Scilly’s MP Calls On Sunday Trading Plans To Be Dropped

MP Derek Thomas

MP Derek Thomas

Scilly’s MP Derek Thomas is calling on the Chancellor to drop plans to allow councils to decide Sunday trading times.

He’s one of around twenty Tory rebels who could vote against the government.

Earlier this week Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark argued the case for the relaxation of the rules.

He says a change could allow shops to compete with online retailers as Sunday is said to be the most popular internet shopping day.

But our MP says that the current Sunday trading hours are a valued compromise that have worked for over 20 years and don’t require change.

He backs some faith groups and small business owners who want to ‘keep Sunday special.’

Mr Thomas argues that the current legislation strikes a balance for families to spend quality time together at the same time as allowing people to shop. And he says any change will mainly benefit bigger businesses.

The Government plan, announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, will probably be defeated in the Commons. The SNP say they will vote against the changes, because they think it could reduce wages.

14 Responses to Scilly’s MP Calls On Sunday Trading Plans To Be Dropped

  1. Adrian J,G. Davis November 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Dear Charlie D,
    You will know then that the current divided as how else do you explain the penguins that were swimming under my boat a year or two ago in the Galapagos?

    P.S. I hope your leg soon recovers!

    • Charlie Darwin November 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

      For Galapagos, read El Nino. And thank you good doctor for enquiring about my leg -it’s a lot better thank you, all the better for walking the hills near Valparaiso.
      You really do need to brush up on your science subjects. No A* for you young man.

  2. Ian T. November 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The point of the plans was that Councils should be allowed to set Sunday trading laws. This, if implemented, would cause the same sort of confusion as exists in the USA where alcohol laws vary from state to state and even county to county within a state.

    As for Christians being crazy, these ‘non-believers’ should stop referring to the contents of the Old Testament written by people who didn’t have the advantage of all the scientific knowledge we have today, and concentrate on the Christian way of life as preached by the profit Jesus and recorded in the New Testament.

    • Dai Ocese November 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      So what scientific knowledge did Jesus have? He turned water into wine -I know of a few pub landlords that would love to have the recipe for that little miracle -and the bread thing -tell the co-op. They (and we), would love to know how to put bread on to those lovely new shiny shelves, let alone feed the 5,000.
      The bible was one big Roman attempt to keep the masses in order. If only they knew the effect it has had since.

      • Ian T. November 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm

        You missed my point Dai. It was the way of life preached that is important not the allegorical stories. Why don’t you try it some day?

    • C. Wesley November 14, 2015 at 12:18 am

      Yes indeed, we could all profit if we heeded the word of the prophet.

      • Dai Ocese November 19, 2015 at 12:37 am

        Nicely pointed out Mr Wesley. Unfortunately, it was probably a ‘Freudian slip’ -because the prophet is now, all about profit. The Church is no longer a way of life, it is an embedded part of the establishment, supported and propped up by the Crown and Government -as it always has been, but now with no relevance to the majority of the population.
        Religion has had a fair run. Our lot has had 2,000 years and the other lot 1,500 years.
        So, 500 years ago, we saw people be-headed, burned alive and mass murder in the name of an imaginary figure that no one has ever seen, with no proof of ‘his’ existence.
        Fast forward 500 years to the present and what are we witnessing now? The other lot are where we were then.
        Please Ian T, do not try to lecture me about ‘a way of life’. You do not need a belief in an icon or a religion to be a good person -for that, you need a good upbringing and an open mind.
        The original story was about Sunday shopping. The first act was a compromise. The Church gave up on morning service, but insisted that the shops closed at 4pm to allow the faithful enough time to attend evening song. Aldi or a man in a dress -no competition really.

  3. Adrian Davis November 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    How do you know Dominic that penguins did not walk/swim to the Ark?
    Perhaps the Jackass penguins in South Africa got lost on the way–but I expect you can explain other wise!!!

    • Charlie Darwin November 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      It was down to ocean currents upwelling from Antarctica and causing a circular current between south America and south Africa. As a scientist, you should know this -or at least find out, before asking such a ludicrous question.
      If I had children at the local school, I would be seriously concerned about you being on the LA committee determining what the children are taught.

  4. Soutie November 11, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    We have lived in a country where Christianity has been the foundation of the laws, history and government for far too long and it’s time that thinking men like you stand up to those crazy Christian’s.

    We need disclosure. The penguin problem is far worse than many people know. There may be only 2 penguins in the picture in your book Dominic but Noah actually had 7 pairs of penguins (Gen7:3). That’s a lot of penguin smuggling and standing in the way of progress… especially when penguins can swim!.

  5. Dominic November 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Full disclosure necessary here…

    Derek Thomas is a practising Christian.

    Like all Christian’s, he wants to stand in the way of progress based on the writings of the Bible. This is a book which claims that two penguins walked from the south pole to get aboard the Ark.

    This man is representing you in complex negotiations with Whitehall. If you voted for him then give yourself a pat on the back. I also know of a grey seal who wants to run for School Governor if that’s of interest to you.

    • Alex November 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      As a Christian I find that comment extremely offensive.

      Whilst there are a few who do believe that the bible should be taken literally, most do not and certainly don’t believe that penguins walked from the South Pole!

      Many Christians shop on Sundays and are in favour of the changes. To say all Christians want to stand in the way of progress is simply not true.