James Alexander is a man of character

City of York Council leader James Alexander, who earns good and bad ‘reviews’ today

City of York Council leader James Alexander, who earns good and bad ‘reviews’ today

First published in Letters by

I READ the interview with James Alexander (The Press, April 9) with sympathy – he is obviously a man of character.

This quality has become obvious in the Lendal Bridge affair.

As usual, there were people who did not think that a trial was necessary and that their ideas were best without being tested.

However, a city like York cannot be run on people’s opinions.

Mr Alexander thought that a trial was necessary and now he has taken into account the consequences of that trial.

I hope that he does not feel at all defeated.

Running a city for people like me to live in is not about winning and losing or “having your way or not having your way”, it is about listening to sense and facts and not the opinions of either friends or opponents.

Philip Johnson, Greencliffe Drive, Clifton, York.

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11:23am Thu 10 Apr 14

sheps lad says...

Gullible 1
Gullible 1 sheps lad
  • Score: 0

11:41am Thu 10 Apr 14

Knavesmire view says...

This should be in the comedy section!!
This should be in the comedy section!! Knavesmire view
  • Score: 12

11:49am Thu 10 Apr 14

Tiv says...

A true man of character would resign or at the very least apologise for the damage he and his fellow cabinet members have done to the city.
A true man of character would resign or at the very least apologise for the damage he and his fellow cabinet members have done to the city. Tiv
  • Score: -36

12:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"it is about listening to sense and facts and not the opinions of either friends or opponents."
What an utterly bizarre letter.
So you listen to "sense" - how do you determine what "sense" is? And it must not be from "friends or opponents". So, if your "opponents" are talking "sense" you must disregard them?
Wow.
"it is about listening to sense and facts and not the opinions of either friends or opponents." What an utterly bizarre letter. So you listen to "sense" - how do you determine what "sense" is? And it must not be from "friends or opponents". So, if your "opponents" are talking "sense" you must disregard them? Wow. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -49

1:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

jay, york says...

Mr Johnson, having read your letter, there are a couple of observations I would to make
1. the words you use in your lettter ("for people like me"), would suggest that you are writing purely as a citizen of York with no connection whatsoever to an organisation that collaborates with CoYC in shaping future development in York ?????

2. you also say that running a city " is about listening to sense and facts and not the opinions of either friends or opponents." So whose sense and facts are you suggesting should be listened to - would it be anything to do with YCT by any chance?
Mr Johnson, having read your letter, there are a couple of observations I would to make 1. the words you use in your lettter ("for people like me"), would suggest that you are writing purely as a citizen of York with no connection whatsoever to an organisation that collaborates with CoYC in shaping future development in York ????? 2. you also say that running a city " is about listening to sense and facts and not the opinions of either friends or opponents." So whose sense and facts are you suggesting should be listened to - would it be anything to do with YCT by any chance? jay, york
  • Score: -55

2:14pm Thu 10 Apr 14

SilentMajor I.T. says...

Philip Johnson,

I truly hope that you are a sock puppet, I really do.

Kevin Dobbin
Philip Johnson, I truly hope that you are a sock puppet, I really do. Kevin Dobbin SilentMajor I.T.
  • Score: -56

2:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

James Alexander is a character alright, make no mistake about that.
James Alexander is a character alright, make no mistake about that. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -44

2:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cynic3 says...

You know what? Arthur Scargill, Tony Benn and Ken Livingstone all were in different ways good public speakers and good at handling the media. Not sure I always agreed with them. Also, perhaps they had experience under their belts.
You know what? Arthur Scargill, Tony Benn and Ken Livingstone all were in different ways good public speakers and good at handling the media. Not sure I always agreed with them. Also, perhaps they had experience under their belts. cynic3
  • Score: -48

3:05pm Thu 10 Apr 14

wildthing666 says...

He would also pay back the £1 million plus the council has ripped off motorists
He would also pay back the £1 million plus the council has ripped off motorists wildthing666
  • Score: -26

4:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

zorpie says...

There's a difference between being a character and having character. James Alexander is a character, but he does not possess it. He's in politics for power and to feed his ego, he's not in it for York and its people.
There's a difference between being a character and having character. James Alexander is a character, but he does not possess it. He's in politics for power and to feed his ego, he's not in it for York and its people. zorpie
  • Score: -20

4:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

wallman says...

Mr. Johnson you his chief cheerleader?
Mr. Johnson you his chief cheerleader? wallman
  • Score: -17

6:23pm Thu 10 Apr 14

nearlyman says...

