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Conservative excuses just don’t stack up
4:50pm Wednesday 16th May 2012 in Letters
Sir – What has happened to the art of losing gracefully?
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Conservative leader, Barry Norton, explained away the loss of five seats by claiming that the Lib Dems and Labour had agreed not to stand against each other.
How then does he explain the result in Eynsham, where the Labour candidate almost certainly deprived the Lib Dems of a win?
The new county council leader, Ian Hudspeth, makes a similar claim about losing in Woodstock. Yet four years ago he was challenged by the same Lib Dem candidate, also in a two-way fight, and he won then.
There is a simpler explanation: more people this time have exercised their democratic right to vote a different way. It is embarrassing, and also revealing, that these gentlemen blame everyone except themselves.
John Gittings, Shipton-under-Wychwood