A view from across the water …..

I had this from a good friend and thought it worth sharing …..

Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD, is a minister, educator, technology executive, entrepreneur,  Marine Corp Veteran and straight-shooting Republican Patriot from Celina, Texas, who is Fed up!  Here’s what he has to say today.

I am now in my 70’s.  Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question, as I have ever since Obama was elected.  Unfortunately, the one question that was missing is:

What have the Republicans done for the American people?

We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never listened to us.

Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money.  You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets. Well guess what? It’s not going to happen.

So far, TRUMP hasn’t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York.

Here’s why I wanted Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass; yes, he’s an egomaniac; but I don’t care.

The country is a mess because politicians suck.
The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere. I want it all fixed!

I don’t care that Trump is crude.
I don’t care that he insults people..
I don’t care that he has changed positions.
I don’t care that he’s been married 3 times.
I don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosé O’Donnell.
I don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.

Our country has become weak and bankrupt. Our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded by illega’s.

We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hessian is a group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, “AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED.”

And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what We, The People, want and need.

I’m sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and sick of illegals. I just want this thing fixed!

Trump may not be a saint but he doesn’t have lobbyist money controlling him;
he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has
been very successful;  a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and he’s also not a politician.

I don’t care if the guy has bad hair and, like John Bennett said, “sometimes a country needs a Mother Teresa and sometimes it needs a Dirty Harry”.

Oh and by the way, I don’t care if Sheriff Joe didn’t obey a zealot judge; he upheld the law on illegal immigration. So, I’m glad Trump pardoned him.
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You are welcome to pass this on or not.

Thought for the Day:  “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive!”

Sincerely, Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD,  Celina, TX

Anything reflecting our politics in the UK?  Any sign of a UK Donald Trump?

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Adderbury Parish Council By-Election RESULT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting for:

  • Iain Corcoran           266

  • Vicky Head               329

Declared elected:   Vicky Head

Majority:                         63

Turnout:                         25.1%

Well done Vicky!

 

 

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Adderbury Parish Council By-Election

I hope you will be going to vote on Thursday in the by-election for Adderbury Parish Council  following the resignation of Chris Shallis.  If you want to assess the two candidates who are standing, you could do no better than look at the Adderbury News web site.  This will give you a very clear indication of the relative styles and aims of the two candidates.  I will make no comment.  I think the manner in which they have answered questions speaks volumes …..

Voting is at the Methodist Church hall from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.  You do not need to take your polling card but it can speed things up if you have it with you.  I hope to publish the result late on Thursday evening.

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Work starts on Milton Road land

If  you have noticed machinery on the Milton Road land between the Henge Close estate and Ball-Colegrave, you are probably wondering what is happening.  This is the archaeological digging that is required by Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council as a condition for granting planning permission for the field to be used for sporting and community uses.  The work will take a few days and the results will then be examined by the county archaeologists.  If nothing of significance is found, work can then proceed with the necessary drainage works for the field to be suitable for sports activities such as badminton, cricket, football, netball and running (all in alphabetical order to deny any precedence or priority!).  If an ancient Roman fortress or something similar is thought to lie beneath, further exploration will be required.  Of course, certain individuals living not a million miles from Milton Road might be hoping for this but we shall have to wait and see!

At the same time, I hope the parish council will agree to commission architects to examine the evidence of need found through village surveys and start the work of designing a community centre that will meet the growing needs of Adderbury for indoor sporting and community facilities and also satisfy the exacting stylistic requirements expected of an ironstone village of this quality.  Needless to say, access to the site will need to be considered together with the traffic implications of a sports and community facility in this location.

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Lies, damned lies and statistics

The quote that forms the title of this blog was made popular by Mark Twain but attributed  to Benjamin Disraeli, among others.  It seems to be applicable to the traffic calming debate in Adderbury.

While there is no doubt there is an issue caused by traffic speed and volume in the village, sensible debate is not helped if false statistics are employed.  Campaigners have focused their attention on West Adderbury,  including Horn Hill Road and the Milton Road and adjoining new estates.  Their focus has been sharpened by a striking statistic which seemed to show an increase in traffic flows along Horn Hill Road between 2012 and 2018 of 141%.  This does seem a huge increase and has been quoted repeatedly by those wishing to subvert the Milton Road development by spending funding designated for sports and community facilities there on an expensive 20 mph traffic calming scheme.

Well, a sharp-eyed parish councillor has spotted that the figure is wrong!  It failed to  compare like with like and took traffic movements along Horn Hill Road in both directions in 2018 and compared them with movements in one direction only in 2012.  The true increase over this period on a like-for-like basis is apparently 17%!

