Sunday, 21 October 2018

Thought for the week

BY this weekend all the votes will have been counted and we will know who has

BY this weekend all the votes will have been counted and we will know who has been elected to serve and represent us nationally and on South Oxfordshire district and Henley town councils.

Hopefully they will all endeavour to serve us well, to listen to our concerns and be fair in all their dealings whatever their own political beliefs and allegiances.

Likewise we, as citizens, have a duty to uphold those who represent us; to support them to make the right decisions on our behalf and to speak up if we see injustices or wrongdoings.

Recent reports in the Henley Standard have highlighted disagreements and schisms within our town council. It is sad to think that people who want the best for Henley are swamped by arguments and bad feeling.

We are fortunate to live in this lovely, vibrant town which has so much to offer people of all ages.

It is very well served by public services — doctors, Townlands Hospital, public transport, good schools, great shops, theatre, cinema and leisure centre etc —as well as being surrounded by natural beauty.

I think it would be good if our chosen councillors and politicians could consider the following advice which is given to all Quakers in Britain.

We are advised to look for the good in all people. Part of that advice is to listen patiently and seek the truth which other people’s opinions may contain for you.

Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Do not allow the strength of your convictions to betray you into making statements or allegations that are unfair or untrue. Think it possible that you may be mistaken.

I hope that all those newly elected will begin their new term with vigour and concern for the people and places they represent as well as care for one another.

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