It’s time to cast away our British moans and rejoice, says North Wiltshire MP James Gray

This Is Wiltshire: North Wiltshire MP James Gray says that the less fortunate and those working should be remembered at Christmas North Wiltshire MP James Gray says that the less fortunate and those working should be remembered at Christmas

On December 24, 1777, Captain Cook and the crew of HMS Resolution discovered an uninhabited island, which he named ‘Christmas Island’.

He wrote in his journal: “On the 25th we kept Christmas in much mirth and festivity.

“The ships being safely moored, the men were allowed the whole day to amuse themselves, and every one had a pint of brandy to drink health to their friends in Old England.”

Well, we’ve been having a pretty merry time in North Wiltshire too, although I hope none of us has consumed a pint of brandy in a day!

I have had carols and mince pies (two of my favourite things) aplenty, and mulled wine enough to float a fleet.

Dinners and receptions, church services, Christmas trees, holly and ivy festooning us all.

We should have enjoyed the turkey and all the trimmings, and on Boxing Day a spot of exercise to work off our Christmas dinners. (Maybe we will even have a look in to the local hunt meet at Lacock, which I will unfortunately have to miss this year.)

It is good to spend a moment thinking of those less fortunate than we at Christmas – the homeless, the lonely, the hungry, the sick.

And let us not forget those who have to work – police, fire and ambulance workers; local authority workers; and perhaps above all the men and women for our armed forces, so many of them from this area, who are in Afghanistan or deployed elsewhere around the world and separated from the bosom of their families.

Yet let us also give thanks for so much that is so good for most of us in an area like this.

We have relative prosperity, decent health, at least compared to much of the world, and in stark contrast to earlier generations, even here, we have a lovely area to live in, and a pretty good way of life overall.

So let us cast away our great British moans and groans (the weather, cricket results, politics), and let us rejoice in all the good things around us.

Eat, drink and be merry. (But try to avoid the pint of brandy.) With my warmest best wishes to you all for a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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8:26am Tue 24 Dec 13

mhudston says...

Nice to think that James Gray MP, thinks of Drunk Sailors, himself and the Hunting of Animals for fun, before the Homeless, Sick and our Emergency Services that look after them!
Nice to think that James Gray MP, thinks of Drunk Sailors, himself and the Hunting of Animals for fun, before the Homeless, Sick and our Emergency Services that look after them! mhudston

8:03am Wed 25 Dec 13

brasstacks says...

The ONLY "prosperity and good health" in Wiltshire is that being enjoyed by the Leader and her Politiclal Team..

Along with Andrew Murrison's obsession with War, Mr Gray should be reminded that his "christmas" will be on a different scale to the REAL People of Wiltshire ?..

There are many People in Wiltshire who struggle to afford a Pint of Milk let alone "a pint of brandy" and Mr Gray's "message" is an appalling insult to many..

The People of Wiltshire have always been supportive of others in need and often think of others less fortunate than themselves....

It is time now for Mr Gray and his fellow affluent Senior Councillors to remember that Charity DOES begin at home and moreover, the provision of Services that are being denied us all in Wiltshire because of obsessive Political and sadly....personal greed..
The ONLY "prosperity and good health" in Wiltshire is that being enjoyed by the Leader and her Politiclal Team.. Along with Andrew Murrison's obsession with War, Mr Gray should be reminded that his "christmas" will be on a different scale to the REAL People of Wiltshire ?.. There are many People in Wiltshire who struggle to afford a Pint of Milk let alone "a pint of brandy" and Mr Gray's "message" is an appalling insult to many.. The People of Wiltshire have always been supportive of others in need and often think of others less fortunate than themselves.... It is time now for Mr Gray and his fellow affluent Senior Councillors to remember that Charity DOES begin at home and moreover, the provision of Services that are being denied us all in Wiltshire because of obsessive Political and sadly....personal greed.. brasstacks

2:55pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Laptop_Larry says...

