Author Archives: Keith R Mitchell CBE

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.

Open letter to District Councillors for Adderbury, Bloxham & Bodicote

To: Cllrs Chris Heath, Andrew McHugh & Mike Bishop I am surprised and a little disappointed that I have to learn about the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal by a roundabout route and thanks to the initiative of a Cherwell … Continue reading

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Coffee mania

The news has been full of the debate about 2½ billion coffee cups  per annum, most of which  cannot be recycled because the cardboard outers have thin plastic inners bonded to the outer that prevent recycling in all but a … Continue reading

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Goodbye Black Boy!

This will be a sad Boxing Day today for me as I take my leave of my local watering hole after 30 plus years.  The Black Boy in Milton is closing after today. I have lost track of the number … Continue reading

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Looking forward to 11 pm on 29 Mar 2019

As a determined LEAVE voter, I am looking forward to getting our country back on 29 March 2019.  It can’t come soon enough. I am therefore delighted to learn that we are to get our own passports back at least looking … Continue reading

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The question that dare not be asked

Boris bashing is clearly the new blood sport in Westminster but I fear it is hiding the real issues we should be discussing.  Boris has been castigated for a sentence he let slip to a Select Committee suggesting that the … Continue reading

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What price a picture?

Auctions of works of art frequently make the headlines for the astonishing price collectors are prepared to pay for a masterpiece.  These are usually paintings or sculptures but photographs have been known to attract large price tickets where the subject … Continue reading

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Heading for a rail crash

I am completely baffled to read that a majority of UK electors favour the re-nationalisation of the railways.  I grew up in a country where the trains rarely ran on time and were beset by strikes.  These days, I travel … Continue reading

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