It does appear from the local press over time, that Oxford city has a more robust enforcement planning team than SODC.
Quite often leaving certain types of development /activities, means there is a loss of income to the council & also to the tax payer. This in turn, will often have an adverse impact of the provision of public services.

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In my view, the campaign to leave or stay, saturated the TV to the extent it ‘switched’ people off. As did the acrimonious campaign by some.
Now the people have spoken – some want another referendum because the vote did not go their way.
I also think that some people are somewhat patronising to those that voted out.
From my conversations with some of those that voted out – voted out for quite clear legitimate reasons.

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In my personal opinion, councillor Margaret Turner’s change of situation warrants the need for a by election.
It appears she is also Chairperson of SODC & she does not want anything to get in the way of that.
This sentiment shows self interest, rather than what is in the best interest of SODC & Didcot residents.

According to the local media- Margaret has made a big issue of the fact that residents elected her.
This point technically is not true because people vote for a wide range of reasons which include
1) protest against a national political party / national issue(s)
2) Voting for a specific political party – regardless of who the candidate is
3) Voting against specific political parties
4) voting for a specific candidate.

I did submit a letter to the local press, however, a key part of my letter was not printed !

In my view, in the name of democracy- a by- election should be held.
The behaviour of Margaret on this issue, gives evidence as to
1) why people do not bother to vote at election time
2) many believe that councillors are there for self interest.

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The Labour leadership election, has become a farce and in my view should be suspended until a proper & fair process is set in place. The shambles being played out in the press, surely does not inspire people to vote for Labour to govern our country.
The farce surrounding the ‘new’ £3 membership which apparently allows these people to take part in the current leadership election.
In the media there have been people excluded. In lay terms there are 2 reasons given for the exclusions these being
1) the person(s) have acted against the ethos of the Labour party previously.
2) the purpose is to infiltrate the Labour party & sabbotage it !

Let me take these 2 issues.

1) Robert Jackson the former Wantage Constituencey MP had been a longstanding Tory MP. Yet crossed the floor & became a Labour MP without an election having taken place !

2) In reference to acting against the ethos of the Labour Party – I refer to the SODC housing stock transfer.
National Labour were committed to council housing.
Due to the unpopularity of the Tory Government in 1996 – it was a dead cert that Labour was going to form the
next government.
Sadly the local Labour party were acting against National Labour Party policy.

At the time there was uncertainty as to when the General election would be called. But it was made known at
that time, if the General election was called – then the transfer process would not go ahead.

It should be noted that towards the end of a political term in office, there should not be a radical change of policy.

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To see the current Labour Leadership election being played out in the media -makes me wonder whether Labour will ever be elected to government. Sound bites are easy to spout
In my personal view, utilities should be in public ownership.
This is not left wing or old Labour -it is common sense. These are essential services that we cannot do without.

If there are the skilled people in these industries that can run the companies for private companies & return substantial profits- then these same skilled people canbe there for public companies.
I have no object to profits being made, if the profits are then invested into
a) further development of these utilities
b) other public services such as the NHS; police; armed forces

It seems to me, that the public purse has to pick up the tab for failed companies -such as banks yet utilities were sold & their profits go to shareholders which seems morally wrong because utilities are essential services we cannot do without.

Having personally experienced the worse of the Labour movement – which cost me
1) my then employment
2) future employment
3) My PI claims – which was meant to compensate me for the injuries I received at work. For which I have had to pay for private treatment since that time.
4) work related injury DWP benefits

It makes me wonder who is there to represent the normal ‘man’ in the street.

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My difficulty was who to vote for. I am aware of others who were in the same situation.
So how does one select ? Or do you to a protest vote ?
Despite my views, it is important to ‘vote; even if it means spoiling your paper.

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As many of you will know, Fred & I had a close friendship extending over 25 years. During this time we had been active in the community.
Without Fred’s support I could not have helped the many people that I have. Fred is greatly missed.
I would like to extend my thanks to those that have supported me in this difficult time.

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I am appalled at the behaviour of certain individuals who ‘sabbotaged’ Fred’s funeral arrangements.
They put their own self gratification above what Fred would have wanted.
Fred’s funeral was to be a family affair, with my son & myself attending. After discussion with the family, I would have invited a few people that Fred had a lot of time & they him.
At a later date, I would have arranged a memorial for Fred which would have allowed others to pay their respects to him.
However, due the appalling behaviour of certain people- Fred’s family decided not to attend.
A funeral generally is a private affair not a free for all, where a person bullies their way to attend.
Fred deserved better.

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Sadly I am informing you that Fred has passed away.
He was my ‘wingman’ for many years.
Without his help & support I could not have helped the people that I did.
I knew Fred for over 25 years. We had been through so much together- when in employment, politically, socially, & as friends.
Fred was kind, generous, loyal & supportive.
He was there, supporting & advising when things got tough.
He had strong political opinions & voiced them whether they be p.c or not.
He was born at a time when things were far tougher than they are today & he felt perfectly entitled to voice his views.
Over the years, we had many ‘adventures’ together & through this, we have seen the best in human nature & the very worse.
Fred was a true friend & his passing has left a big hole in my heart.

There were 2 things that Fred wanted erradicated
1) Cancer
2) alzheimers
So if people want to make donations to cancer research and/or an alzheimers charity, in memory of Fred – this will be appreciated.

I have greatly missed Fred since his passing, he was a true friend. I know he has gone in person but not in spirit. So until we meet again Fred -au-revoir !

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There has been talk in the media about changing council structures.
There has been various alternatives put forward.
My personal view is, the proposals would disenfranchaise local communities – the very people councillors are elected to serve.
Again, in my personal view, the proposals have nothing to do with saving money but power & control !!

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