He has manic evil eyes................
.........
He has manic evil eyes................ ......... nearlyman
  • Score: -27

7:05pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Carrot Cruncher says...

Is this for real? Volunteering your hardships for promotional purposes is scarcely a sign of good character.....
Is this for real? Volunteering your hardships for promotional purposes is scarcely a sign of good character..... Carrot Cruncher
  • Score: -16

7:19pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jonothon says...

An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included.
Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover.
If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy,
Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre
An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included. Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover. If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy, Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre Jonothon
  • Score: -25

7:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

"However, a city like York cannot be run on people’s opinions".

Would that be the 80% of people whose opinion was that the bridge closure should be abandoned?
"However, a city like York cannot be run on people’s opinions". Would that be the 80% of people whose opinion was that the bridge closure should be abandoned? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -22

8:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Jonothon wrote:
An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included.
Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover.
If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy,
Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre
It mortifies me to say it Jonothon but for once I agree with you. Keep it up.
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included. Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover. If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy, Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre[/p][/quote]It mortifies me to say it Jonothon but for once I agree with you. Keep it up. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -27

10:13pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Igiveinthen says...

Jonothon wrote:
An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included.
Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover.
If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy,
Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre
Well I never in my born days thought I would agree with you, but you are right, JA can't hold a candle to the likes of Ken Livingstone or Tony Benn, and I don't even vote labour!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: An earlier comment has nailed it. The greatest contribution to the Labour movement has come from its mavericks, Livingstone and Tony Benn included. Unfortunately James Alexander is not of their kind. He comes across as a party-liner. Unwise in my opinion, firstly because if has the odour of careerism about it, and secondly because of a failure to recognise that Labour has been led up a blind alley by the Blairites and may never fully recover. If Labour is to stay in power in York they have to prove that they are rooting for their City, even when this means a collision with the party hierarchy, Livingstone did it and was thrown out of his party, then came back stronger than ever, but I don't think Mr James is of that calibre[/p][/quote]Well I never in my born days thought I would agree with you, but you are right, JA can't hold a candle to the likes of Ken Livingstone or Tony Benn, and I don't even vote labour!!! Igiveinthen
  • Score: -3

10:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dr Robert says...

I thought the Press had sorted out their website to stop vote fixing lunatics from distorting comments on this site, obviously not by the figures above, or could it be all York's labour voters , what remains of them, getting behind their dictatorial leader. By the way Mr Philip Johnson, are you of this Planet or Cloud Cuckoo land.
I thought the Press had sorted out their website to stop vote fixing lunatics from distorting comments on this site, obviously not by the figures above, or could it be all York's labour voters , what remains of them, getting behind their dictatorial leader. By the way Mr Philip Johnson, are you of this Planet or Cloud Cuckoo land. Dr Robert
  • Score: 0

9:12am Fri 11 Apr 14

wimtroch says...

How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country?
How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country? wimtroch
  • Score: 5

9:14am Fri 11 Apr 14

AnotherPointofView says...

"it is about listening to sense and facts" - Ha Ha. The trouble is he didn't do that at all and neither did Merritt and co.

Having been responsible for alienating York's and visiting motorists to the tune of well over a million quid, when the council is forced to pay it back, they should be doing the paying. If not they should be resigning. They have been responsible for one of the biggest ****-ups in York's history.

I sincerely hope that they DO feel defeated because they will next year! Roll on the elections.
"it is about listening to sense and facts" - Ha Ha. The trouble is he didn't do that at all and neither did Merritt and co. Having been responsible for alienating York's and visiting motorists to the tune of well over a million quid, when the council is forced to pay it back, they should be doing the paying. If not they should be resigning. They have been responsible for one of the biggest ****-ups in York's history. I sincerely hope that they DO feel defeated because they will next year! Roll on the elections. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 9

9:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

perplexed says...

wimtroch wrote:
How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country?
Have little time for labour but as recent developments in the Commons over expenses indicate ,the political classes display a staggering arrogance when it comes the ordinary people of this country . Cameron and Clegg have been guilty of more u- turns than a doorknob! Who can forget the likes of tuition fees and no top down reorganisation of NHS, to name but a few.

