Archive for the 'jericho' Category

People’s Republic of Jericho

May 7th, 2010

Votes in the Jericho & Osney ward here in Oxford have just been counted:

Susanna Pressel (Labour) 1793 votes ELECTED
Catherine Hilliard (Lib Dem) 769 votes
Bill Wilson (Conservative) 513 votes
Kaihsu Tai (Green) 311 votes.

And, once again, results in Oxford are going against the national trend, and it looks as if the local Labour party is going to be consolidating its grip on the City Council.

If you’re curious about why Andrew Smith held on comfortably in Oxford East (despite the fact that the Lib Dem challenger was really quite good) and the Lib Dems crashed and burned in OxWAb (where the Tory challenger was clearly bonkers), then Don Paskini has a very plausible explanation. It certainly rings true to me: in two decades or so of writing to MPs, Evan Harris has been easily the worst correspondent with whom I’ve ever had to deal, and constituents remember this kind of thing.

When asked what could be built on the site, the Environment Agency replied, “A boatyard”

July 21st, 2009

News from the Jericho Community Boatyard Association over here.

Boatyard News

March 5th, 2009

Spring Residential goes bust!

Thursday Cat Blogging: Enkidu, TV star!

October 9th, 2008

Enkidu was on the local news today, filmed trotting across the boatyard site, and looking magnificent.

You can see him, for a bit at least, over at the BBC South Today page: click to watch the “BBC Oxford News”, and he appears one minute and seven seconds into the report. Philip Pullman is on immediately after Enkidu, but it’s a bit of a let down as he lacks the natural screen presence of the black-and-white cat.

Boatyard Appeal Rejected

October 8th, 2008

Good news. Oxford Mail, here; full decision (not too long) here. Roughly speaking, the inspector agreed that it was reasonable to think that the 50% affordable housing requirement should have been relaxed on the development site, but wasn’t entirely happy with what would be available on the waterside, and really didn’t like the designs.

Jericho Boatyard Campaign

August 12th, 2008

While we were standing around outside the Town Hall this morning, Philip Pullman was being interviewed on the Today Programme [and scroll down to 0837 for the audio link].

(More over here.)

Oxford Exceptionalism

May 2nd, 2008

National press: “Labour suffers worst electoral defeat for 40 years”

Local press: “Labour has taken control of Oxford City Council after a hugely successful election night.”

There are many nice things about living in Oxford, and one of them is that political culture here is lively. We have vigorous five-party politics (if you include the Tories), and what happens here is often pleasingly disengaged from the rhythms of the national scene.

Jericho, however, is rapidly becoming a one-party-statelet. Four years ago, the Lib Dems won by 846 to 716; and in the three contests that have taken place since then in 2005, 2006 and 2008, Labour has won by 713 to 437, 1100 to 704 and 907 to 301 respectively. That’s not bad at all.