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Each November since 1928 The Royal British Legion has invited individuals from across the country to join them in honouring and remembering loved ones lost whilst serving in our Armed Forces.

The Fields of Remembrance are officially opened by a member of the Royal Family and a special Remembrance ceremony is held where we honour the 2 minute silence at 11.00am. The Royal British Legion buglers will play the Last Post and the exhortation will be read.

In 2010 the Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance was situated in the grounds of Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon.

Lydiard Park is situated in Swindons Freshbrook & Grange Park ward, and is currently represented by three Conservative Councillors:  Mick Bray, Michael Dickinson and Peter Greenhalgh.

I voted for Michael Dickinson in the 2007 local elections but I don't think I'll be repeating that mistake this year because, apart from resembling Homer Simpson, Michael has a habit of making promises he's ultimately unwilling to keep which causes residents of Freshbrook and Grange Park to utter Homers signature phrase, D'Oh!, repeatedly.  Michael usually just makes me laugh with his Simpson'esque antics,  but by politicising his visit to the Field of Remembrance he seems willing to plumb new depths in his search for re-election to Swindon Borough Council.

I was similarly 'Dickinsoned' only yesterday when I read a leaflet which the Swindon Conservatives had thrust through my letterbox.  Most of the leaflet was the normal political 'look how clever we are' guff, but what caused me to say D'Oh!', (followed quickly by a 'how dare he!', and then later by bit of colourful language), was the picture of him standing in the Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance looking suitably solemn as he posed for his leaflet picture.

Now, I don't know whether the following opinion is widely shared or not, but I'm going to share it as widely as possible because I need to know if my moral compass is out of whack or my local councillor doesn't have a moral compass at all....

....but I think it is distasteful, disrespectful and possibly even dishonourable for local politicians to seek political capital or votes in this way and I think Michael should be ashamed of himself.




I can't help noticing that Councillor Dickinson, who is described in the Conservative 'InTouch' leaflet as 'visiting the Field of Remembrance to mourn', didn't bother wearing a poppy for his piccie.....

....and I can't help wondering whether Cllr Dickinson, a man desperate to be re-elected, bothered paying the small admission charge to enter the walled garden at Lydiard park, or whether he merely flashed his Swindon Borough Council Identity card at the gate before waltzing in to use the Field of Remembrance as a politically useful piece of landscape to appear in front of.  Perhaps Michael will set me straight.  Maybe he'll send me a copy of his receipt...

It's also surprising to see Cllr Mick Bray mentioned in connection with Michael Dickinson's photo-shoot in the Field of Remembrance, in fact the author of the leaflet makes a particular point of mentioning Cllr Brays legion membership and suggesting that Councillor Bray has prior knowledge of next years ceremonial arrangements.  On balance,  I was left with the strong impression that Councillor Dickinson is suggesting that he is endorsed by the Royal British Legion.

Mick Bray will become deputy Mayor in May this year and become  Mayor in 2012 so I sincerely hope that, (as a member of the Royal British Legion), he wasn't holding the camera for Cllr Dickinson.

The Royal British Legion recently said:


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The Royal British Legion is strictly non-political and for nearly 90  years we have scrupulously remained above the party political fray. We  have never endorsed any political party nor do we accept party donations  made for partisan purposes.
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"Mick Bray will become deputy Mayor in May this year and become  Mayor in 2012 so I sincerely hope that, (as a member of the Royal British Legion), he wasn't holding the camera for Cllr Dickinson."

Is it planned, that much in advance, who the next mayor will be?
Doesn't politics suck? (maybe that could be another thread).
I wonder if Homer has any ancestoral victims of war?
No, I expect it's just that politics suck.
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Just how below the belt are some :censored: Councillors prepared to go!

Your accurate 'Homer' references are scary!   :o Saying that, my smile went to fits of laughter when I see the other photo you recently posted  O0

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My phone started ringing at 07.00hrs this morning - we were already up on the Ridgeway at White Horse Hill walking the girls - now working my way through a missed-calls list.

Looks like more than a few people aren't happy that Michael seems to have jumped on the 'Our Brave Boys' bandwagon.

On reflection I think my moral compass is calibrated well and pointing in the right direction.

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Your accurate 'Homer' references are scary! 

There will be plenty more D'Oh!'s heard in Freshbrook when residents realise that Homer Dickinson has led them in a dance of deception in relation to his 'faux-campaign' against the proposed forthcoming development on Hook Street.

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What happened in the Council Chamber between Homer and Harrison?
My information was that Harrison was a naughty boy and frightened the s**t out of Homer.
In the words of the old 60's song it was "Come Outside"
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What happened in the Council Chamber between Homer and Harrison?
My information was that Harrison was a naughty boy and frightened the s**t out of Homer.
In the words of the old 60's song it was "Come Outside"

Now Bobby you are being a very naughty boy and we both know the person involved was not a Liberal Democrat don't we?
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Then obviously the information given to me from a long standing Tory councillor was wrong.
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Perhaps Homer Dickinson had two 'chamber incidents'  ;D