I HAVE followed with interest in your columns the skirmishes between Mr Mitchell and Mr Augarde. The former concise and with some humour, the latter with some good points but inclined to the personal.

On balance, I tend to award the palm of victory to Mr Mitchell but I trust this will not deter them from an interesting encounter.

As a resident of the county I am well content with its governance, but perhaps I am prejudiced.

DAVID BARNARD, Cherwell Avenue, Kidlington