Mark Field was right

Talking of common sense, what a lot of nonsense about Mark Field, the Foreign Office Minister who removed a trespassing protestor from a Mansion House dinner.  He was dead right to take action and to remove this woman from a dinner she had no right to attend.  She was trespassing in the name of protest and should have expected to be removed with some physical restraint if necessary, either by a security guard or policeman or, as was the case here, by a public-spirited person attending the dinner.

I do not know what has happened to the Conservative Party but they have  certainly lost their courage and their common sense.  They are frightened of being branded elitist so a dinner attended by wealthy bankers, wearing black ties and in the splendour of the Mansion House clearly pressed all the wrong buttons for Mrs May and her frightened sidekicks.

Mark Field was quite right to remove this woman, gripping her firmly but fairly by the neck and moving her to the exit.  If this had been a different sort of gathering, a Jewish synagogue or a Moslem prayer meeting and an anti-Semite or a fascist protester had been manhandled away by a strong woman or a brave pensioner, I suspect we would have had a very different reaction.  Women have long campaigned for equality so can no longer expect to be treated any different to a male protester.  If she chooses to wear a smart frock to match the surroundings and it makes it difficult to take a grip on her and to restrain her, she can expect to be gripped firmly by the neck and escorted out.

This woman had no right to be in the Mansion House and Mark Field had every right to ensure she caused no harm, posed no threat and was removed as quickly and effectively as possible.  He should be commended and considered for the next Honours List and the woman should be prosecuted for trespass and, if found guilty, sentenced to community service cleaning the loos at Mansion House for a couple of months.

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An obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, because his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing
regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed
to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
– by his parents, Truth and Trust,
– by his wife, Discretion,
– by his daughter, Responsibility,
– and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepchildren;
– I Know my Rights
– I Want it Now
– Someone Else is to Blame
– I’m a Victim
– Pay me for doing nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.   If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing

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Adderbury Parish Poll Result

Q1.In light of concerns by residents about speeding traffic in the village, this poll is requesting Adderbury Parish Council to ask Oxfordshire County Council to carry out a formal consultation with all residents on the introduction of traffic calming measures to reduce speed of traffic on village roads. Votes cast: YES: 152  NO: 299

Q2. It has been identified that Adderbury Parish Council, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have at their disposal up to £30,000 to spend on traffic related projects in the village. If effective traffic calming requires more funds to be committed do you want that money to be sourced from some of the existing funds (known as Section 106) available to village projects? Votes cast: YES: 150  NO: 303

Q3. Do you agree with the Parish Council’s decision to support new Sports and Community facilities on the Milton Road and to use the Section 106 funds already allocated, for this project?  Votes cast: YES: 318  NO: 136

The turnout was 19.4%. Thanks to everyone who turned out to vote.  Given the lack of polling cards and the limited polling hours, this is a good outcome in support of the parish council’s policies and actions.  The poll will have cost us all close to £1,000 and was forced upon us by a group of ten individuals mainly from Horn Hill Road and the new estates on Milton Road at the Annual Parish Meeting and contrary to the wishes of the majority of those attending that meeting. 

Victoria Prentis

This is a stupid law that allows ten people to impose their selfish will on others and needs changing.  Attention, Mrs Victoria Prentis MP for Banbury – a good job for you with your legal background.

 

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Will the real Diane Hunter step forward?

A villager who writes under the pseudonym Diane Hunter but is well known to me has posted the following to me for upload.

Keith, I have noticed on adderbury.org that there is a person posting as Dianne Hunter.  It is certainly a shock to me that my nom-de-plume is being used by somebody else.    

However I was not so shocked by Councillor Astley’s plan to spend £7,000 on Twyford; £2,000 on East Adderbury and a massive £151,000 on West Adderbury traffic calming.  I can only imagine that he feels that any traffic calming measures in West Adderbury, aka outside his house, should be covered in gold leaf to make any concrete used fit in with the Hornton stone.   

Perhaps someone should inform him that he should be a councillor for the whole willage not just Horn Hill Road.  I suggest the council should spend some sec106 monies on sending him to SpecSavers to cure his short sightedness 

Regards. Diane Hunter 

 

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Bill Heine – May he Rest in Peace and give St Peter some chuckles

I am so sorry to learn of the death of Bill Heine after his battle with leukaemia.  He was a lovely man and a good friend.

He was a real professional as a journalist and broadcaster; always well prepared and on top of his brief.  He had a lovely sense of humour which occasionally got him into trouble but he always survived, mainly because he was such a nice man.  To many, he was Radio Oxford and he had a great following of people who loved, hated and feared him in equal measure.

I had some grand times with Bill in the Oxford studio, debating many issues.  Bill as presenter and me as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council.  You could always rely on Bill to bowl a googly during the interview but with a twinkle in his eye.

Bill loved Oxford and Oxfordshire.  Born an American and, I think, remaining one, he studied at Oxford University, made his home here and gave 30 years of his life to Radio Oxford. 

He was more than a journalist to me.  He was a good friend and companion.  He came to our parties at Nell Bridge and entertained others with his knowledge and humour.  We also had some interesting times at his home, with his partner, Jane.

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceam eis.

 

 

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Here we go again …..

I see Adderbury is being threatened with the holding of another Parish Poll.  You may remember the last one, instigated by residents from Horn Hill Road and the surrounding area and which sought to oppose the development of recreation and community facilities at Milton Road but it failed when a majority of villagers voted in support of developing Milton Road.  The cost of holding a Parish Poll falls to the parish which means it comes out of our council tax.  The last one cost all of us £984.80 but cost is clearly not a concern for the instigators who are equally capable of forcing a by-election at a cost of nearly £3,000 when there is a parish council vacancy which could have been filled by co-option and who appear to be less than enthusiastic that the parish council has been able to recover the £6,100 costs in fighting the two failed judicial reviews.

The threatened new parish poll is about traffic calming, a debate which seems to have been started with publication of a totally erroneous statistic claiming a 141% increase in traffic volume on Horn Hill Road.  While there are people who are concerned about traffic speed and volume and across the whole village rather than only the western section, they need to remember that the type of calming measures being promoted by the sponsors of another parish poll will require build-outs, speed bumps, paint on the road and other measures that may prove less than welcome to those living near them.

The parish council environment committee is working hard on the issue of traffic calming across the whole village.  It has been given delegated powers by the parish council to spend the traffic calming budget without the need to refer decisions up to the parish council and this means calming measures can be implemented more quickly.

The threat of another parish poll has been issued by an outfit calling itself WARA (West Adderbury Residents Association).  Here is a link to their web site.  You will see they are pretty anonymous and less than forthcoming about their leading members, their constitution or their manner of conducting business and reaching decisions.

I have to say it comes to something when a dissident minority on a locally elected public body seeks to impose costs on all of us through a parish poll which aims to specify a course of action which a majority on the same locally elected public body has decided against.  So much for democracy!

On the subject of democracy, Adderbury Parish Council will be up for election in May 2020. I see there are 50 electors in Horn Hill Road and twelve places on the parish council. perhaps we shall find ourselves with a new parish council comprised of only residents of Horn Hill Road after 2020!  Now that will be an interesting outturn although not good for representative democracy, I think.

 

 

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New 50 pence Brexit coin

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