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Elections 2014: Live blog from Oxford, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell councils

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Council elections for Oxford, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell

  • Results updated live as they come in
  • Euro election results come in on Sunday night

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    Fringe 11:09am Fri 23 May 14

    The turnout percentages are disappointing in a true democracy such as ours. When over 60% of people can't be bothered to turn up and vote, then active minority groups and differing factions of one sort or another, get a larger voice/resources etc than they merit, without the restraining hand of the majority.
    When things go pear shaped, don't complain if you didn't vote

    Score: -49
    mytaxes 11:04am Fri 23 May 14

    Would it be possible to put the party after the candidate's name ? Why do so many people have a postal vote? Do they all have a disability or can't be bothered to go to a polling station?

    Score: -65
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    Score: 2
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    Score: 7
    yabbadabbadoo256 11:21am Fri 23 May 14

    Well done UKIP an excellent vote!

    Score: -57
    HomerSimpsonDoh 11:34am Fri 23 May 14

    According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
    They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.

    Score: 28
    Geoff Roberts 11:58am Fri 23 May 14

    UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments.

    UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it.

    Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them.

    Score: -16
    snert 12:32pm Fri 23 May 14

    Voting is a deeply personal thing. There is no right and wrong. You cannot condemn one person for their choice as it is specifically "their choice" and theirs alone. If it differs from yours it doesn't make it wrong, it simply makes it different to yours. People that don't vote fall into two categories. Those that can't be bothered and those that actively choose to not vote. Those that actively choose to not vote have their reasons, and again, it is thir choice as a democratic society allows them that choice. Just because you think it is wrong, doesn't make it wrong or you right.

    I get sick of hearing the battle of putting others down for their choices rather than trying to extoll the reasons why you chose the way you did assuming you are public about which way you voted.

    Score: 13
    mytaxes 12:45pm Fri 23 May 14

    Why do students have a vote in their university town and a vote in their home town? We have just read how many people opt for a postal vote so obviously they could do that. I object when those who do not pay council tax can vote for high spending wasteful councillors who continue to raise our council tax.

    Score: 7
    Geoff Roberts 1:01pm Fri 23 May 14

    Modern democracy is a farce, it's there to ensure parties play by the establishment's rules and to distract the population away from affecting more radical change. In short, to keep the nation strong. We live in a world where we supposedly have so many options yet when it comes down to it, we get what we're given or we pick a colour based on loyalty, what others vote for and so on. In a way, those who choose not to vote are taking back more control than those who feel obliged to vote. Personally I think it's better, when you can't find the right candidate, to spoil your ballot paper, than not to vote. At least it shows you participated.

    The real issue here for me isn't people not voting, it's that we're not afforded a 'none of the above' that would send a real message to all that there is something very wrong with the entire system.

    As far as I'm concerned, if a system can't be replaced then it's not fit for purpose.

    We can talk about referendums but referendums aren't people power, they are normally divisive tools of government that are afforded to the people in order, again, to make them feel they have a say. What tends to happen is that the question in referendums is set in such a way as to manipulate the electorate, gain votes for the party that initiated it.

    People should take responsibility for their vote but I don't think people should be blamed for problems because they didn't vote.

    Score: -4
    Geoff Roberts 1:05pm Fri 23 May 14

    Cameron as usual banging on about 'the economy'. Whose economy? Not ours, it doesn't really serve us does it. Screw your economy.

    Oh.

    Seems to me the economy is screwing us.

    Score: -1
    the wizard 1:56pm Fri 23 May 14

    Quote,

    Barry Norton, the Tory leader on West Oxfordshire District Council, said: "
    Witney South is going to be the only place where Ukip have a chance.
    "If we lose I think the people of Witney will have shot themselves in the foot."

    Why, other people are entitled to a view and a vote of their choice. Just because it doesn't fall into your view it doesn't automatically become wrong.
    Many would question the secret society the Town council are evolving under Tory leadership, just how wrong is that.

    Others may choose to cite the constant flooding which again occurred yesterday at the junction of Welsh Way and High St, as it has done for many, many years, but what have you done to prevent it Mr Norton. Just what is your cabinet doing, allowing more and more developments with less and less infra structure improvements to support the new builds..
    Shame on you Mr Norton for allowing the debacle of planning and lack of foresight to continue. Nappies and politicians need to be changed on a regular basis, for the same reason, which is why we have elections.

    Score: 5
    Sandy Wimpole-Smythe 2:15pm Fri 23 May 14

    HomerSimpsonDoh wrote…


    According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
    They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.

    Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ?

    Score: 7
    the wizard 3:51pm Fri 23 May 14

    Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote…


    HomerSimpsonDoh wrote…


    According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
    They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.
    Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ?

    Old Double Dip Dave reckons we are in economic recovery, try telling that to food bank users in West Oxfordshire. We've had two World Wars and the highest interest rates ever under Thatcher, but folk still managed to feed themselves, but not with DD Dave in office, doesn't that tell you something ?
    The rich getting richer while the poor slip deeper and deeper into poverty and despair.. We don't need out of Europe, we need out of hypocrisy and elitism and get back to some core values of decency and dignity.

    Score: -1
    Geoff Roberts 6:11pm Fri 23 May 14

    Tony Brett deserved that.

    Score: -3
    Madi50n 8:38pm Fri 23 May 14

    And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

    What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

    Good luck with that.

    Score: 3
    The New Private Eye 2:14am Sat 24 May 14

    Madi50n wrote…


    And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

    What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

    Good luck with that.

    Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more

    Score: -1
    stayingafloat 9:41am Sat 24 May 14

    Geoff Roberts wrote…


    UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments.

    UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it.

    Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them.

    A precious self righteous person speaks.

    Score: 4
    Madi50n 10:03am Sat 24 May 14

    The New Private Eye wrote…


    Madi50n wrote…


    And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

    What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

    Good luck with that.
    Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more

    I like students, it does help that my income pretty much relies on them, same as a lot of my friends and a lot of people in this city.

    That and the fact that I was once a student, not at Oxford unfortunately, and still remember what it was like to young and immature.

    Luckily I live in an area that completely rejected Labour & the Tories, although I'd have been ok with them winning over the Kippers.

    If I am happy with anything from this election, it's that not one of the "Standing at the back dressed stupidly and looking stupid party' (same colours as UKIP) got a single seat. At least there are more educated & cultured people in this county than uneducated & uncultured i.e. thick people.

    Score: 3

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