The Boris Johnson mail bag is bursting at the seams for plenty more reasons than one lately. (not including the latest Have I Got News For You - how could they be so outrageous!) Apart from the recent storm, Henley's constituents are expressing serious concern for the new system of receiving State pension payments - a more streamlined and less flexible route will be the only option from next year. Many pensioners are incensed. Tax credits, for all the government claims that they would help families, seem to have brought despair to many families who have suffered massive inconvenience from the mismanagement of claims and funds being re-claimed back to the State coffers. All increasing the burden of red tape. Watlington Car Park - of all villages in South Oxfordshire, Watlington village doesn't really need to have car park charges imposed in the face of local uproar and desperate pleas from local shopkeepers. Even in the current trial period, they find custom running dry and are in danger of going out of business. The Mental Capacity Bill and Fox hunting issues are still on the agenda and bubbling along. Here is Olly's press release about the recent closure of sub-post offices in Henley. The large post office now cannot comfortably accommodate the demand and the queues are unacceptably long. ("Locals enjoy the opportunity of a chat in the queue" was the defence of the Post Office Chief!) "Though we had a fantastic response from those people who have been inconvenienced by these closures, Postwatch decided to stick by its original decision not to re-open the investigation and review their decision. Despite Boris Johnson's strong representations and their acknowledgement of the fact that the closure of Newtown and Northfield End Post Offices will cause 'significant inconvenience' to the Post Office's customers in Henley, they decided that it was impossible for them to oppose every closure on the grounds that it remains important to position these closures within a wider context. Many thanks once more to those who wrote in to express their dismay at these closures. It is unfortunate that, in the end, the Post Office and Postwatch opted to close these sub-post offices in the face of such strong local opposition." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So - now to you - Bloggers Any issues that rankle? Burning rants? (Let's rest awhile from the recent embroglio...and have a time of quiet...until you open up the new copy of The Spectator, that is! ...How does the aphorism go: "a 'week', more like 'day', is a long time in politics"?) How about South Oxfordshire constituents (please declare yourselves!) who would like to respond? We (including Ann - planning the diary to the election, and Wayne - local agent masterminding the campaign) would much value your input.