Maria Miller is symptomatic of a malaise which afflicts all parties , none of whom can hold their heads up high.
[quote][p][bold]wimtroch[/bold] wrote: How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country?[/p][/quote]Have little time for labour but as recent developments in the Commons over expenses indicate ,the political classes display a staggering arrogance when it comes the ordinary people of this country . Cameron and Clegg have been guilty of more u- turns than a doorknob! Who can forget the likes of tuition fees and no top down reorganisation of NHS, to name but a few. Maria Miller is symptomatic of a malaise which afflicts all parties , none of whom can hold their heads up high. perplexed
  • Score: 9

11:10am Fri 11 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

wimtroch wrote:
How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country?
National debt under Labour when the Tories took over = £700 Billion.
National debt now = £1.3 Trillion.
Yes , we are in safe hands with the Nasty Party.
[quote][p][bold]wimtroch[/bold] wrote: How anybody can be in favour of Labour or call their politicans 'a man of character' after they brought this country to the abyss after 13 years of complete and utter mis-management, is beyond me. Do we need to get as bad as Wales to realise that Labour is completely wrong for any country?[/p][/quote]National debt under Labour when the Tories took over = £700 Billion. National debt now = £1.3 Trillion. Yes , we are in safe hands with the Nasty Party. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 2

1:48pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dr Brian says...

Mr Johnson you are the vote rigger and I claim my £10!
Mr Johnson you are the vote rigger and I claim my £10! Dr Brian
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Fri 11 Apr 14

wimtroch says...

There is only one nasty party and it is scandalous Labour. Raising taxes, only benefitting benefit scroungers and single mothers whose children I pay for because they and their dads do not work; the illegal war which was going to cost £3bn and last 6 months (according to Brown); gazillions wasted on the NHS for what? Middle management jobs for the boys pen pushing target chasing communist brown nosers (look at NHS Wales for example, 15 years now under Labour, what a mess); deficit had to raise because we are still paying for the gazillions wasted by hypocrites like Tony, Jack, Gordon, Alistair and Peter, to name but a few. Under the Tories, workers are better off, under nasty Labour scroungers are better off, simples
There is only one nasty party and it is scandalous Labour. Raising taxes, only benefitting benefit scroungers and single mothers whose children I pay for because they and their dads do not work; the illegal war which was going to cost £3bn and last 6 months (according to Brown); gazillions wasted on the NHS for what? Middle management jobs for the boys pen pushing target chasing communist brown nosers (look at NHS Wales for example, 15 years now under Labour, what a mess); deficit had to raise because we are still paying for the gazillions wasted by hypocrites like Tony, Jack, Gordon, Alistair and Peter, to name but a few. Under the Tories, workers are better off, under nasty Labour scroungers are better off, simples wimtroch
  • Score: -1

9:47pm Fri 11 Apr 14

perplexed says...

wimtroch wrote:
There is only one nasty party and it is scandalous Labour. Raising taxes, only benefitting benefit scroungers and single mothers whose children I pay for because they and their dads do not work; the illegal war which was going to cost £3bn and last 6 months (according to Brown); gazillions wasted on the NHS for what? Middle management jobs for the boys pen pushing target chasing communist brown nosers (look at NHS Wales for example, 15 years now under Labour, what a mess); deficit had to raise because we are still paying for the gazillions wasted by hypocrites like Tony, Jack, Gordon, Alistair and Peter, to name but a few. Under the Tories, workers are better off, under nasty Labour scroungers are better off, simples
You are definitely simple!
[quote][p][bold]wimtroch[/bold] wrote: There is only one nasty party and it is scandalous Labour. Raising taxes, only benefitting benefit scroungers and single mothers whose children I pay for because they and their dads do not work; the illegal war which was going to cost £3bn and last 6 months (according to Brown); gazillions wasted on the NHS for what? Middle management jobs for the boys pen pushing target chasing communist brown nosers (look at NHS Wales for example, 15 years now under Labour, what a mess); deficit had to raise because we are still paying for the gazillions wasted by hypocrites like Tony, Jack, Gordon, Alistair and Peter, to name but a few. Under the Tories, workers are better off, under nasty Labour scroungers are better off, simples[/p][/quote]You are definitely simple! perplexed
  • Score: 2

11:21am Sat 12 Apr 14

wimtroch says...

alright then, perplexed ( I love it when people do not even dare print their name), tell me what part was wrong??
alright then, perplexed ( I love it when people do not even dare print their name), tell me what part was wrong?? wimtroch
  • Score: 1

7:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

wimtroch wrote:
alright then, perplexed ( I love it when people do not even dare print their name), tell me what part was wrong??
What is your name wimtroch ?
[quote][p][bold]wimtroch[/bold] wrote: alright then, perplexed ( I love it when people do not even dare print their name), tell me what part was wrong??[/p][/quote]What is your name wimtroch ? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -1

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