this weekend such a lovely and special one for children and families, as we all will remember this for decades to come.
I still remember the Silver Jubilee celebrations as a 12-year-old and I still have the white mug with silver print of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on either side! So a big thank you to each and every one of the army of volunteers who have made the street parties, fairs and fetes special for both Her Majesty and everyone else in my constituency.
The celebrations have given us all a lift in these challenging times. I hope that the patriotic fervour will run on straight into the football European Championships, which begin at the end of the week. My advice is to leave up your bunting and your flags and add a few more if you can. Expectations for England are low and we have an untested manager, so there's every chance that we can exceed expectations.
But why stop there? After the football, we move onto the Olympic Games and it's not long now until the torch comes to Reading. My advice, still, is to keep your bunting up and add even more flags.
With a bit of luck, we can ride this patriotic wave and see all that is good in our country until at least late September. By then, nobody will want to be miserable because we, as a town and country, will have had one of the best summers of our collective lifetime.
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Jun 8, 11:20
The MP for Reading East looking on the bright side and ignoring the record youth unemployment, the use of unpaid and badly treated labour during the events (which will probably continue as the same company is involved in the Olympics), and other issues.
His rose tinted classes are working well.
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Reader from Reading
Jun 8, 21:19
Jun 9, 05:31
yesjohn the labour council have been in power for 20 years and look at the chaos the road system going around and around and around where the common sense the tc is a danger to pedestrian about turn try this way than that way as you arrive by train you see plastic ski roofs next to historic designed building rather than trying to be clever and scoring brownie points take a good look at yourselves personally l have no time for politicans or little tin soldiers look what they done to our nation
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