Whether this false statistic was the result of ignorance, human error or deliberate misrepresentation, I leave to others to decide but at least we have a truthful figure now with which to inform public debate.

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Advice to those seeking public office

Adderbury experienced a hustings meeting last night at The Institute in preparation for the Parish Council By-Election to be held on Thursday 21-Feb-19.  It was organised by Iain Corcoran who is one of two candidates standing.  The other candidate  is Vicky Head who has distributed a leaflet round the village with information about her.

The meeting was attended by some 20 residents, mainly of more advanced years and with some half a dozen clearly supporting Corcoran and a similar number opposing him.

Having watched Iain Corcoran at the hustings for the first half hour, here are some tips for  him or anyone else seeking public office. They are based on my own experience as a county councillor for 24 years; as a parish councillor for much of that time and as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council for eleven years.

  • Know your constituency:  It was quite unwise to demonstrate your ignorance of the name of the Aynho Road.  It is one of the main roads leading into the village and contains the village’s primary school.
  • Be inclusive:  Omitting the Oxford Road and the Aynho Road from your list of roads requiring traffic calming certainly did not win the support of those living in or near them.
  • Reflect on your body language:  Addressing a meeting with your hands in your pockets is not a good idea.  Your hands say a lot about you and are a valuable asset if used moderately and to good effect.  For an ex-soldier, standing with hands in pockets seemed an odd contradiction?
  • Know your audience: It was highly likely that your audience was going to comprise mainly older residents and of a small “c” conservative disposition.  You might have  been better off  in a shirt, tie and jacket and with proper trousers rather than jeans.  Blair and Cameron masqueraded as men of the people but many villagers want to see those aspiring to public office decently and respectably attired.
  • Respect your audienceWagging your finger at your audience and reminding one of them that you are likely to outlive them are unlikely to win many friends or votes.
  • Do not insult your audience’s intelligence: Trite comments about “bobbies on the beat” might fool a few who are living in the past but many understand the real world and will not be impressed by your intention to address the Chief Constable of TVPA.
  • Understand democracy; It is foolish in the extreme to refer to seven members of the (currently) 10-sstrong parish council as “the opposition”.  The opposition in any council are those who cannot secure a majority of votes.  While it is unusual to find an opposition in a parish council, it is a sad fact that Adderbury Parish Council has one but it comprises three members and not seven!
  • Have clarity on your policies:  While you are clearly majoring on your desire for traffic calming, you need to be honest about their implementation with chicanes, build-outs and other aspects that those living near them might find objectionable.  You also need to be clear about the unavailability of much of the developer contributions that you seem to think could be spent on traffic calming and the police’s unwillingness to enforce 20 mph seed limits.
  • Milton Road development: You need to be clear about your intentions for the Milton Road site.  You kept referring to it as a “sports facility” and, as a resident of a nearby development, there may be a suspicion that you wish to derail any development there to prevent something you might see as noisy or intrusive.  It is not clear whether you had been to the Institute ever before or have seen the other meeting places in the village.  None of them is sufficient for the 21st century and a village of Adderbury’s size.  It is the intention of the majority on the parish council to develop a modern community centre and sports facility at Milton Road that meets the needs of the village.  It s also clear that a group who oppose development of the Milton Road site are seeking to spend funds allocated towards it on a highly expensive and questionable traffic calming scheme.  You may be thought to be a part of that group if your position is not clarified.

All in all, I think you have something to learn about standing for public office.

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Contemplating a coronary?

I very much hope that we see no heart attacks in Adderbury although some of the goings on in this village could provoke one!  However, the village is prepared should anyone suffer a coronary.   Thanks to generous donations from customers of The Bell, from Hook Norton Brewery and several local clubs and organisations, a defibrillator has now been installed on the front wall of The Bell.  It is sited under the street light in an illuminated cabinet next to Adderbury Stores.  It is available 24 hours per day and anyone requiring access to the unit needs to ‘phone 999 where they will be given the exact location, the code to unlock the cabinet and instructions on caring for the patient.  It is an intelligent unit and although one hopes it will never be needed, it will not allow a shock to be administered unless it detects a requirement.

Hook Norton Brewery have kindly offered to run training courses to ensure residents would feel comfortable if the need arose to operate the defibrillator.  There will be two courses at The Bell on Thursday 7th March.  The first will run from 2:30 pm to 4;30 pm and the second from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  They are free to attend and tea & coffee will be provided.  Anyone wishing to attend should ‘phone The Bell on 01295 810338 or e-mail Chris Shallis to reserve a place.

Congratulations to Chris Shallis who led this project and to all who contributed.

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