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A Tribute to Nigel Spearing

A Tribute to Nigel Spearing

A Tribute to Nigel Spearing

Last week, another friend died: Nigel Spearing.
Nigel Spearing was one of that generation of eurosceptics who mean so much to those of us who first came into the eurosceptic understanding at the time of Maastricht. Nigel was MP, a Labout MP, for Newham in London.
He was a certain kind of Labour that you still found in those days. He was a christian, a memmber of one of those non-conformist protestestant chuches that I did not understand when I first met him. Only more recently have I come to understand why Church of England will not always do. This is the most important thing about him, his faith, because it was the root of his integrity and why he was such a powerful example to those who, when we met him, were young.
People may remember his cycling everywhere and his willingness to offer long and indepth explanations of important political points or parliamentary proceedure - if you weren't careful. Constituents will remember his service.
Obituaries will have lists of his deeds but it is not what he did I remember but what he was. It is his shining goodness as a man that our generation of eurosceptics will have experienced. You see, the nature of his opposition to the EU was about what is really good in the political life of people. It is what, deep down, working class people knew they were really voting for when they voted for Brexit.
If men like Spearing were building the post-Brexit Britain, the post-Brexit Europe, then we could have confidence it would be something truly beautiful to all good people.
It is why I want to remember his example - so that we might not fail.

Nigel was 86 when he died.

(8 October 1930 – 8 January 2017)