mhudston wrote:
Nice to think that James Gray MP, thinks of Drunk Sailors, himself and the Hunting of Animals for fun, before the Homeless, Sick and our Emergency Services that look after them!
You should read the article again. The pint of brandy was a quote from Captain Cook and nowhere was there a mention of hunting animals for fun (which was stopped by Blair and co to make a political point - remember that foxes are VERMIN which must be controlled).
[quote][p][bold]mhudston[/bold] wrote: Nice to think that James Gray MP, thinks of Drunk Sailors, himself and the Hunting of Animals for fun, before the Homeless, Sick and our Emergency Services that look after them![/p][/quote]You should read the article again. The pint of brandy was a quote from Captain Cook and nowhere was there a mention of hunting animals for fun (which was stopped by Blair and co to make a political point - remember that foxes are VERMIN which must be controlled). Laptop_Larry

6:38pm Thu 26 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control.
So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control. kimcrawley

10:12am Fri 27 Dec 13

Laptop_Larry says...

kimcrawley wrote:
So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control.
I didn't say I am a Tory.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control.[/p][/quote]I didn't say I am a Tory. Laptop_Larry

10:48am Fri 27 Dec 13

lordbuckethead says...

from the man who.....

allegedly photograped a dying soldier on a runway in Afghanistan
left his wife while she was fighting breast cancer
claimed for a remembrance day wreath on expenses
claimed £2000 expenses for a house on the same day he moved out of said house

nice guy
from the man who..... allegedly photograped a dying soldier on a runway in Afghanistan left his wife while she was fighting breast cancer claimed for a remembrance day wreath on expenses claimed £2000 expenses for a house on the same day he moved out of said house nice guy lordbuckethead

5:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

"It is good to spend a moment thinking of those less fortunate than we at Christmas – the homeless, the lonely, the hungry, the sick."

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A 'moment' ?. I very much doubt you spend that long thinking about them.
"It is good to spend a moment thinking of those less fortunate than we at Christmas – the homeless, the lonely, the hungry, the sick." ----------- A 'moment' ?. I very much doubt you spend that long thinking about them. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

5:11pm Fri 27 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

When I read the drunken ramblings of this overprivileged, out-of-touch, self indulgent stuffed shirt, I really do wonder about the sanity of the people that keep voting him in !

Happy new year.
When I read the drunken ramblings of this overprivileged, out-of-touch, self indulgent stuffed shirt, I really do wonder about the sanity of the people that keep voting him in ! Happy new year. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

5:35pm Fri 27 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote:
When I read the drunken ramblings of this overprivileged, out-of-touch, self indulgent stuffed shirt, I really do wonder about the sanity of the people that keep voting him in !

Happy new year.
Spot on. The same people who think it's ok for the Lawsons of this world to snort Charlie and smoke weed and for hunters to break the law regularly.
Yet want to bang up every teenager for any law breaking.
Think it's a good idea to line the pockets of Rachmanite landlords and not build houses.
Subsidise Tesco's workforce with tax credits rather than pay a fair days pay.
Why can't we have a referendum on hunting?
The result would shut the vile hunters up for once and all. (Cameron won't let them have a free vote because the vast majority of MPs oppose hunting. Apart from the swivel eyed loons that do.)
[quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: When I read the drunken ramblings of this overprivileged, out-of-touch, self indulgent stuffed shirt, I really do wonder about the sanity of the people that keep voting him in ! Happy new year.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The same people who think it's ok for the Lawsons of this world to snort Charlie and smoke weed and for hunters to break the law regularly. Yet want to bang up every teenager for any law breaking. Think it's a good idea to line the pockets of Rachmanite landlords and not build houses. Subsidise Tesco's workforce with tax credits rather than pay a fair days pay. Why can't we have a referendum on hunting? The result would shut the vile hunters up for once and all. (Cameron won't let them have a free vote because the vast majority of MPs oppose hunting. Apart from the swivel eyed loons that do.) kimcrawley

11:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

politepanda says...

kimcrawley wrote:
So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control.
Oh yes.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: So a lap top tory thinks vermin should be controlled - so do I. The problem is that somehow the vermin are in control.[/p][/quote]Oh yes. politepanda

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