Letters to the editor

MCBT Letters to the editor
MCBT Letters to the editor

What is wrong with English?

Nick Carter

County councillor

LET me correct a couple of points which have been made about the flags vote at the town council.

I was one of only two people in the town hall’s public gallery during that debate. As I am not a member of the council, I could not take part in the discussion but I do have a note of the details.

Councillor Mary Stiles claimed (Gazette, October 7) that councillors were told at the meeting ‘the flag of St George should be flown on St George’s Day only’.

I hope it’s not discourteous to describe her memory as errant.

The government guidance, which was read out by the deputy mayor, referred only to national government buildings. The document clearly stated that local authorities could choose to fly the English flag at any time from their own buildings.

It was puzzling that he introduced the debate in this way, since this guidance had no bearing on the town council.

But the question is, if councillor Stiles had not been confused by the guidance, would she have supported the motion to fly the Cross of St George on the town hall’s second flag pole? The answer is No.

She did not refer to the guidance during the debate but simply focused her argument on her preference for the European flag rather than the English flag.

What is wrong with English?

C Gibson

address supplied

I HAVE been reading the letters and editorial about flying the flags.

I am amazed. I now live in England, but I am Welsh and proud to be Welsh, I have lived in Scotland for a number of years and Scottish people are proud to be Scottish. What’s wrong with the English? Why can you not be proud to be English, fly your flag, be proud to be who you are.

I can’t believe you are afraid to be English, or believe you are not allowed to be proud to be English.

My partner told me this before I moved here and I didn’t believe him.

Remember the true meaning

Simon Baynes


FLY St George’s Cross? Yes, I’m all for it.

But how many of us remember what it means – the cross on which Jesus died as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

It stands for reconciliation, it breaks the barriers of race, it re-affirms our common humanity.

For as the Bible says ‘We are all one in Christ Jesus’.

Shame on you speeding driver

Name and address supplied

I WOULD like to remind people of two things.

1) That Kingsey Road has a 30mph speed limit, not just past the speed camera, along its whole length, until the rugby club roundabout.

2) I thought I lived in a nice place, Thame, full of intelligent, courteous, well-mannered, people.

Well it seems that is not the case. Last week my gorgeous cat Stan was hit by a car at about 8.30am, on the Kingsey Road, not far from the speed camera on the other side of the road.

The person who hit him must have known as Stan sustained lots of injuries. He had a collar with his name and our mobile numbers, what would it have taken to send a quick text, or even a call to let us know? Any decent person would have done so.

Accidents happen, I know, but common courtesy and travelling at the given speed limit would have either stopped this from happening altogether, and also perhaps made my grieving a little less awful.

I hope by reading this, the person who did this to my beautiful baby feels a little remorse and I hope a bit bad about what they’ve done.