Journalists descend on Abingdon Street

April 18, 2017

Abingdon Street Today
We happened to be in London today and saw a lot of journalists had descended on Abingdon Street.
Abingdon Street Today
They were in a big huddle but it looked as though the big news event had already happened.
Abingdon Street Today
The first clue to the news event was the presence of bookmakers giving odds for the winners of a general election. The PM had called a shock general election
Abingdon Street Today
She is likely to win by more than a head.

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17 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Geoffrey Bailey  |  April 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Tongue in cheek! I wonder how many SNP candidates are they putting up in England,N Ireland and Wales?

  • 2. ppjs  |  April 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Almost as many as Plaid Cymru in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • 3. Peter Del  |  April 19, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Now that we have a couple of elections, the local whingers can put themselves up for election and do something about the problems they whine about!!

  • 4. ppjs  |  April 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Let’s imagine that fifty so-called “whingers” put themselves up for election as independents. What sort of votes do we think they’d attract in a political system that favours party groupings?

    Many of the people who post on this blog are active in all sorts of ways in our town. Election to a political post is not the only means of making a positive contribution to the health of our society, nation and world.

  • 5. Peter Del  |  April 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I agree with you, but I for one would vote for a number of locals on here who seem to have a better grasp of local problems than those we have. They would also, perhaps, not let some strange decisions being made.

  • 6. hester  |  April 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The next Town Council elections are in 2019; depending on what has happened to the “Better Oxfordshire” proposal there may or may not be also be District Council elections then. Now would therefore be an excellent time for people who want to put themselves forward as independents – whether individually or collecively – to start laying the groundwork. In these days of social media and electronic communications it is a lot easier for people to campaign without having the organisational and financial backing of a party.

  • 7. davidofLuton  |  April 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    At least those “whingers” who complain they never see the MP will be silenced now. You will be seeing her all over the place for the next few weeks.

  • 8. Nick  |  April 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    The grassy area in the picture is Abingdon Green

  • 9. Nick  |  April 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I might be wrong, but it’s very close to where she is standing

  • 10. Captainkaos2  |  April 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Peter, if only it were that simple? Example, local councillor Angela Lawrence was a brilliant local lib/dem councillor but when Clegg sold out to Cameron and being a person of principle she resigned from on the lib/dens and stood as an independent, she was voted in by her ward because she’s a very good councilor, but she’s swimming against the current and had a hard time because she not aligned to a party,
    Chipping Norton and Henley gave bucked this trend by creating their own party, chippy first, perhaps that’s what’s needed here ?

  • 11. Lyle Lanley  |  April 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Indeed David of Luton

    And no doubt she will be putting on her best ’seriously concerned face’ whilst making the same tired old platitudes about how she is raising the A34, Lodge Hill junction and inappropriate developments, but actually achieving nothing other than a headline in the Abingdon Herald..

  • 12. Julian  |  April 20, 2017 at 11:04 am

    We already have an “Abingdon First” Captain…don’t think it is a political party though?

  • 13. ppjs  |  April 20, 2017 at 11:51 am


  • 14. Daniel  |  April 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    …perhaps with all the cardboard houses proposed if should be “AbPre-fab”?

  • 15. Angela  |  April 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hester is right. I would be so good to have some fellow Independents on the Town Council and now, as she says, is the time to start doing the groundwork. I am very happy to help anyone to campaign who has a genuine interest in serving the town and their ward unfettered by party politics.

  • 16. Angela  |  April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    IT would be so good, not I

  • 17. Kelly Simpson  |  April 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I would always vote for an independent candidate – anyone who will vote for what they really believe would be best for Abingdon, unfettered by party politics, and listening to the people they represent.

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