More attention must be paid to people’s wishes



First published in Letters

I WAS elated to see the main political party leaders cringing as they faced up to UKIP’s success at both local and EU elections. Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband said they ‘were listening’ and got the message, Nick Clegg is now an irrelevance. I wonder?

Oxford Mail:

Ed Miliband

It was ironic to read two letters (May 27), one saying that Labour was not listening to people’s wishes and another from a Labour councillor saying that the county council was not listening to the wishes of residents for a crossing at Collinwood Rd over the A40.

Oxford Mail:

Nick Clegg

Coupled with the fact that Cllr Hudspeth has not yet responded to my challenge to explain why money cannot be diverted from the proposed crossing at the Six Bells to the A40 crossing, it just proves that none of the main parties is really listening.

I hope that they remember this when they start knocking on doors next May asking for our votes.

Things must change and MPs and councils must pay more attention to local people’s wishes on all topics.


Claymond Road



Today’s letters

How will council make up for cutting down trees?

Oxford Mail:

12:11pm Friday 24th April 2015

I notice six plane trees in Castle Street have been deprived of their branches, ready for the Westgate Centre improvements.

Looking forward to many more wonderful pictures

Oxford Mail:

12:11pm Friday 24th April 2015

Iit is good to see a picture of the four nominees for the 2015 Regional Press Awards in Wednesday’s Oxford Mail. You have a long history of extraordinarily good photographers at the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times.

It’s high time the rest of Europe went to Italy’s aid

Oxford Mail:

12:09pm Friday 24th April 2015

Pointing out that, on the day marking the 70th anniversary of the relief of Buchenwald death camp, 400 people fleeing from religious and political persecution were drowned when a boat capsized in the Mediterranean, Peter Unsworth asks whether anyone can tell him what we have learned during the intervening period (Cabbages and Kings, April 17).

Legal rulings make a mockery of justice

Oxford Mail:

12:08pm Friday 24th April 2015

Recent events in the media highlight two problems of public interest:

Straight answers are needed

Oxford Mail:

12:07pm Friday 24th April 2015

The designs for the unfolding Westgate development are beginning to seem completely soulless compared with the spiritually inspired and timelessly beautiful mediaeval Oxford buildings...

Want to give your opinion? Email

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree