Does Greatworth have any worth?

A number of us – blog writers and web site authors – have enjoyed the attention recently of someone calling himself David Greatworth.  He has taken some interest in Adderbury village matters and has responded on Cherwell’s web site to an Adderbury planning application.

Now the interesting thing about David Greatworth is that he does not seem to live in Addderbury and he is certainly not listed on the electoral roll.  When he made a comment on a Cherwell planning application, he gave his address as c/o a property in Bodicote but, once again, there is no David Greatworth listed in this road or anywhere in Bodicote.

So the mystery remains why someone calling himself David Greatworth should take such an interest in Adderbury village when he does not live here or, it would seem, anywhere near here.

Of course, anyone is entitled to respond to blogs, write on web sites and comment on planning applications but, when they do not seem to have a local connection and will not admit to their address anywhere, one has to wonder whether David Greatworth actually exists or is simply a nom de guerre of someone who wishes to put himself about.

It is not unknown for false news to be spread under entirely false identities and I am  beginning to wonder if the choice of a name like Greatworth is a mere reflection of an anonymous individual’s own perception of his worth?  Perhaps we shall never know!

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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2 Responses to Does Greatworth have any worth?

  1. Diane Hunter says:

    Please Keith, let’s try to not let facts get in the way of the views held by a few bitter people acting like spoilt children not getting their own way.

    As I live in West Adderbuy I shall wait in avid excitement for my copy of the leaflet.

    FYI Diane Hunter is not my real name and I am only using it due to the fear of either being reported to the police for harrisment or threatened with being sued. Both of these have been used against people who have expressed views that are opposite to those held by the registered owner of SaveAdderbury or a certain lawyer who lives in Berry Hill Road. These people do seem to have a different view of freedom of speech.

    • Sad but true. I am afraid bullies will frequently get their way if people are taken in by their bluster and use of legal threats. It takes courage to stand up and be counted but it often stops the bluster and wins the day.

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